Friday, January 1, 2016

The Lovely 9 Patch

This new feature is really all about learning how blocks work together, and what easy ways you can build quick and simple quilts using quick and simple blocks.....and we'll start with my favorite favorite block. The lovely 9 patch.  It's common and simple, and a simple color change (or changes) makes for an amazing quilt....the key to 9 patches is all about value, the contrast between your lights and's some examples...

The Basic 9 Patch
with a dark x

in a quilt.....

And with a light x

Mixed together in a quilt.....

yep -- that's 9 patches....believe it or not....

Making 9 Patches

Making 9 patches is easy...and very forgiving. Here's the instructions for my favorite size...6" finished.
  1. Cut 5 - 2.5" squares dark
  2. Cut 4 - 2.5" squares light
  3. Lay them out  in an X pattern, and sew into rows.
  4. Press each row toward the dark
  5. Sew the rows together
  6. Your block should measure 6.5" at this point. 

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