Tuesday, October 5, 2021

More 9 Patch Quilts

I sewed a LOT of 2.5" strips to make 9 patch blocks for crib quilts. The orange 9 patch was the first one. For the 2nd and 3rd quilts, I actually used a pattern!

I recently purchased the book Scrap School by Lissa Alexander and decided to make a smaller version of the County Fair quilt. I had already made the 9 patches using 2.5" squares.

I glanced at the directions and made sure I cut the side triangles the correct size and started sewing the blocks together. Everything went great until I tried to sew the side triangles onto the rows, they didn't FIT! So I checked the pattern again. I thought the quilt was based entirely 2.5" squares and strips, wrong! 

I certainly wasn't going to take these rows apart to trim the sashing so I improvised and finished the flimsy. It measures 35.5" by 47".

Then I started the next quilt making sure I used the correct sashing size. Those triangles fit the sides perfectly. I sewed the rows together, pressed the center then sewed the corner triangles onto the quilt. Something was off on two of the corners. 

After checking the pattern, I realized I had sewn a sashing piece onto the outside of those two corners. I sewed the triangles on anyway them trimmed the outer edge of the quilt. You wouldn't even know it wasn't supposed to be that way. This quilt measures 42.5" by 54".

By now I had enough of the Country Fair pattern and arranged the rest of the blocks in a 5 by 6 straight set. 

I was digging around in a box and found some older fabric that needs to be used for borders. 

This little quilt measures 45" by 53".

Now I have 3 more little quilts to quilt this winter. I'm done piecing 9 patches for awhile. 

After I clean up the sewing room, I'm going to trim the applique center for Lady Jane and see how long it takes to piece this flimsy. My 100 days are going fast!

Linking to To Do Tuesday, Stitch Sew & Show Wednesday Wait Loss, Put Your Foot Down, Needle & Thread ThursdayOh Scrap

18 comments:

Little Quiltsong said...

Love these cute quilt tops - each is so special! Beautiful colours in each. I too struggle with 'on point' quilts - and will often insert one or more occasionally, then quickly go back to 'regular' placements :)!

Design Originals by KC said...

I love that scrap quilt book you got! Just not enough hours in the day though it seems!!!
I love all 3 quilts and agree with all your decisions on these!! They are each different yet Sumilar! What other quilts in that book do u wanna make?

maggie fellow said...

My scrap school book is hiding somewhere. I really like the look of a simple 9 patch

Ivani said...

Simple nine patch blocks are so versatile. You made beautiful quilts with them, Gretchen!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I like all of the quilts -

Gretchen Weaver said...

There are several quilts in this book I would like to make. I think these quilts look so cute since I used a lot of 30's fabrics. They are so bright! I've put the book away for now though. I'm going to concentrate on the 3 quilts I want to have sewn into flimsys before the end of the year.

Linda said...

Haha on being done with County Fair! :D Those quilts turned out really cute though. I'm eyeing the Oh Scrap! book by Lissa Alexander right now, but I might have a look at Scrap School instead.
Thanks for linking up to To Do Tuesday. :)

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

The beauty of a white background. It all blends, no matter any issues! Yes, that is a good book!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those are great little quilts, Gretchen! I've seen that book recommended on other blogs, and it looks like a good one. Glad you figured out the issue with the first quilt.

grammajudyb said...

Good to hear that it’s ok to “adjust” the pattern when there is an “oops”! I'm a novice at on point! I might have given up! Thanks for the reminder!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Lol , Gretchen. I got tickled at reading your post because you sound so much like me. Making adjustments as you go - Your quilts look fabulous!!!! Happy quilting.

Chookyblue...... said...

Oh they all look lovely......

For the love of geese said...

That is so frustrating when you think you now exactly what you need to do only to discover... But hey, you now have 3 great quilts and your scrap pile is shrinking. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down. The border fabric looks like it was meant to be.

The Joyful Quilter said...

All three quilts turned out so cute, Gretchen! (Thanks for the reminder that I need to check on my book order, as my copy of Scrap School hasn't arrived.)

Nancy said...

They call it the humble nine-patch but gosh, there's nothing humble about these quilts! They are just wonderful. I like the sashing size on the first one best. To my eyes it gives just enough space for each block to shine on its own. But, of course, if I weren't comparing.... All three quilts are wonderful.
It's frustrating when sizes don't work out but you fixed the probably beautifully on the second quilt. Will you quilt them by hand or by machine?

QuiltGranma said...

I love 9-patch quilts, and these are wonderful!

Scrapatches said...

I am always in awe of your quilty accomplishments. Your work is so inspiring, even those you call "humble quilts." Thank you for linking up each week with my little sewing circle of friends ... :) Pat

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

What sweet little quilts! They are going to make some children very happy. What a generous soul you are! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.