Saturday, 18 June 2016

take a bundle of 5" squares....




Last week I broke out my Cotton & Steele that had just been waiting for the 'right' project. I have a variety of different fabrics, small amounts from different collections in the C&S range, and they do all seem to co ordinate well together. I narrowed things down a bit, using a colour scheme of blues and orange, and the occasional 'pops' of jade.




I decided to try out the 'cut up 9 patch' idea, it looked quite quick & easy, perfect for some in-between sewing today. I had cut out lots of 5" squares earlier, and all that was needed today was to throw in the odd low volume lighter fabric and a few others that blended well. After making up the 9patch blocks, you slice & shuffle them around, and then sew them all back together into blocks again. I loved both Heather and Karyn's versions {see here and here} Heather's inspiring version is a development of Quilting in the Rain's Home Sweet Home quilt.



 


After making a couple of blocks up, I did wonder what was going on, but I checked in with Karyn who reassured me this was how it was supposed to go! It's an interesting pattern - only the very centres line up. Everything else doesn't... Glenys, don't look... you won't be happy at all with this!








I must confess I got a bit bored making these up, so I called it a day when I reached a reasonable size. Next up, making a decision about those setting triangles so I can get it all up off the "design floor"... hm-m-m- do I go light or dark?


Looking at it now, it does all look quite scrapalicious! 
Linking up with Cynthia here for 'oh scrap' 
and for show & tell over here at sewfreshquilts


19 comments:

  1. Gosh when do you find time to sleep. I quite like the look of the grey/taupe it is on at present - seems to make the blocks POP.

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  2. It looks fantastic. If you want Heather's maths for the quarter square triangles to finish it, let me know.

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  3. What a great quilt! Love your colour and fabric choices.

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    1. Thank you! I’m just auditioning a couple of options for those setting triangles this morning, as I really wanted to use fabric from my stash.
      If not, I may need a shopping trip out to ‘allthingspatchwork’ after all!

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  4. I've never done a D9P on the diagonal. GREAT idea!! Something light-ish would finish your quilt off nicely, followed by a dark or bright binding. Good luck with the finishing!!

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  5. Most definitely scrapalicious!! I've never seen this way of cutting the 9patch blocks into quarters before, very interesting and speedy too?

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  6. This makes a really fun quilt!

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  7. The fabrics and colours are gorgeous - my daughter is requesting a blue and orange colour scheme! I hadn't seen a 9 patch cut on the diagonal before it give a really fun result.

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  8. That's way more exciting than the disappearing nines I've seen! I think you need a plaid for the setting triangles. (Yeah, I know I always say that...)

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  9. I haven't seen the 9-patches sliced on the diagonal before either - just straight up and across...very cool - the unmatching-ness adds to the charm!

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  10. I've never done that cut on the diagonal and I really like it! How many 5" squares did you start with?

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    1. Yes, it’s a nice change isn’t it?
      Well, I guess I initially cut out around 108 – that makes 12 9-patch blocks, set 3 blocks across X 4 down.
      Then you need a few more 9-patch blocks to slice up and add around the edges. This creates the outer triangular edge – which initially causes one to really look & wonder about just how it’s made! Happy sewing!

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  11. OOHH this is fun!! Love your fabric choices and love how they resewn blocks don't quite line up, the slight wonkiness makes you take a second look.

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  12. Your version looks nice and fresh Linda - I think adding in the low volume squares really helps. This pattern gives a lot of 'bang for your buck' - very effective, but simpler than it looks.

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  13. I love your color choices. What about a woven or yarn dyed Essex linen? In a pretty teal or denim blue. I say go shopping :)

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  14. I haven't seen this way of cutting a 9 patch before but I like how it has turned out a lot. I like that nothing matches up too.

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  15. It's a very interesting version of a disappearing 9. It's very attractive with the co ordinating colours and the low volumes.

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  16. I had actually made several quilts before I ever tried a 9 patch. I was like you... I got totally bored after the first two blocks! The C&S collections look great together, and I like how you've added other designers to the mix.

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