On Saturday Stitches on the blue feather quilt studio Facebook page, I posted a project with a plan to use up some orphan star blocks. The setting was going to be nine-patch Irish chain blocks alternating with the stars. This is the picture from Facebook showing the stars, the blue example of the nine-patch, and the beginning four-patches for the nine-patch. Because the star blocks are multicolored, it seemed a neutral fabric for the nine-patch blocks would work best.
The stars and the 9-patch blocks didn’t look good to me, and I decided to go to Plan B. Thus, I used charm squares from Riley Blake Fabrics. They were just slightly larger than the 6″ square on point from the 12″ AccuQuilt GO! Qube so I made 6″ SOP blocks instead of stars. This is the finished center of the quilt. It will need borders to make it a lap size quilt. The charm squares worked well enough and the square on point blocks were so easy to make. Can I finish it by Friday?
What are you working on this week? I’d love to see what you’re doing.
Sometimes we can build the most fun quilt blocks from a simple four-patch. Mixing squares and half square triangles can result in some really beautiful blocks. This is one I saw recently on a Facebook post in our AccuQuilt Qube group. It is three half square triangles and a square and is the cutest little fish ever.
When I need thinking time I make 2-1/2″ half square triangles. It’s very soothing to me to be able to sit and stitch while I enjoy the tree-tops and greenery of the yard while sewing triangle after triangle. It results in stacks of triangles. These are some of the fish that I have made.
What will I do with them? I think a baby quilt would be perfect or some borders or even make a nine-patch from the four-patch squares. Here are some possibilities I played around with in EQ. This was so much fun in EQ – seems like infinite possibilities.
The weekend was nice. I got a few things done. My dental saga is still ongoing. On the weekend I developed an infection from the surgery a week and a half ago and have been in a fair amount of pain, but that will be treated with a visit to the surgeon today. And extra strength Tylenol is a wonderful thing. In the meantime, this is a nine patch quilt that I finished quilting on Thursday and binding yesterday. It can be called a Single Irish Chain although sometimes a Single Irish Chain also has sashing between the blocks. Do a Google search for Single Irish Chain and you will see a lot of beautiful quilts. One of the nice things about this quilt is that often you will see a block of interest – either pieced, solid, or embroidered on the plain block that alternates between the nine patch blocks.
I wrote some instructions for the way that I make nine patch blocks. I cut the fabric into 2-1/2″ x 8″ strips with the 2-1/2″ strip die, sew them together, and then subcut them using the 2-1/2″ strip die. It makes quick work of nine patch blocks. Here is a link to the instructions I wrote.