newbie needs help with 9-patch

newbie needs help with 9-patch

Post by SadSou » Thu, 14 Sep 2000 11:09:46



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.


http://home.mindspring.com/~jwooster/Quilt.htm

 
 
 

newbie needs help with 9-patch

Post by Mary in Rock Island » Thu, 14 Sep 2000 12:52:11


Quote:

>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.

From the directions (which could earn a prize for most poorly
written!), I believe you are to cut 173 yellow squares  from the 8
yellow fabrics .  All should be 3.5 inch squares.

You are cutting 9.5 inch borders from a lengthwise striped yellow
fabric.  I suggest you wait to cut them until the top is pieced.  That
way you can measure and be sure to get them the correct length.  

First they want you to attach the borders to the long sides of the
quilt.  Then you are creating a border piece for the other two sides.
This border piece will have a 9 patch square at either end.  

This means you are actually making 39  9 patch blocks.  35 will be in
the quilt top in a 5x7 layout.  The remaining 4 are the corners,
connected by the border pieces.  The total is 22 blocks with the main
blue color and 17 with the Y ***.  

It is not clear to me how they get 12 of the same yellow for the
corner border blocks since you will have 4 blocks with 4 pieces of
yellow each.

Before you begin piecing you will need to decide if you want each 9
patch to have the same blue and same yellow within the block or if you
want to have random blues and yellows within each block.  

Good luck in your project!  Please introduce yourself (what is your
name, where do you live, is this your first quilt and anything else
important) and  ask for more help as needed.

Quote:
>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.


>http://www.FoundCollection.com/~jwooster/Quilt.htm

Mary

 
 
 

newbie needs help with 9-patch

Post by Scott Willia » Thu, 14 Sep 2000 12:28:50


Welcome SadSoul now first thing cheer up here. My advice (bad choise of
words). What I would do is forget about the cutting squares for awhile
and start assembling your blocks. As you do this and lay them out you
will begin to see what is confusing you in the directions. And if it
doesn't become clear at least you will see what YOU think you want to do
with it. You do not have to follow the pattern exactly, and as a matter
of fact it is more fun if you do something of "your own" to it. So get
started and just see where this leads you. We already know but will let
it be a surprize to you.  ........ Scott in Fresno Ca thinking SadSoul
doesn't know it yet but she will be hooked ............. SadSoul Wrote
............... 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.

http://home.mindspring.com/~jwooster/Quilt.htm
 
 
 

newbie needs help with 9-patch

Post by FLRN » Thu, 14 Sep 2000 04:00:00


Thank you all for responding!  And, just FYI, I'm going to change my
"handle".  SadSoul no longer seems appropriate (long story!).  I'm glad to
know the instructions are not as clear as they could be, I thought it was
just me.  I think I understand now & as Scott said, if I don't, I'll figure
it out and go from there.  I'm getting e***d as I see the 9 block squares
adding up!  If it turns out at all, I'll post a photo!  Thanks again.
 
 
 

newbie needs help with 9-patch

Post by Katie & Monty Wilso » Thu, 14 Sep 2000 04:00:00


Hi, Sad,

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
more easily.

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
first.)

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
the end!

Trust me!

Or come on over, and I'll help!

Katie in Nebraska

Quote:

> 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.


> http://www.FoundCollection.com/~jwooster/Quilt.htm

--
Katie & Monty Wilson





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newbie needs help with 9-patch

Post by Butterfl » Fri, 15 Sep 2000 12:03:50


MC = Main Color
Y = Yellow
Butterfly (common terms in knit/crochet patterns also)


Quote:
> Hi, Sad,

> 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
> more easily.

> 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
> first.)

> 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
> the end!

> Trust me!

> 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.


> > http://www.FoundCollection.com/~jwooster/Quilt.htm

> --
> Katie & Monty Wilson





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