Hello there all you busy Bees!
It’s great to have the opportunity to be a BEE in the Modern Quilters Guild as I’ve never, ever been a BEE before!! No - really!
I’m quite new to quilting, although I sewed and attacked fabric fearlessly and creatively from a very young age. My mother was the resident stitcher and although I wasn’t always “doing it the right way”, I managed to make my teenage fashions in the 60’s & 70’s. Now there! I’ve given away my age. Fabric shops back then were my Aladdin’s cave and Haberdashery was the Crown Jewels! I now have time and space to indulge this passion since I discovered quilting in 2012 and I am fascinated, addicted and eager to learn.
For July, I’m keeping it quite simple and so we’re doing a Disappearing Nine Patch, which gives a wonderful impression of complexity with very little effort. There are lots of videos and tutorials on the internet but I suspect the 9 patch is not new to most of you! Look out for Eleanor Burns short YouTube tutorial called Tossed Nine Patch and a host of ideas from others including Missouri Star on uses for this very versatile quicky block. Any questions.........drop me a message anytime.
I’ve sent all you bees two orange 5” squares for this project, so here goes.............
|3 Sew each row of patches together with ¼” seams. |
Press top and bottom row seams towards the dark squares
Press centre row seams towards the ORANGE square
|4 Join the rows horizontally making sure to NEST the seams together carefully. |
Press the horizontal seams away from the ORANGE centre row towards row 1 & 3 as shown
This completes the 9 patch block assembly and NOW COMES THE FUN PART!
|5 When the 2blocks are assembled the centre orange square measures 4 ½” |
Carefully cut through the EXACT centre horizontally and vertically (2¼” from the side of the orange square, lining up the ruler as shown.
|6 Separate the four mini blocks – each of which now measures 7” |
There are lots of YouTube videos illustrating various layouts and the effects of using different colour combinations!
|7 Lots of different layouts are possible BUT your work is now done, except for popping your eight little blocks in the post to me. I’m BUZZING to see all your exciting creations my little honeys! |