Some time ago I bought several 10" layer cake packs of handpainted Bali batiks by Hoffman Fabrics. These are called Bali Crackers, and are in the Cockatiel colorway.
I just thought they were pretty, and I knew I'd find a good use for them. And sure enough, I ran across what seems to be the perfect use for them. The minute I saw Missouri Star's video on the Disappearing Hourglass technique, I knew I had a quilt.
I had a couple of fat quarter bundles of white/cream neutral batiks called Island Batiks, which I thought was appropriate to use for the backgrounds of these blocks. I was able to cut two 10" squares from each of the 12 fat quarters, and when I removed the black and grey squares from the Bali package, I had 24 colorful squares left. Perfect!
I won't go through the technique here, Jenny does a far better job in her video than I can. Suffice it to say, it's quick, easy, and produces a fantastic complicated-looking block in the most painless way possible. The trick is to take your time, and make sure all of your seams match up nicely. Here's my first few blocks.