Oct 6, 2010

Making the Quickest Nine Patches...Ever!

The Great Nine Patch Celebration Exchange has been going on over at Julie K Quilt's blog and she mentioned that Mary of Quilt Hollow showed a super easy way of making nine patches that is quite ingenious.

But Julie..... I'd say my way is the very best of all. I didn't have to lift a finger and look what arrived at my house! This tiny, absolutely perfect, blue and white nine patch wonder of a miniature quilt and it measures just 9"x 12".

Thanks to JulieK who sent this in a snail mail package saying it was made to honor the challenges faced by families struggling with Alzheimer's. Her lovely note came with instructions "to do with it as I saw best." I told her for right now, it is giving me joy as it rests in a little sewing basket on top of my treadle sewing machine.

For now, it is bringing me joy and I admired it as I phoned home and talked to my mother over the weekend. I feel so blessed that she is still able to carry on a phone conversation with me at all. She may not be able to walk, to to use her arms, and can barely use her hands, but she still remembers who I am and still laughs at all of my corny, silly jokes. Knowing that my mother is still here, still able to connect on some level with me is still a huge blessing. During this healing time from the loss of my father, it is wonderful to have any and all moments of happiness and joy.

It is truly amazing how a quilt can lift the spirits and remind you that others, do indeed, care.

Directions for a different way of strip piecing quick and easy nine patch blocks and cutting them into strip sets:

Basically, the idea comes from a free pattern and looked like this above.Following the strip measurements, as well as the laying out pattern, there is a simple and accurate use of the strips, and the simplest number of seams needing to be sewn. It truly is a great idea and quite fast.

Step 1:
Combine 2 1/2" x 44" dark strips (A) and 1--2 1/2" x 44" lighter strip (B).
See diagram for placement.
Make one strips set. Press toward dark.

Step 2:
Sew 1 - 2 1/2" x 28" dark strip (D) to light side of strip set.

Add 1 - 2 1/2" x 14" (E, on far left) light strip to dark side of strip set.
See diagram for placement.

Strep 3:
Cut 10 - 2 1/2" pieced strips across from top of sewn sections.....
see top of diagram for 6 1/2" dark/light/dark sections,
which now measure 6 1/2" widths across and

Cut 5 - 2 1/2" pieced strips from the newer ligt/dark/light
see E sewn section in bottom section of diagram, left side.

Step 4:
Lay alternating nine patch strip sets, as shown and sew seams.

Free quick and easy super fast nine patch quilt pattern:
Warm Wishes Quilt for Project Linus: free pattern pdf

Other free quick and easy and super fast nine patch tutorials:

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Clare said...

Hi Michele,

I can't find the tutorial you show in your post. Could you possibly send me the link.


*karendianne. said...

Oh what a delightful, sweet little Blue and White darling you have there. How kind and loving. :)

Michele Bilyeu said...

Redid the post with my own directions and corrected the links. Let me know if my cutting directions were accurate. I was reading with 5 year old bifocals and a magnifying glass ;)

Dena said...

I love your little blue and white quilt. Adorable!

A friend of mine has a method for making nine patches where when you're finished you have two nine patches. I've tried her method and although it works, I'm so programmed to the old method that I don't remember her's until I'm half-way finished making my nine patches. LOL

julieQ said...

I am glad the quilt got there...thank you for the tutorial links, that will help!! Many hugs, Michele!