This is such an easy quilt I bet you don’t even need instructions but I’ll share a few notes here.
First, this is my version of an antique quilt I saw on eBay. Quick – easy – fun, just my kind of quilt.
Here was my original draft, it would look great in two colors, completely scrappy or ….
How about a blue version with a pop of red like shown below?
Blocks are made from 2.5 inch strips
Block size is 10 inches finished (10.5 inches with seam allowances)
I’m setting my blocks 6×8 for a quilt that is 60×80 inches.
I’m also making my quilt from fat quarters so here’s how I’m cutting to make the best use of my fabric. I’m making my blocks in pairs so I’m taking two fat quarters that have good contrast and I’m going to cut 6 strips that are 2.5 inches x the length of my fat quarter … In my case the strips are about 21.5 inches long.
I need 3 strips of a light and 3 strips of a dark for two blocks.
Strip 1 – I sew a light strip to a dark, press, and subcut into (8) 2.5 inch sections
Strip 2 – subcut into (2)10.5 inch strips
Strip 3 – subcut into (2) 6.5 inch strips and (1) 2.5 inch square
This is what you’ll end up with:
I’ll sew my two 9 patches next
Notice one block has the light in the corners and one has the dark. If you are using directional fabrics, you will end up with one patch turned differently than the others but that doesn’t bother me. If it bothers you, you can pick that seam out and resew it or use a different method for making your 9 patch blocks.
After your 9 patch is sewn, add the framing strips. Make sure you frame the block with the fabric that is in your non dominant patch, that’s what makes the 9 patch jump out.
Keep making blocks in pairs until you have enough blocks for your quilt. The only variation I made to the above was when I was making the blocks with the red 9 patch centers … I didn’t need 3 strips of the red since I’m not framing any of the blocks in red.
My top is done but I forgot to get a photo of it assembled — here are all the blocks on the design wall.
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