I'm tired of calling it the 4-1/2" finished 9-Patch project so I've renamed it, Scrappy 9 Patches. How's that for originality?
I carefully arranged the blocks on the design floor and removed the first 3 diagonal rows to sew together. It was a breezy day with refreshing air coming in from both the south and east windows. The careful arrangement soon looked like this!
I picked up the scattered blocks and sorted them into their respective piles.
Two or three rows were arranged at a time from then on.
(The tray measures 17" x 25" and was purchased at E & S Sales in Shipshewana, Ind. I have 4 or 5 of these giant cookie sheets. They are large enough to hold all the pieces of a quilt. They're easy to stack, easy to carry and they're not flimsy. I see some quilters using small aluminum pans, those won't work for me, too small, too flimsy!)
This is a true scrappy quilt. The background fabrics are all left over from other projects. I used light colored background fabrics because I want the 9 patches to show, that's my personal preference.
When I see a quilt with a busy background fabric, I have trouble seeing the actual design of the blocks. If that if what you like, go for it, I'm not the quilt police.
Some people don't like to sew diagonal rows. I just always make the side triangles a little bit larger then trim the excess when the center is pieced.
You need to cut a square diagonally both ways so the long side is the straight of grain. This way you aren't dealing with bias on the outside edge of the quilt.
I had fun sewing this quilt and really like how she turned out. Quick and easy is always great! I'm sure you've noticed that there is not an outside border. This quilt flimsy will also be gifted to my friend who will quilt it for one of her children, just like the Sister's Choice flimsy. She'll add border fabric of her choice.
The individual blocks measure 4-1/2" finished and the flimsy measures 72" x 89". I wish now I had added another row to the quilt so the width would be wider. My friend will need to add 8" borders to make this quilt into queen sized. That may seem too wide to a lot of people but she has some lovely stencils for hand quilting 8" borders. Yes, she's a hand quilter.
Another project (#10) crossed off the original list of 10, just two more project to go! (Updated-I made a mistake, there are 3 project to go!)
Linking to Esther's Wednesday WOW!, Let's Bee Social, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Show Off Saturday, Oh Scrap