I joined a 9 patch swap over at Julie’s blog, JulieKQuilts.
We could choose to swap 6” blocks, 3” blocks, or both. I decided to go with the 3” blocks. The fabric requirement is Civil War Reproduction fabric, which I have none. Well, besides my Dear Jane fabric which is quarantined and only to be used for that quilt. So I had to go fabric shopping. I know, poor me. I went straight to the Civil War Repro section and after much consideration I decided to go with these two beauties. A blue paisley and a coordinating dark red. I think my 9 patches will be very pretty.
I am going to use a fun and fast method for making my 9 patches. I did a tutorial on this method a couple years ago here on my blog. I am going to repost that tutorial so you can try it too!
Originally posted May 30, 2008
I learned a different way of making nine patches from my friend, Nan, while I was at my retreat. It is a really fun way and I think this is how I will be doing them from now on. They seem to be more accurate and maybe even faster!
Ok, so start with two 4 1/2" squares. One light and one dark. (you will be making two nine patch blocks at the same time)
Put them right sides together and stitch a 1/4" seam on opposite sides of the squares. (no, I don't usually sew with bright orange thread. I just used it so you could see the stitches)
Take the two sides that are sewn and press the seams towards the dark fabric. Then lay your strips out like this.
Now sew your third strip to the other two. Make sure you are sewing a light, dark, light block and a dark, light, dark block.
This is what your two blocks should look like so far. Right now you have two rail fence blocks but we are going to keep going so we can have two nine patches.
Put your blocks right sides together making sure the strips are going the same way. Here is where the pay off comes for pressing your seams towards the dark fabric. You can fit those seams together like a puzzle. Now stitch your 1/4" seam on opposite sides of the block.
Just like before, you are going to cut your block in three equal parts,1 1/2" each.
Press your seams. Now your ready for the last step. Aren't you excited!
Sew that last strip onto your block with a 1/4" seam. Then press.
Ta-Da!! Two cute little nine patches that will measure 3 1/2". (3" finished)
Here's a view of the back of the blocks.
This is a great way to use up your scrap fabric. There are so many cute quilt designs you can make with nine patches. And you can use this method for any size nine patch you like. Let me know if you try this method and what you think of it.