Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Disappearing 9-Patch


One of my dear customers told me about this pattern and when I was snowed in for the second time within a month I decided to look it up. With a busy schedule and little ones always at my feet, I don't have a lot of time or space for quilting. That's why I love this pattern sew much! It can be sewn together in a weekend or just as easily packed and unpacked when your schedule gets in the way.

I used an assortment of 18"x22" fat quarters and was able to cut (16) 4 1/2" squares from each, but I was cutting right on the edge. That's why I decided it would be best to use 4" squares. This also makes a 10" finished block, which is a standard size. However, who's to say anyone has to conform to the standard. So, why not try using 5" charm squares for a more scrappy look.

Here is how I made this black, white and red version:

Here's What You'll Need:
6 Dark Fat Quarters
6 Light Fat Quarters
3/8 yd Contrast Fabric
1/2yd Inner Border
3/4yd Outer Border

*Do not prewash your fabric because this will cause excess shrinkage and fraying.

Cutting: Begin by cutting (16) 4 inch squares from each fat quarter. This will give you a total of 96 dark squares and 96 light squares. Next cut (24) 4 inch contrast squares.

The 9-Patch: Start sewing your squares together in the sequence: row 1: dark-light-dark, row 2: light-contrast-light, row 3: dark-light-dark. Make 24 blocks measuring 11 1/2 inches unfinished.

Disappearing 9-Patch: Cut your 9-patch blocks in half twice. Once vertically, once horizontally. Rotate the top right square 180 degrees. Rotate the bottom left square 180 degrees. Sew the 4 blocks back together. Your 24 blocks will now measure 10 1/2 inches unfinished.

Assemble The Blocks: Sew your 24 blocks into 6 rows, 4 blocks per each row. Sew the 6 rows together. Measure your
quilt top.

Adding Borders: For the 1 1/2 inch inner border, cut (6) 2" strips and sew them end-to-end until they are the correct length. First sew them to the sides and second to the top and bottom. For the 3 inch outer border cut (7) 3 1/2 inch strips. Repeat the steps above to attach the outer border.

That's it! You're ready to layer, quilt and bind! When you try this pattern, leave me a comment and tell me what you thought!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

February Classes Scheduled and BOM Resumes

If you've been following me on Facebook you may have noticed I've been in a bit of a "Quick & Simple" mood. More and more UFO's were accumulating in my sewing room and I simply lost motivation in 2009. So as I moved forward into the new year I made a decision to start finishing things. And to get me going again I got back to basics with quarter square triangles and 9-patches. These weekend quilts have been so rewarding that they gave me another great idea.
Introducing our new Back To Basics Technique Classes! Starting in February we have scheduled a series of classes including, Quilting 101, Foundation Piecing, Bind and Finish, Hand Applique, Machine Applique, Hand Quilting and Machine Quilting. We're even offering 1 Free repeat, which will allow you to take what you've learned home to practice and come back again with any questions that you may stumble upon. I really think these are going to be a lot of fun and the best part, at $10 each they're super affordable.
But if you're looking for more somthing more inspirationally challenging, we have Ricky Tims' new Kool Kaleidoscope, Sew Easy Geese and many classes on the schedule.
If a class just isn't your thing, how about trying our block of the month club? It's called Mainstreet Madness Block Party and it takes place on the 3rd Friday of each month, starting in February. For $5 you'll receive your first block pattern and pre-cut fabric. Take it home and bring it back finished the following month between 5p and 8p and you'll receive the next block for FREE. Now that's a great deal!
If any of these sound like something you're interested, please call the shop and RSVP. (940)569-0804