I'm finally mentally back from Spring break. My house is somewhat in order and I'm ready to pick up where we left off.
So remember when I cut these 14 different flower print fabrics, selvage to selvage, into 3" strips?
And said that I would use them to make another simple nine-patch quilt like this one?
And that I would let you in on the simplest and quickest way that I have found to piece all those 3" strips into nine-patch blocks?
Well here goes:
1. Choose your favorite coordinating fabrics. I have 14 different fabrics here for a large twin-sized quilt but you can make this with as few as 8 for a baby-sized one. (an even number of fabrics is best so that you can match them up later)
2. Cut Three 3" strips, selvage to selvage, out of each fabric. If you're doing the math here, you only need 9 inches, selvage to selvage, of any one fabric which is not a lot so you can use up all the ends of yardage you have lying around. Tutorial for cutting strips here.
3. Pair the fabrics up into sets of 2. For example, if you have 14 different fabrics you will have 7 sets of 2. This is the fun part because any way you pair them they will look great.
4. Sew the 2 sets of three 3" strips, selvage to selvage, as shown in photo above. Now you have 2 panels, each made up of three strips.
Note: I don't want to confuse anyone but for those who want a scrappier nine-patch block or simply don't have enough fabric to cut three strips (like yours truly) you can substitute a similar fabric for one of the strip sets. See how the green flowers are two different fabrics. If you do this make sure to keep the second fabric constant else you will lose the nine-patch form.
6. Cut the strip sets across into 3" strips. You will have about 13 strips out of each selvage to selvage set, which is enough to make 8 nine-patch blocks.
Cutting Tip: Because the top & bottom edges may be a bit uneven or stretch a bit during pressing... Always align your measuring ruler (right) with a sewn seam rather than the top or bottom edge. This will give you perfectly straight 3" strips.
7. Sew half the strips into nine-patch blocks like so. (you'll have enough for 4 blocks)
And sew the other half of the strips like so. (you'll have enough for 4 of these blocks)
The scrappy blocks will look like this...
My blocks are all done. Because I had 7 sets of fabrics and each selvage to selvage strip yields 8 blocks I have 56 eight-inch blocks which will make a large twin size quilt for Spring. Promise you will be the first to see it once I get it all assembled.
Even if you never make this particular quilt, I hope you found something here that you can use to simplify the sewing and quilting process. Making is fun and exciting and should not feel intimidating or, dare I say, like work.