Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Playing with Piecing

Nine Patch Quilt

If you go to my blogs for 27 & 28 January 2010, you will see how I designed this quilt starting with a Nine Patch block.

Now I need to determine the best way to piece it.

The borders I can ignore because they present no problem.
Since it was designed using Nine Patch blocks, what if I divide the quilt top into Nine Patch blocks?

There are a lot of little pieces here.  That means a lot of sewing and a lot of opportunity to make mistakes.  It would be nice if I could sew this from larger pieces.
What if I divide it both vertically and horizontally on either side of the red X's?

These larger blocks can be made from larger pieces; so this should go together much quicker.

The Nine Patch blocks were useful for designing this quilt but not for sewing it.  How a design is arrived at doesn't always dictate how it is pieced.

For more Nine Patch ideas go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Nine Patch


  1. I like this way of thinking, and it is great to see it explained. Nice to be able to do away with un-needed seams ..... I don't mind the sewing but dislike the extra seams in the finished quilt.

    Judy B

  2. Judy

    I'm like you, I don't mind the sewing. What I mind is taking a piece of fabric, cutting it in two and then sewing those same two pieces back together again. It's a waste of time, a waste of fabric, a waste of thread and it creates opportunities to make mistakes.