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Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
6:02 AM

Post #7828769

I thought this would be a fun technique to share. It makes an adorable scrappy quilt and the best thing is ...no rules! you start with whatever size square you want. I had a couple of charm packs to use so the squares are 5 inches. First, you lay out your squares in a 9 patch arrangement. I purposefully put a dark pink square in the middle square of each arrangement. You'll see why here in a minute :)

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Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
6:04 AM

Post #7828780

Next, sew the 9 patch together as usual. Lay it on the cutting board and make one vertical cut through the center and another cut horizontally through the center.

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Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
6:09 AM

Post #7828797

You now have 4 new blocks! arrange them however pleases you :) you can make lots of different arrangements. I like to arrange mine like in the picture with 2 pointing out and 2 pointing in.

upper left-out
upper right-in
lower left- in
lower right- out

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Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
6:11 AM

Post #7828802

I only have two 9 patches cut apart here, or 8 blocks but you can see the pattern emerging already. I put the dark pink square in the middle of the 9 patch because once you make your cuts, it turns into the little accent squares.

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Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2010
6:36 AM

Post #7828874

Mojo you are amazing! Putting a twist on an easy pattern and making it a 'must do'. Like I need another project, LOL. Keep them coming. (When do you sleep?)
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
6:39 AM

Post #7828890

when the dog and cat decide to settle down and not play all night:) we were woken up by a huge crash at 4am the other morning. Scares the poo out of you when that happens, but they both were sitting there looking innocently up at me like :it wasn't us honest!". I still haven't found what they knocked over. I probably am better off not knowing :)

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2010
7:36 AM

Post #7829071

My Benny knocked over the chair in my room twice last night, I finally decided to leave it on the floor!

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Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
7:48 AM

Post #7829107

awww..he's playing hearts! looks like he has a pretty good hand there :)
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
8:12 PM

Post #7831803

it's growing into pretty good UFO...uh, I mean quilt, yeah a quilt!

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Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2010
7:30 PM

Post #7841159

It's ready for some borders:)

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2010
5:30 AM

Post #7841810

Wow Sondra - that is so pretty. I'll be glad when things settle down at my house and I can quilt at my leisure again. It seems lately the only sewing I do are the swaps I'm in and no time for MY fun. Oh well that will change soon I hope...
quilter_gal
(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

May 30, 2010
7:47 AM

Post #7842102

LOVE those fabrics - the colors are just scrumptious!

When I first got interested in quilting, it was because of a jelly roll I saw on eBay and if it wasn't the same line as your quilt here, it was dern close! I think "Allspice" might have been the name of that line I saw. Or something by Fig Tree Quilts? Memory cells not firing on all cylinders. :-\

What line is this one?

This pattern is so great, isn't it? I'm making these quilts from childrens' bright aquatic prints, right now. Well, better to say that I've got the 9" squares cut and set beside my machine. Haven't begun to sew them yet.

Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2010
7:59 AM

Post #7842125

I used the Allspice Tapestry charm packs for this one. You make twelve 9 patch blocks out of the charm squares and about the only thing I made sure was consistent was putting the red squares in the middle of the 9 patch but you can place them any way you want to really. After I got the 9 patches done, I cut them up and then randomly picked 4 units to sew back together to make the block. Make 12 of those and sew them together in 4 rows of 3 blocks. It's literally one of those projects you can blast through in a few hours.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2010
8:09 PM

Post #7844266

That's really pretty... maybe what I need to do to get a few "quickies" done.
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2010
9:39 PM

Post #7844518

I can't wait to show you all the 'scuse my language, kick ass border on it! will be showing it tomorrow!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2010
11:10 PM

Post #7844724

Can't wait to see it!
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2010
10:06 AM

Post #7845711

here she is!

