Alrighty, the last adventure I took you on was the adventures of the good, the bad and the ugly of the quilts of Christmas Past…well…and present. Whatever you know what I mean.

So I am going to share with you what I’m currently working on in the little spare time I find every now and then. It’s apparently called a “Disappearing 9 Patch.” Fancy, eh? But when I learned about this fancy technique, I have to admit I was a little mind blown. I guess I always assumed that quilters cut out each tiny little piece in whatever shape and sew them together perfectly one by one by one. Well my quilter-bubble was burst when I learned that they have SEW many tricks up their sleeves. Here you go ladies and gents…Here’s to:
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You can see in the photo above how there is one large square, two rectangles and one small square in each quilt block. Now what I was saying earlier was that I thought they cut each of those pieces separately. And THAT’S where I was wrong!

So, I decided that I have WAY too many scraps up in my sewing room. So I’m doing this quilt top with them. I love that I’m finding a use for fabric I may not ever find another use for. The funny thing is, I just gave away quit a few of my scraps to someone else! I still have so much!
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It’s like exploding out of the laundry basket it’s in! Ridiculous! So I picked out some pieces that had at least 5″x5″ somewhere on it, whether I could only get one square out of the scrap or 10 or 12. And I began cutting 5″ squares.
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I’m using all scraps on this quilt, so all my pieces are mixed matched in pattern, but they are all 5″ square. Then you make 3 rows of three. It will look like this:

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So, you could totally just keep going like this and make your entire quilt out of just squares if thats what you want…but there is some pretty cool options here. What I have done is cut down the center from both directions…

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Only I try to do it way more straight than the lines I drew on this picture! Haha!!
Once you’ve cut it both ways then you’re left with 4 blocks that look much more intricate than your regular old quilt square. Am I right though? I’m right! Like these:
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Pretty sweet huh? what I have learned, is that ironing is VERY important in this process. You basically do more ironing than sewing! Haha! Also, if you’re using a rotary cutter, be careful. I have cut myself 3 times with that thing and it does NOT feel good! =(

Anywho, my little top is slowly coming together! I’ll be keeping you guys up to date as I go!

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Hope you enjoyed!
-Mandee

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