Friday, November 6, 2009

Nine Patch

Can you believe this is the first Nine Patch block I have ever made? Now is your chance to stop neglecting this classic quilt block!


1. Cutting tools (mat, rotary cutter, and ruler)
2. 3 fabrics of your choice

Fabric A - Purple
Fabric B - Green
Fabric C - White-Grey


Step 1 - Cut fabric as follows:

Fabric A (purple): 4.5" x 9", 4.5" x 4.5"
Fabric B (green): 4.5" x 9", 4.5" x 4.5" (cut two)
Fabric C (white-grey): 4.5" x 9"


Step 2 - Using 1/4" seam, sew!

From your 4.5" x 9" pieces sew Fabric A to B. Then, Fabric C to B. From your 4.5" x 4.5" pieces, sew both squares Fabric B to Fabric A. Press seams in one direction on your larger patches, and in the opposite direction on your smaller patches.


Step 3 - Cut your rectangle in half

Using your acrylic ruler and rotary cutter, cut two 4.5" wide pieces from your 9" wide patch.


Step 4 - Layout

Rotate and arrange your strips into a layout that looks pleasing to you.


Step 5 - Pin & Sew

Using flat quilter's pins, pin your strips. When lining up, take care to match your seams. This way, your blocks line up. If you pressed correctly, your seam allowance should alternate directions. You can feel if you have overlapped your seams and seam allowance. Line up your blocks so that seams and seam allowance are side by side, rather than stacked. Sew together using 1/4" seam allowance.



Step 6 - Press and Be Done!

Press your final seams open (or to one side if you prefer). Admire your newly-minted Nine-Patch!

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