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

May 31, 2010
2:10 PM

Post #7846413

Oh Sondra - that is so beautiful. What a fantastic way to finish it up. I really love it..
quilter_gal
(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

May 31, 2010
3:12 PM

Post #7846533

Very pretty! The smaller red squares are a great touch! :)
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 31, 2010
3:28 PM

Post #7846566

Lovely!!!!1

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2010
7:27 AM

Post #7848226

A great idea for a quilt... will think about this for some fabric pieces that I want to use. Also a good idea for blocks for dog crate covers I want to make...hmmmmm...there's the use for all those scraps.
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2010
4:46 PM

Post #7861918

She is ready for binding! after cussing my machine since yesterday, I took it into the shop and the repairman took it apart, put it back together, although he could not isolate the problem it acted better after that. I did buy 10 new bobbins yesterday so they may be what's causing the breaking thread. As I put in a new bobbin, if it acted up, I took that one out and set it to the side. Some worked fine, some didn't...go figure:)

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Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2010
4:46 PM

Post #7861919

a close up of the meander quilting

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FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 5, 2010
5:27 PM

Post #7862018

beautiful
quilter_gal
(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

June 5, 2010
8:52 PM

Post #7862518

Gosh, that's so pretty! Your stitching is so neat and even - I have a terrible time with consistent stitch size and I can't do meander quilting worth beans.

You make me extra sorry that I didn't buy that collection when it came out. :)

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 5, 2010
11:41 PM

Post #7862927

Absolutely lovely Sondra, what is the size?? and do you know how many 5'' squares you ended up using??? I love your meander...I think I do mine too close / small .

I need to make an anniversary present, I have been collecting fabrics in their wedding colors, and I am thinking it may be a very good Idea to use the disappearing 9.. My brain is in need of something simple and fun

and I know this is the wrong place, but I got my blue and yellow block! it is great !! I will post over there too...tomorrow..with a picture..thanks
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2010
6:49 AM

Post #7863292

162 five inch squares for the whole thing including the border or 108 five inch squares for the body only. Mine is measuring at 54 inches by 67 inches.
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2010
6:53 AM

Post #7863305

I started thinking, swapping 5 inch squares for a D9P ( disappearing 9 patch) would be fun:)

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2010
7:42 AM

Post #7863417

Oh I like that idea Mojo! If you follow thru with that be sure and link it or I'll never see it to join!

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 6, 2010
2:38 PM

Post #7864560

Great Idea !! How Many??? what colors?? when??

I have lots of "brights" for sure...

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2010
2:55 PM

Post #7864591

Hummmmmmm... would we each declare our own colors and then get 5 inch blocks in those colors to combine? I see that would clean up the scaps the best! Hehehe... yes, I can see lots of fun with this swap!

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2010
6:06 AM

Post #8064975

Sondra and all. Thinking about using the D9S for my next lap quilt gift. I know that you can use any sized squares. Just wondering what the LEAST # of fabrics that you've used for this. I have about five or so that I bought specifically for this project, plus I can add a few scraps in here and there for interest. Just seeing what others have done.
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2010
6:10 AM

Post #8064986

the least I've used is 3. I always put the darkest or brightest fabric in the middle square of the 9 patch. Once cut, that square becomes the 4 smaller squares. I made a patriotic quilt for the 4th out of the d9p blocks with only 3 colors, let me go take a pic of it. BRB
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2010
6:16 AM

Post #8064996

for these blocks the reds were in the 4 outer corner spots, the dark blue in the center and the creams in the 4 middle spots

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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2010
6:39 AM

Post #8065029

WOW Sondra, I'm going to have to remember that idea! I love it!

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2010
6:57 AM

Post #8065062

Thanks, Sondra. Looks great. So a D9 it is for this quilt. I've got some old-time circus patterns, a couple of piano and musical note patterns and some scraps that I'll use here and there. My friend is a descendant of PT Barnum and is a philanthropist for the performing arts both local professional and for high school students.

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 27, 2010
7:15 AM

Post #8065095

Stu, those fabrics sound like they will fit him to a 'T'. Be sure to post a pix of it when you get it done.

Sondra, just using the 3 colors really shows how the pattern comes back together. I really am puting D9P on my list of 'to do's', now where did I put that list?

This is a small wallhanging my sister Carol made for my sister Joyce's house in Florida.

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FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2010
7:16 AM

Post #8065100

Catbird... re: the wall quote...ain't that the truth!!!!!!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2010
8:23 AM

Post #8065221

I see another swap in my future, too!

This would be such an excellent idea!
Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2010
9:13 AM

Post #8065292

[quote="FLStu"]Thanks, Sondra. Looks great. So a D9 it is for this quilt. I've got some old-time circus patterns, a couple of piano and musical note patterns and some scraps that I'll use here and there. My friend is a descendant of PT Barnum and is a philanthropist for the performing arts both local professional and for high school students.[/quote]


awsome! just remember to put the large motifs that you don't want cut up into the 4 outer corners and it will look dandy!

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