I just cut stripes of 9 different christmas fabrics, 5 inch each... if I sew the first stripe in each row, press it, would I then cut it 5 inches or take into consideration my seam allowance? do you know what im sayin?
If you want your blocks to be all the same, then do cut your strips at 5" and sew them together into three strip subsections. Then cut them into 5" rows. Sew into your 9 square block and carefully press. I measure and slice, then square each quarter section to 6 1/2" rotate and resew into block. Please post a picture of your block. Hope this has been helpful.
You have 3 blocks each per row of 5” squares…after you sew them together they measure : 4.75”/4.5”/4.75” (one row)
You have three rows sewn together (one under the other) gives you a 15” block.
You then cut the middle squares (4.5”) in half…you then have 4 blocks of each 7”
Square them off to 6.5” and rearrange them and resew and you have a 12.5” block with 2x ¼” for the seam you will end up with a 12” inch square
Hope this helps a bit.
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lol Had to redo the math for the end block...now it should be ok.
I have never done a D9P...just did a little bit of drawing on a piece of paper to figure it out (with Mittsy's directions) and voila a "lightbulb" moment was created...lol
If you are sewing strips together and then cutting them in 5" segments you would need to make two sets of EXAMPLE: light, dark, light and then also one set of EXAMPLE: dark, light, dark. Then cut these strip sets in 5" segments and then sew the segments together with the odd one in the middle so there is contrast in your colors. Proceed to cut this 14.5" block in half both ways. I would then square each of the four pieces to 6.5" by trimming the two edges away from the small square. Then repostion in the way I like and sew back together... Just my opinion on it and I hope it makes sense...
Very nicely put. I really liked the baby quilt I made with the same colors in opposing corners. I think it's on the lsolette quilt thread and it was probably called ladybug. Lost all my pictures when the computer crashed but I'll try to find it and link to it.
There's no hard and fast rules for the disappearing nine patch. It looks great with all charm squares different, and it looks great scrappy or planned. Just have fun. This pattern is like eating potato chips, you can't just make one!
Black and white is awesome with a bright color as the center square. I made it with squares 1,3 7,& 9 in black on white, then squares 2,4,6,&8 in white on black square 5 was a bright color. I had 6 rows so I did 6 different brights and then sewed it together with each color in a row diagonally.
If you Google disappearing 9 patch, you can see all the different ways to assemble, It's amazing all the different looks.
The one thing that would give your quilt some continuity is to use the same fabric in all the center squares when you make your 9 patch. That way after you cut it in half both ways, all the small squares are the same fabric and it ties all the squares together. I would suggest you try crayons on some paper with colors you would like to try. Color a nine patch and then cut the paper the way I posted above and try out different layouts and colors. This way you are only using crayons and not fabrics... You just draw three blocks across for three rows down. Just a thought..
Pat, I don't have EQ either but several sets of colored pencils and several packages of graph paper (large size) that are left overs from when my late hubby cleaned out his office at retirement. They certainly come in handy!!! Have a couple of pencil sharpeners too Barb--manual and electric! LOL
I'm like Thunder. If all my squares are a D9P, then I don't cut down at all after quartering the original 9 patch. I did a Black/White/Red Where the center square was contrasting to the corners. If the corners were primarily red, I used a black center block and visa versa. Here is one set before and after cutting and resewing.
Thanks. Welcome to the forum Beebonnet and Janemarierose. You'll find great support, info and commaradery in these threads. I know that I've been inspired with what I've seen and been helped with here.
Your welcome Greta !! isn't that a fantastic fabric??!! I actually did some stuff in my boys rooms, long ago...they are now 23, 25, and 29... not long ago, while looking for something else, I came across some yardage of this!!! had to buy it. made a quilt for my grand daughter with some of it.