LABOR DAY RETREAT
A little history about this quilt. I chose the fabric for a baby quilt for my granddaughter who was born 5 years ago, but my daughter didn’t like it, and so this fabric has been sitting in my stash just waiting for the right project. I need to mention that I saw this design on Quilting With Nancy and I want to give her show credit for the ideas. This quilt will be given as a charity quilt. The pattern is very easy to make and is very forgiving. I started playing with it even further using Electric Quilt software. I have not decided on a name for this block pattern yet.
There are 4 blocks to this quilt and the size is 30 x 30, perfect size for a baby quilt.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS: Will be different for each separate block. A FQ would be perfect for this project. The colors I chose are pinks and polka dots in flannel. You can use bright colors if you wish.
Before we begin I should let you know that this is based on the simple but elegant 9-Patch block but with a twist. There are 4 variations to the block that will be used. Remember that when you make your block, all pieces combined should add up to 12.5 inches when finished. There will be a secondary pattern that shows up in the sashing when it is completed.
Block 1: Please make a 12.5 inch 9-patch for the first block. The measurements are 4.5 inch squares. You can find it at: http://quilterscache.com/N/NinePatchBlock.html if needed.
This is my finished Block 1:
From fabric 1, cut one 9 x 5.5 inch rectangles. Set aside.
From fabric 2, cut one 9 x 5.5 inch rectangles. Set aside.
From fabric 3, cut four 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips, and one 9.5 x 2.5 inch strip.
From fabric 4, cut two 2.5 inch squares.
Remember that these pieces will equal 12.5 inches when the block is finished.
- Take the 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips and sew it to one of the 2.5 inch squares, and then sew one of the 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips to the other side. Repeat for 2 units, one for the top and the other for the bottom.
- Take one 9.5 x 5.5 rectangle and pair it with the 9.5 x 2.5 inch strip. Sew together and then add the other 9.5 x 5.5 rectangle to the other side
- Add the two strips to the top and the bottom. You now have a 12.5 inch wonky 9-Patch square.
Block 1 and 2:
Block 3: Will be posted Thursday afternoon.
Sorry about the delay in getting the second part of the mystery quilt out. I had my 5-year-old granddaughter over today and she was helping me. It will be out a little later this evening. Thank you for your patience.
Just an update. It is 108 and very humid here and my studio gets the brunt of the afternoon heat, sew I am going to wait a while and then finish up. I will probably go ahead and post either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. My apologies, but I amoverly sensitive to the heat. Thanks!
Block 3: Now that we have played with making the center section smaller, we are now going to expand the it. Choose 3 coordinating colors and cut the following:
Fabric 1: One 9.5 inch square
Fabric 2: Four 9.5 x 1.5 inch strips
Fabric 3: Four 1.5 inch strips
This time the border will be skinny. Take your 9.5 inch square and go around the square, like so:
I somehow when sewing it, still managed to get it wrong, but the picture shows you what it should look like. Will post a picture when it is done. 😀
Block 4: I bet you can guess what we will be doing next. The outside borders will be expanded and the center of the block will be smaller. I will post the directions for that on Saturday afternoon once I figure it out and the rest of the directions probably on Sunday. Thanks for playing along and for your patience.
Here is what we need to make block 4. I chose 4 pieces for it as I wanted the center to be different.
Fabric 1: Two 4.5 x 5.5 inch rectangles.
Fabric 2: Four 4.5 x 5.5 inch rectangles.
Fabric 3: Two 2.5 x 4.5 inch strips.
Fabric 4: One 2.5 x 4.5 inch strip.
Here is a picture of how it should look.
Here are all 4 blocks together. As you can see, I redid the third block. When working with flannel, it is very easy for the fabric to get distorted, so be careful when cutting and measuring it. I still need to trim down and press, but I like the way they go together.
SASHING: I plan to use 3.5 inch strips of the different fabrics. When the sashing is put together, you should see another 9-Patch emerge as a secondary design. Hope to finish that this evening, but will wait until it cools down a bit in my studio. I will leave the outside borders for you to do. I hope you had fun playing with different variations on the 9-Patch block!
CORRECTION TO BLOCK 3: The outer pieces of the block should be 2 inches, not 1.5 inches. My apologies for not catching that earlier.
SASHING: Here is what I have but I may change it later on. I used 3 inch strips and this is what I came up with. Notice how you have another 9-Patch from doing the sashing this way. Hopefully I can get this done sometime this week and I will post it later. Thank you for joining me on this mystery!