Sunday, February 14, 2010

So I Tried Something New...

 I had some wonderful batik fat quarters sitting in my stash and every time I looked at them I thought "I want to do something kind of cool with them"...but didn't have any idea what that would be. The colours are so vibrant (I couldn't get a picture that did them justice, but this is a close-up of all four).

Then one day I thought I would do my own version of the Disappearing Nine Patch that I wrote about earlier. I had enough to make a small baby quilt - a little under 40"x40", and what a great baby quilt - kids love the bright colours, and there are certainly parents who prefer something a little less pastel in nature.

So...I cut all my FQ's into 5" squares (72 total), and then made a pile of 9 patches - 8 total (if you're new to quilting, check out my earlier entries that will get you through the basic steps for this).

And of course (sigh), you have to iron all your seams down.

Okay, once that tedious little task is over, I want you to pull out your mat, cutter, and ruler. What I decided to do was to cut the 9 patch on the diagonal, from corner to corner, instead of vertically and horizontally. I am positive there is an actual name for this out there somewhere (or at least a more refined way of doing this), but I couldn't find one - so if you know of one, please share, I would love to know about it!

Okay, back to work. So, you will take your 9 patch, and make one cut diagonally from one corner to the other. As the squares aren't always perfect, I lined up with the corners of the centre square instead of the actual edges of the 9 patch.

Now you have two identical triangles. For speed, I lay one on top of the other (lining up the seams on the inside square, as shown).
 Use the grid on your mat to line up the centre of the triangle.

Cut directly down the middle.

There will now be 4 triangles.

Do this with all of your 9 patches. You've got yourself a new square now. Before you move ahead you may want to lay them out on a table or the floor in order to play with the layout a little bit, which is how I worked on mine.

Once you have your layout settled, sew together each paired triangle along the long edge. Then sew your squares together, one row at a time (ironing the seams down once you're done!), and then sew your four rows together, and iron. Your quilt top is now done. That was pretty easy, right?

Baste, layer, quilt, and bind. You're done!

Hope you like this one - if you make something with it, please let me know, I would love to see it.


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