Friday, October 7, 2011

Disappearing 9 Patch

Marilyn, a lady from our quilting bee The Happy Stitchers, made some of these blocks one evening.  What she came up with was really pretty so, I thought I'd give it a try.  What an amatuer, I am!

I chose the Cherries Jubilee charm pack from American Jane for Moda.  I actually wound up having to use two of them because I could get only four 9 patch blocks from each charm pack.  Luckily, I'm practically drowning in charm packs.

The concept is really simple.  Start by sewing a 9 patch block: 3 rows of 3 blocks each.  I used charm packs because they're precut and I'm impatient, but you could use any size block you wanted.

Once the 9 patch is assembled, cut it down the middle vertically...

...and across the middle horizontally.

What you wind up with are four wonky 4 patches that you simply turn any direction until you're satisfied with the look.  Alas, this is where I encountered some trouble as I am never satisfied.  You can really drive yourself bonkers if you're too finicky with this pattern.  I'm already bonkers, so it was a short trip.

Mom and I got together last night to sew and chat...and eat cheesecake and I still managed to get all the blocks pieced.  When I put laid them out...hmmm (this is me, sounding not very pleased).

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear my daughter's crayon box threw up on my design wall.  It's a bird!  It's a plane!  No!!  It's technicolor fiber vomit!  So for now I'm stuck, but I'm contemplating adding some sashing to break up all that gawd-awful nauseousness.  Or I may just close my eyes, pull a Michael Andretti to speed sew them all together and get this thing outta my way.  I'll think on it awhile...and you know how long that takes me.

Happy quilting, ya'll!


  1. I think with sashing it would work .I want to make this pattern too one day .I am sure it will look great when your done .

  2. I made one and used a charm pack. I think the problem is not enough solids. When I laid mine out, not enough solids would have worked better.But you know what I am going to put mine together. I think yours looks great. It is a great scrappy quilt.

  3. I managed to pick out sashing fabric (basic black)much to the chagrin of the quilt shop lady who was advocating for a putrid shade of green. She did make the same suggestion as Carolyn about using some solids to break it all up which is probably a very wise idea. Lesson learned...don't be lazy and rely on the charm pack to do all the work! LOL!!

  4. I plan to do it like she does in this link . Hope it helps you

  5. Betty, that's the way I did mine, only hers lacks my 'holy crap, what did I do' look. I'm going to my (sewing) corner now to try and salvage the thing...wish me luck!