Saturday, March 27, 2010

Nine Patch Blocks

My sewing group has been swapping 4.5" nine patch blocks (see some above). I have been thinking about what I'm going to do with them all. There's 2 sets of 120 blocks, one in brights and the other muddy colours. Each set will be made into a different quilt. I'd like to set them with an alternate block. So have come up with the ideas below. What does everyone out there think? Write me a comment telling what you think. Or suggest something different, all ideas welcome. Leeann

Four X block (3 colours)

Snowball Blocks

1/2 sq Triangles

Four X Blocks (2 colours)

With 1/2 Sq Triangles

to look like Friendship Stars

13 comments:

  1. LOVE 9 Patch blocks there is so much you can do with them. They are also a goos choice when making raffle quilts.

    tizart

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  2. Hi Tizart, did you like any of those options, or I just do a plain alternate square?

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  3. Love the blog Leeann - well done :)
    Also love your 9-patch blocks - our group did a similar thing and I joined mine with 1.5"sashing strips between and 1.5" corner squares - used creams for strips and scraps for corner squares to reflect variety of 9-patches. Put lots of blocks together and added a 6" cream border around it on which I appliqued a floral vine border then added 2 more rows of the sashed 9-patches. Mandy did similar using purple fabrics and that made it to a club exhibition. Mine given to my son and his partner - her sister washed it and shrunk wool batting dreadfully - I have got it back and plan to unpick and requilt - one day!!
    Therearediffernt books with choices and I also got inspiration via a Quilters Newsletter where others had done a similar group challenge - but please don't ask which one - lol :) Cheers Fleur

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  4. Thanks for that Fleur, I went to quilters newsletter site and searched their indexes. I found a nine patch exchange article in no.357 pg 60-65. Has some good ideas.
    Also found no.354 pg 60-61 a quilt(Starry Nine Patch)by New Zealand quilter Cherie A. Flynn.It's really nice.
    And no.351 pg28-29 Woven Ribbons by Sandee Wachal.
    I love my quilters Newsletters I have been getting them since 1996, and find that I refer to them often. Will have to print the indexes. They are very good as they have a subject index, as well as by quilt name.

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  5. I just love scrappy quilts and nine patches are spot on for the scrappy look.We are also doing a nine patch swap in our group, we will end up with 144 of them!!Pay a visit to Bonnie at http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
    she has wonderful scrappy quilts and nine patches also.She has a great part on scrappy pieced backings too.

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  6. Thanks Leeanne, Quiltville is one of my fav sites. It has so many great tips. I've cut all my scraps up using her scrap user system. Now I have to get going and use them!:-)

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  7. I like the one with the hourglass blocks between, gives the illusion of a star!

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  8. Thanks Leeann, I must look into Bonnie's scrap user system...not that I have scraps!!He, he,he

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  9. Lots of choices to make these blocks up to a nice quilt..I like the stars best...
    Hugs Dawn x x EQ7

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  10. I LOOOOVE 9 patches. Do you have to make 2 quilts? Can you use both colorways in each quilt instead of seperating them? EQ7

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  11. They are all great choices. I think the snowball would be my selection. EQ7

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  12. not sure if this will post but here goes anyhow. i guess you made up those layouts on EQ7, your new toy, lol. i like the snowball best. mostly because you can do some fantastic quilting designs in the middle of each snowball. tisnt a quilt til its quilted, eh. i'm sure there are gazillions of other possible layouts. maybe more playing with EQ7 is needed. :))

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  13. Pretty blocks I like snowball then 4 x 2 blocks. EQ7

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