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Beginner Nine Patch! - Techniques 2010


Beginner Nine Patch! - Techniques 2010

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March 20, 2010 is National Quilting Day, but we feel that's not quite enough to honor our craft, so we like to celebrate all month long! One of the ways we're celebrating this year is to help teach someone new to quilt. This month's technique is intended for the beginner quilter.

The Nine Patch Block is an excellent beginner block with tons of design potential. In the first lesson, we'll demonstrate the very basics of this block. The second lesson will show you strip piecing, a method to make many of the same block, more quickly. In the third lesson we'll show you how to tie a quilt and the final week will be a visual guide of inspiration to get your own design ideas flowing.

If you're an experienced quilter, please share this tutorial with a newbie, a wannabe, or just someone you think might be inspired by learning something new.

View the Nine Patch Tutorials here.
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Discussion Forum

Beginner Nine Patch - Week 1 - Please introduce yourself!

Started by Connecting Threads. Last reply by pat rice Feb 24, 2016. 85 Replies

This weeks tutorial is very basic.  No rotary cutting involved, just assembling a simple nine patch block.  I'd like to know who all is attending this quilt along, so I'll know how beginner you are. …Continue

my christmas quilt

Started by patricia a. graham. Last reply by Joyce Besemer Apr 9, 2010. 1 Reply

this picture is of my oldest cat on the christmas quilt i just finished last month. he died last saturday on the third of april.

Tags: quilt, christmas, my

Beginner Nine Patch - Week 2 - Strip piecing

Started by Connecting Threads. Last reply by Connecting Threads Mar 22, 2010. 20 Replies

Strip Piecing is the meat and potatoes of quilting.  Any time you are able to strip piece segments of a block, or an entire block, you save a ton of time! …Continue

Beginner Nine Patch - Week 3 - How to Tie a Quilt

Started by Connecting Threads. Last reply by Julia A. Podany-Samolyk Mar 15, 2010. 2 Replies

The tutorial is live!  This is the truly beginner way to quilt your three layers together.  It's the fastest way too!  Try inviting friends over to make the time go more quickly.When I'm really super…Continue

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Comment by Ruth/IL on March 29, 2010 at 5:23am
Yes Karen, it's a great answer... thanks. My problem is how to tell once the selvages are cut away! And I think I just thought of a way to tell... if we turn the fabric over to the back side before we cut it, we can take a 'wash away marker' (not the disappearing one) and draw a line to indicate one or the other (cross grain or straight grain) being consistent each time, we'll know when we see the line, what direction that is on the 'scrap' left over. Just an idea...
Comment by Anne on March 24, 2010 at 4:16pm
Will do Karen...I'll take Pics, as soon as I have it almost finished...Anne
Comment by Connecting Threads on March 24, 2010 at 4:07pm
We need pictures Anne!
Comment by Anne on March 24, 2010 at 3:29pm
Working on the 9 patch baby quilt. today, I cut the borders and binding strips. Maybe tomorrow, I'll put it all into a sandwich...and then either tie it or Do some of Karen's ZigZag stitches in the middle of the plain blocks. Haven't got to that part yet??? It has worked up, pretty fast. Thank you...for all the advise...Anne
Comment by MaryAnn Bird/Texas on March 23, 2010 at 12:05pm
Good answer....it really helps to hear these things over and over so that we stay up to date. No matter how many years you have sewn it is good to refresh yourself. Thank you
Comment by Anne on March 23, 2010 at 9:45am
Good Question .. Great Answer.. Thanks Karen. We should write this one down...and keep it handy to refer to often. Anne
Comment by Connecting Threads on March 23, 2010 at 9:14am
Linda asked me a question on my page, but it was such a great question for beginners, I thought I'd post the answer here.

Question: Is there a tutorial (or could you include one) on fabric grains? I still don't really understand how to tell which way is which. If I hold material up to the light ... my old eyes see two directions. It's very confusing (at least for me) and I sure could use some help/advice please.

My answer:
Length of grain, or straight of grain runs parallel to the selvage. There is no stretch or give when you use the straight of grain.

Cross grain is from selvage to selvage and has some stretch.

Bias is diagonal and has lots of stretch. To get bias you cut 45 degree angle from the selvage, or if you have a 45" square of fabric, bias is cutting from one corner to the opposite corner.

Hope that helps!
Comment by Anne on March 22, 2010 at 10:38am
I've finished 13 - 9 patches...I'm working on one that you explained to us... a 9 within a 9 patch...can't wait to see it finished..I will add one somewhere within the 9 patch baby quilt. It's pretty tiny!! Fun, fun, fun....Anne
Comment by Anne on March 22, 2010 at 10:34am
thank you Karen....the Yellow, was DD's input. I'll tell her what you said about it. She'll smile, I'm sure. Anne
Comment by Connecting Threads on March 22, 2010 at 9:57am
Teresa Ann - Love your 4/9 block quilts! 9 patch is so extremely versatile.

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