Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mini Nine Patch Tutorial

Step One: Make yourself a refreshing cold drink.

Make sure you have the star iceblocks.

I'm not really going to number these steps.
Sort through your stash and select your fabrics.
I selected blues and an off-white scattered print background.

Cut 1 1/2 inch strips from each selected fabric.
You will also need 1 1/2 inch strips from your background fabric (not shown).
I cut from WOF (FQ or LQ) as I didn't mind having leftover strips.

From each blue fabric cross-cut (2) 6 1/2 inch strips.
Cut (1) 6 1/2 inch strip from the background fabric (not shown).

From each blue fabric cut (1) 3 1/2 inch strip.
Cut (2) 3 1/2 inch strips from the background fabric (not shown).

Strips laid out for one block.

Strips laid out ready for chain piecing.

Carefully stack them next to the sewing machine.

As I chain pieced I made sure that the I carefully set aside the third strips from each set so as to keep them in order after ironing. As I cut the threads apart between the strips, I kept them in a pile so that the last one I had just sewn was on the bottom and the first sewn was on the top. Leave the stack of 'third' strips at the sewing machine and head for the ironing board.

Carefully press the strips open, being careful not to distort the seamline. I pressed to the blue fabric every time. The stack should now be being reversed in order, as the set on the top of the stack is placed on the bottom of the new stack. This will place the sets in the same order as the stack left at the sewing machine.

Back to the sewing machine to chain piece the third strip to each set. Pay attention to which side you add the strips. The long strips have the background fabric in the middle. The short strips have the background fabric on the outside with the blue fabric in the middle.

Chain piecing.

We now have our strip sets to make our nine patches.

Square up and cross-cut (4) 1 1/2 inch strips from the long set.

Square up and cross-cut (2) 1 1/2 inch strips from the sort set.

Surprise! You actually have enough little strips to make two little blocks!

Place the strips for each block in a little stack, ready for chain piecing.

I stacked them next to the machine just as I did the strip sets, ironing before adding the third strip. When sewing, ensure the seams are butted up next to each other snugly. I didn't pin these little ones and they turned out fine.

Not knowing any different, I chose to press these seams open.

Teeny Tiny Nine Patches. They will finish at 3 inches square.

I laid them out on the fabric I chose for my sashing. I used 1 inch strips for my sashing. I have not done any instructions for adding sashing. Maybe another time.

Mini quilt basted and ready to go.
I machine quilted in the ditch around each square with a thread that matched the sashing.
TA - DAH!!!

I'm not an authority. This is just how I did it.
Nine patches are just about the easiest block after squares.


Barb said...

I enjoyed your tutorial...thanks!!

Terri S said...

I love doing 9 patches!!

I can't quite see what that refreshing drink is made of. Do tell!!

janet said...

Lovely, one day I'm going to do mini nines, I'm sure of it. I love lemon lime and bitters too in summer! Thanks for the tips and tricks.

nima said...

thank you for shring the tutorial

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Shari, a very impressive tutorial. And the result is great! Thank you (O:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful piece of work and thanks for the tutorial. Hope you have a great day.

Eileen said...

Your tute turned out great! Lots of work went into that.. I know.

Hmmm.. I always press my seams open. I know some say that's wrong.. but it really seems right to me!

Messy Karen said...

nice job. you've shown us that being organized makes this project easier. i open seams to eliminate bulk. but my teacher says not to if you're going to stitch in the ditch.

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