Monday, October 4, 2010
BOW #18 Nine Patch
It's easy to do--much like the Four Patch, with a few more squares. You have a choice of whether you want to have more dark or light patches--you need 4 of one and 5 of the other.
For a 12" finished block, you'll need:
(4) 4-1/2" squares of color #1
(5) 4-1/2" squares of color #2
Arrange as shown, and sew together:
Cut 5 strips of dark fabric, 4-1/2" x WOF (width of fabric), and 4 strips of light fabric, 4-1/2" by width of fabric. Sew into strip sets, as shown below. Make 2 of the first strip set, 1 of the other. (You need twice as many of the 2 dark/1 light rows as the 1 dark/2 light rows.)
Or, you can alternate Nine Patches with plain blocks of the background fabric to create a chain quilt (a Single Irish Chain).
I'm working on a scrap quilt (have you noticed that "I'm working" on a lot of quilts, but you don't hear so much about finished quilts???) that are random Nine Patches, some with 4 dark/5 light and some with 5 dark/4 light squares. I'm not worrying about what color goes next to the other, just sewing them all together. (I have MANY 1-1/2" squares that I cut out, with a template, early in my quilting days. I'm still working on putting those together, and have cut many since. It may be a lifelong project....)
I say let's give the Nine Patch the respect it deserves--and have fun with it!