It looks like this quilt is made with lots of nine-patch blocks. (Each
block is made up of 9 squares, or patches.) Some blocks have 6 blue
squares and 4 yellow squares (you could think of them as X blocks, showing
the position of the blue on the 4 corners and in the middle), and some
blocks have 5 yellow squares and 4 blue squares ( you could think of them as
O blocks, showing the blue on top and bottom, right and left). You might
want to draw around a couple of them in the picture, just so you'll see them
I think the "12" refers to 12 sets, which would make 12 blocks. The border
fabric, which is a stripe, is used in several of the nine-patch blocks, as
the yellow fabric.
You can lay out the blocks, like the picture labeled MC and Y *** (who
knows?). Take some computer paper and lay out one block, then cover it with
paper, lay out another block, cover it, continue until you have a large
stack. Oh yes, count the blocks as you lay them out. When you have enough
you can start sewing them together. If you need more, cut some more
squares. It really doesn't matter if they are arranged just like the quilt
in the picture! But you can see that the X and the O blocks alternate all
across the quilt.
To sew the block together, sew the middle top piece to the middle left
piece, then the middle center piece to the middle left piece, then the
middle bottom piece to the left bottom piece. You don't even have to cut
the thread in between sewing. This is called "chain stitching." You will
have with 3 sets of 2 squares sewn together, held together with the thread
from the sewing machine. Cut the whole thing away from the machine. Press
toward the blue pieces. Then sew the top right piece to the middle top
piece, then the middle right piece to the middle center piece, then the
right bottom piece to the middle bottom piece. Press toward blue.
You now have 3 sets of 3 squares sewn together. Sew the top to the center,
then the bottom to the center. The seams from the yellow and the blue will
***up next to each other, and lock the blocks together. Neat. Press
toward whichever row has 2 blue squares. Now you have a nine-patch block
all sewn together.
(Next time we'll discuss how to do this without cutting out 23,412 squares
When you have all the blocks together, arrange them the way you want them to
be in the quilt, and then continue sewing the blocks together, still
pressing toward whichever side has the most blue. It will all work out in
Or come on over, and I'll help!
Katie in Nebraska
> I saw a "simple" quilt pattern in Woman's Day magazine, bought the
> material & cut it all out. But as I read the instructions, I'm SOOO
> confused! I have the number of squares in the colors it says, but
> one part it talks about cutting 173 square from Yellow, cutting 85 in
> 17 groups of 5 from the same fabric and 68 in groups of 4, including
> 12 from the same fabric for border blocks. I'm confused on the "12"
> from the same fabric. 12 squares, or 12 sets of 4? If it's only 12
> squares, it will make 3 blocks, so I guess I'm confused on what
> a "border block" is.
> I hope this makes some sense. Some further directions are confusing
> to me as well, but want to get the squares done first! If you
> couldn't tell (!) I'm new to this, not sewing, but it's been a
> while! When I look at the photo (the quilt is folded so it's hard to
> tell) it doesn't appear the border blocks are at all the same fabric.
> Any help is greatly appreciated. I've decided to do this & make for
> my daughter who just moved to Colorado. I'm getting frustrated &
> feel dumb that I can't figure this out. Thanks so much.
Katie & Monty Wilson
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