Friday, April 1, 2011

My First Tutorial

Pierina is still away down south so just Maria, Joyce and I got together to do some quilting. 

I am making a 6 1/2" - 9 patch square the easy way.

You start off with 2- 7 1/2" squares of fabric.  This means that your initial square is 1 1/2 " larger than your finished 9 patch square.  Place them right sides together and sew down the side of each paired square.

After you have sewn down both sides you cut the square into 3 equal parts.  So I cut it into 2 1/2" strips

The 2 outer strips are sewn together but the one in the center has no stitching.  Open the two in the center up and sew one piece to each of the other pieces.

This is what you should end up with.

Now put them together so that they can be sewn.

All pressed and ready to be sewn together.

Now sew them together and run the seam over the end with the 3 pieces as above.

 Now cut these apart into 3 equal pieces again and when you separate them you will see that they will go together into a nine patch block.

Sew these together and you have perfect 6 1/2 inch 9 patch block without cutting out 2 1/2" squares.

I hope anyone can understand this tutorial, if not please email me and I will help out any way that I can.

This was a demo at the Guild this month and I think it is really great because you make two at once, mirror images of each other.

These can be made any size just as long as you make the initial square divisible by 3.

Maria is making a placemat so we had fun helping her put the squares together.  We laid them out on the batting so that she could just pick them up and start sewing and be able to keep them in order.

We did do a lot of sewing.  Joyce is making the border for her rag quilt.  I thought I had a picture of it but I was using a different camera and I guess I didn't take a picture. 

Joyce has the fabric turned inside out so you can't see the beautiful red colour that it is.  It is going on a sporty denim and flannel rag quilt.

Now I have to put my 9 patch squares together.  Hopefully I will get my project finished today and take a picture of it.


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