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# okay another question disappearing 9patch

Utica, NY(Zone 4b)

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?

jmr

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

I think I'm confused. I have always cut squares not stripes. Are you making each block just the same?

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

if you start with 5" strips you would cut 5" from the sewen strips

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

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.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Ok Mittsy Im not sure about anyone else . but you confused me & I do strip/ speed quilting.
where did you get the 6 1/2" numbers from ??

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Hope this clarifies what Mittsy was saying:

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.

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
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This message was edited Nov 12, 2011 10:16 AM

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

ok I was just answering the first question asked ... to make a 9 patch you make the second cut the same as your strips were when you started :)

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

I just cut the 9 patch in half both ways, and don't worry about the measurements...as long as you do them all the same...

and yes if you are sewing 5'' strips together, you would sew three together, then cut every 5'', re arrange and sew into 9 patch block....

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I'm inclined to do it your way Thunder as long as I'm not mixing with other 12.5 blocks in a sample kind-a-way.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Most of my projects come from blocks sewn by many different people. This way I end up with all the blocks the same size.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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...

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

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.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I think this is it

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=6229979

Utica, NY(Zone 4b)

Can I do 9 different colors in each square if I do them unified throughout the whole quilt?

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

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!

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

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.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

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) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Ya, I don't have EQ but I do have colored pencils and graph paper!!

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

We will need to remember to send you a pencil sharpener with the next things we send to you!!!!

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

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

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

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.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Love the colors Stu.

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

The other combo

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

And the finished front

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Awesome!!

Coos Bay, OR(Zone 9a)

I love the other combo. Really great!

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

Oops, sorry, the other combo

Coos Bay, OR(Zone 9a)

OMGoodness---The finished front is awesome.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

I'm doing the same thing right now only with blue and yellow with white in the center.

I love that red & black, Stu. That fabric would make a neat stack & whack.

Utica, NY(Zone 4b)

what is a stack and whack?

jmr

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Very neat, look like a kaleidoscope. Google it

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

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.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

this is a DP9 I did with scraps of brights. I used various greens in the centers.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Wheee! great colors and a great way to use up scraps.

(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

I made a pdf called D9P blank with several different layouts for coloring.

It's stored here: http://minus.com/elizabethc

Just click on D9P thumbnail, then click on "Download" at the bottom right of the next page and save it to your computer.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Thanks, Elizabeth. That should help with directional fabrics, as well as color choices.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Thanks so very much Elizabeth.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Thanks Elizabeth. Now I must go try it....

Wichita Falls, TX

barefoot -- cool use of scraps. I recognize one of the pieces (blue plaid). In fact, I used that for bumper pads for a baby bed. He's now almost 13. Thanks for the memories.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

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.