Sunday, July 19, 2009

Quilt-A-Long Week 3

Week 3 - Sew 9-Patches
July 19 - July 25

This week we are sewing together the 9-Patches for our Disappearing 9-Patch.

The most important thing for this week's work is to keep a consistent 1/4" seam (some even prefer sewing a scant 1/4"). If you haven't checked the 1/4" mark on your sewing foot before, I suggest doing so before you get started. I purchased a new machine last year and was mid-way through a quilt before I realized that the 1/4" mark on my sewing foot was actually a hair over a 1/4". I purchased a 1/4" foot at my local brother dealer and I love using it!

The last time I made a Disappearing 9-Patch quilt I spent forever deciding on placement for the squares in the 9-Patch (and even more time trying to decide on placement when I put the cut blocks back together)! This time it is going together so much easier! I need 16 9-Patches, and with the way I'm putting together the blocks, that means I need 32 3-pieces of print-white-print. And since my charm packs have 33 squares I can make 16 from one charm pack and 16 from another charm pack. And that leaves the 3rd charm pack for the 16 white-print-white pieces I need. And then it hit me - I can chain piece these!

I'm happy to report that all of my 3-piece sections are done. Maybe tomorrow night I'll get them ironed and start putting together the 9-Patches.

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