**update 6/27 - I have a typo in the poll. should be "not this time" on the repro poll. Blogger won't let you update after publication - sorry, this is my first one.
I recently finished my king sized quilt "King George". Can you believe I'm going to add a print border to either side. I still want it just a bit wider.
I contains 250 3" 9 patches. Whew, that's a lot.
My Illinois friends showed me a new technique for making them that is easy, quick and really good for making scrappy patches. I wish I had learned this earlier it would have been great for this quilt.
No Strip 3" (finished) Nine Patch
Cut 2 squares of contrasting fabrics, 4 1/2" each - (one light and one dark)
Place right sides together.
With right sides together, sew the outer edges (all seams 1/4"). I pinned in the middle to keep it lined up nicely.
Cut a 1 1/2" strip from the raw edges on both sides that have been stitched.
Press the pieced strips to the dark side. Line up the free strip with the stitched strips to form opposite sets. Stitch and press again to the dark side.
Now sandwich the them together finger pressing to nestle the seams.
Stitch each side.
Cut 1 1/2" strips from the raw edges on each side.
Arrange the free strip to make 2 opposite 9-patches (an X and a O)
Stitch to complete the set (2 opposite blocks).
I like to press the last seams open to make them lay nice and flat.
In no time at all you'll have a nice little pile of 3 1/2" (3" finished) nine patches!
Is anyone interested in trading some of these blocks? Would you want reproduction patches or new bright patches? I've posted a poll for each one. You can also do both. If there is interest I'll organize and host a swap.
Fun For Friday - a Cat's Tail
Scene: while sorting fabric, Luna enjoys a roll in the fabric pile....Starbuck sneaks in from the hall and pauses.....
Starbuck: Can I play? Luna: I don't think so.....
Starbuck: Please? Luna: I said NO!
Scene: Luna feigned a chase....Starbuck runs for the hall.
Luna: Victory in MINE !
Have a great weekend. The Swap Poll will be open until July 15th.