Over the Christmas holidays I went to my parents place for a few days. I packed a few (nine) fat quarters and decided to haul out my mom’s machine start making a new quilt top.
At first, I planned to go to a quilt shop nearby to buy enough fabric to finish a project. Unfortunately the store was closed for two weeks.
But that didn’t stop me. I started making a nine-patch quilt using the fabric I did have.
The plan is to make a quilt that looks something like this. But much bigger, with different colours, and a wider boarder.
The more I quilting I do, the more I realize it is all about shortcuts. That may make me a lazy quilter, but means I generally finish projects rather than get annoyed or tired of them.
Here are the shortcuts I took in making my nine-patch block. I have no idea if this is how most people make nine-patches, but as I’ve learned to quilt on youtube, a couple books, and by asking a lot of pesky questions to nice ladies in Cape Breton, I’m pretty happy I figured this out by myself.
First I cut strips (2.5″ by 10″) and (2.5″) squares.
For any given square I would pick two strips.
Sew. Press seams flat. In some quits you press seams to one side or another. Generally you always press towards the darker fabric (so you don’t see it through a light fabric). Having both layers of the seam to one side can make it easier when it comes to hand quilting, as you want to have to push your needle through the least amound of fabric (resistance) as possible.
Once the 10″ strips are sewn together, cut into four 2.5″ sections.
Arrange three sections horizontally so the colours alternate. The fourth section is placed vertically. Pick one of the 2.5″ squares to complete the nine-patch.
Depending what square you use to complete the block, the fabric in the centre will change. Like so:
I liked this one, so I sewed the three sections on the left together, as well as the section on the right to the square.
One more seam to go:
With the nine fat quarters I had, I made 54 blocks. I’m going to need 90. I ordered the rest of the fabric I need for this quilt and it arrived this weekend.
I opted for a jelly roll rather than more fat quarters so I would have a greater variety of fabrics. The other fabrics from bottom to top will be for the batting, sashing, borders, and binding.
Once I finish machine-quilting (or need a break from quilting) my stacked coins quilt I started in May, I’ll work on this one. I’m trying very hard not to have too many WIP on the go at once.
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