I have begun working on new colorways for my To The Nines pattern. This pattern is for sale on My Patterns page, using a different method of half square triangles. The pattern also has lots of sizes, where the class will only be a throw size. First up is a lovely blue and yellow colorway. These fabrics are so pretty, but they are a weird size. What I thought was a fat quarter stack, turn out to be 6 inch WOF strips. So of course I cut them wrong. I should have cut some 4-1/2 inch strips first, but instead I cut 2-1/2 inch strips, which didn’t leave enough width to do the larger nine-patch blocks. Oh, well.
From the blue prints, I cut the squares needed for flying geese using a no waste method. This is a different method from the pattern, as the pattern is designed for scraps and uses HSTs.
I do think using two lines is more accurate than just one and eyeballing the 1/4-inch allowance.
I used my method of trimming geese using a square up ruler. Note I put the goose point on the 3-1/4-inch line so that there is 1/4-inch seam allowance below the goose point.
Then turn it around and trim to the correct size, in this case, 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches.
Sew the strips in sets of three, pressing all the seams in one direction.
Cross cut, then assemble the nine-patches for the stars.
Add the flying geese and the corner patches, and we have a nine-patch star.
Strip piece the larger nine-patches.
Cross cut into rows for the blocks.
Since all the larger nine-patch blocks are identical, rotate them so the overall effect is more scrappy.
I assembled the quilt using the web method to preserve the layout.
Then press the seams in opposite directions for nesting the final row seams.
Voila!! All assembled.
At this point the little quilt top is 36-inches square. At this size, I can quilt it with a single width of fabric backing. But I think I’ll add just a small white border to preserve the star points, as I usually put a deeper binding on quilts than just a quarter inch. So, I’ll get to that white border this week, then load it for quilting. This would make a nice little lullaby quilt at this size. I have more nine patches made from the 2-1/2-inch WOF strips, so I can do another little project with those.
What are you working on this week?