Thursday, February 14, 2013

Winter Mystery Step 3

Are you keeping up?

Have you adding your sashing to the 9 patch blocks?

A few people have mentioned that they thought the pieces were a bit small (I warned you) so they have decided to double them in size.  Pam one of our employees that hates to follow instructions is one of those "biggeer is better" people. Hopefully those that have decided to make things larger are making fewer blocks as well or they are going to have a REALLY, REALLY big quilt!

I will post photos of Pam's variation when she finishes hers.  If you have photos you would like to share of the piece you are working on, email them to and I will share them with everyone.

STEP 3 of 4

1. Collect all 224 squares of scrap fabric measuring 2 1/2 inches and 112 of the accent strips measuring 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.

2. Stitch one accent strip between 2 random color squares. Any two random color squares can be stitch in the same unit with an accent strip between them. Avoid having 2 of the same color squares stitched to the same accent strip. Press the seams toward the accent fabric. These units will measure 2 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches including seam allowance. Make 112 units.

3. Stitch a completed unit to opposite sides of each Nine Patch center. Stitch the units to the same sides that have the smaller sashing pieces (that is the side with 2 seams). Each Nine Patch center will have 2 units added to it. Avoid putting the same scrap color on the same side of the same block. Two corners of the same color are ok as long as they are opposite each other and not on the same side of the block. Press the seams toward the outer edge of the block. The blocks will measure 5 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches including seam allowance when completed.
Make 56 blocks.

In this arrangement notice that the new units are being added to the top and bottom of the center unit.  Those are the sides with the smaller sashing pieces.    I am also adding pink blocks to 2 of the corners, but one is on the top left and the other is on the bottom right.  That works! (the bottom left might look pink, but it is mostly gold and orange!)

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