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9 Patch Pizzazz: Fast, Fun & Finished In A Day

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They'll Never Believe You Made It In A Day! A beginner book without that "beginner look!" It's been called the "potato chip quilt"-no one can make just one. Use your favorite fabrics including large-scale, novelty, and panels. Talk about bang for the buck: combining a special fabric with a few easy nine-patches yields captivating quilts ranging from sassy to sophisticated. You'll get hooked on this technique! Judy provides sixteen different layouts for unlimited project potential.

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1. Fabric Fun

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Palm Court, 50" x 56½", Judy Sisneros, 2004. Machine pieced and quilted.

Does the following scenario sound familiar? You bought a gorgeous large-scale fabric and have no idea what to do with it. If so, this is the book for you!

The Important First Step

Sometimes when you are in a quilt shop, a bolt of fabric will “jump off the shelf” and almost demand to go home with you. You may not have a particular quilt pattern in mind when you buy it, but you know you need it. If you are drawn to large-scale prints, get ready to use some of that stash!

Large-scale prints are fun to buy, but sometimes hard to use. You don’t want to purchase a beautiful tiger print and then decapitate the tiger when you cut up the fabric. With this technique, you can use many types of large-scale fabrics. A large-scale print doesn’t have to be huge—a print that features a woman 4"–6" tall is all right, but a figure 2" tall doesn’t quite work.

Examples of large-scale prints

For the quilts in this book, choose a focus fabric and a minimum of three companion fabrics. The basic recipe for making these quilts includes at least the following “ingredients”:

 

2. Getting Started

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Beyond the Reef, 64" x 74" Judy Sisneros, 2005.

The preparation for making this type of quilt is simple. Just cut some squares and rectangles from your focus fabric, along with strips of the focus and companion fabrics, and you are ready to sew! The cutting suggestions and guidelines that follow are for a typical wallhanging six blocks across and seven or eight blocks long. The block sizes are all based on multiples of 6". The size is about 45" × 51" or 57", including a 1¼" finished inner border and a 3" finished outer border. Projects begin on page 22.

Cutting Instructions

Always start with a new blade in your rotary cutter. It will save you time and headaches.

Before cutting the squares or rectangles, trim the selvage edge. Also, be sure to cut all pieces on the straight of grain; you don’t want bias edges.

Focus Fabric

1. Cut 2 squares 12½" × 12½", being careful not to cut both pieces from the same position on the fabric. These squares will be an important part of the design. (For example, do not have the same large flower in the same place in both squares.)

 

3. Design Guidelines

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Renoir’s Garden, 44½" x 54", Judy Sisneros, 2004. Machine pieced and quilted.

Now that you have your squares and rectangles cut, plus at least two sets of Nine-Patch blocks, it’s time to start designing! After the following discussion of the design process, several possible layouts are shown for various size quilts.

Design Boards

It is important to have a design surface on which to place your blocks. A good choice is a foamcore board (available at office supply or art supply stores—sometimes referred to as a “presentation board”) covered with fleece, flannel, or batting. The minimum size is 32" x 40". Cardboard is not recommended—it will dull the pins and is harder to work with. A presentation board is handy to take to workshops. Place it near your machine when you are ready to sew. You can also purchase foamcore board in 4' x 8' sheets. If you have room, nail two foamcore sheets covered in batting or flannel to the wall to create a permanent design wall.

 

4. Projects

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Finished Size: 44½" × 50½"

Read the following instructions, and you will be ready to make your first quilt quickly and easily. Once you get the hang of it, I bet you will be tempted to make others in different sizes and themes.

Two examples of this wallhanging are shown: the first one shown above was created using both mooshy (blended) and dancing (high-contrast) Nine-Patch blocks. The second wallhanging (shown on page 23) was created with mooshy Nine-Patch

Lily Pond

The two quilts are the same size and were constructed using exactly the same size, layout, and borders. Two of the companion fabrics are also exactly the same. The focus fabrics are different, but include the same colors. After you make one of these basic quilts, try another one doing something completely different!

The fabric requirements and cutting are for the first quilt shown, with the dancing Nine-Patch blocks. Variations for the second quilt with all mooshy blocks are in parentheses.

 

5. Finishing

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Fall Into Winter, 55" x 37", Judy Sisneros, 2003. Machine pieced and quilted.

Sew the Blocks Together

Now that your design is complete, how do you sew it together? Some quilters take two blocks, sew them together, and return them to the design surface, one pair at a time. This works fine, but it is very time-consuming. I’ll show you my way, then you can decide whether you want to use it. This method is definitely quicker once you get used to it.

Look at the composition of the quilt as if it were a jigsaw puzzle. You will put it together in units, depending on the design. We’ll use the sewing diagram above as an example. Refer to the numbers for the horizontal rows and the letters for the vertical rows.

TIP

Use a neutral thread, such as gray, to blend with your fabrics.

Sewing Diagram

1. Begin at the bottom left side of the quilt. Take blocks 7A and 7B and place them right sides together with block 7B on top. The side that you will stitch should be on the right, ready to place in the machine.

 

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