This month for our Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabric Sewalong, we are sewing one of the oldest, sweetest blocks around... the 9 Patch Block! Of course you may sew it using any method you like, but if you stick around for my tutorial I'll show you how to make quick work of a whole bunch of blocks. I stitched up 16 in just a couple hours.
In case you are catching this blog series for the first time, we're making gorgeous quilt blocks using the classic patterns and fresh modern fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! So far we've made the Economy Block, Orange Peel Block, Shoofly Block, Bear Paw block, Yankee Puzzle, Spinning Spools, the Rail Fence Block, the Variable Star, the Sailboat Block, the Dutchman's Puzzle Block, the Churn Dash Block, the Friendship Star, and the Snowball and Nine Patch blocks together! You can search for 'classic blocks fresh fabric' in my search box to find them too.
Each post includes an easy to follow tutorial and a fat quarter bundle giveaway that lasts for 2 weeks.
Each month, Blend Fabrics sends me a collection of fabrics to work with and I get to giveaway a sweet bundle too! If you want to play, just make one or more of the current month's block within two weeks that the tutorial is posted, and share a picture of your block(s) in our facebook group entry album or in our flickr pool.
This month I sewed my blocks from the 'Best in Show' Collection designed by Maude Asbury. Isn't it delightful???
The winner of our sewalong will be chosen at random from everyone who posts a picture of their block(s) and will receive this quarter yard bundle with 10 different prints. Yay!
Like I mentioned before, to participate, you may sew one or more 9 patch blocks in any fabric, any size and any method you like.
Here is how to sew lots of 9 patch blocks fast. The downside is that they all look pretty much the same. But if you don't mind that, let's get started!
Choose up to 9 different fabrics and cut 9 strips the width of the fabric. My strips are 2 1/2'' tall, so my block will be 6' square finished.
Arrange the strips into 3 sets of 3 strips each.
Hint: place the low value (light colored) strips next to high value (dark colored) strips whenever possible to create more contrast.
Set your stitch length to 1 1/2 to 2 so the stitches will be small.
Sew the strip sets together. Press all of the seams in the same direction.
Stack the three strip sets as neatly as possible and cut off the selvages on one end.
Then sub-cut strips that are as wide as the original strips were tall. Which means mine are 2 1/2'' wide. Cut as many as you can. If you are working with 2 1/2'' strips like me, you'll be able to get 16. Which means you will make 16 blocks.
Sew each set of 3 sub-cut strips into a block.
Since you pressed all of the seams in one direction, you'll be able to nest the seams instead of pinning and sew the blocks together quickly and accurately.
Here are the 16 little blocks I made in just a couple hours - and I was stopping to take pictures!
In thirty more minutes I had them sewn into a little tied blanket. But that's another post for another day. :)
You now have until April 20th to make your own block (any fabric, any size) and post a picture into one of the two photo albums mentioned above to enter to win the beautiful bundle from Blend fabrics. I'll announce the winner in our facebook group in case you are lurking there.