Friday, July 17, 2015

Mini 9-Patch Tutorial

Obviously, I’m behind on Quilting Mayhem’s Traditional Block Thursday, but I’m making progress.

Today I skipped to the 9-patch block that they did in week three.

This 9-patch goes together so quickly it’s almost ridiculous.

Here are the instructions for the mini-version.

Cutting Instructions:

Fabric A = Coral
4 – 1″ squares

Fabric B = Teal
4 – 1″ squares

Fabric C = Ivory
1 – 1″ square

Sewing Instructions:

Lay out the squares the way you want them.

Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Sew the first and second square of each row together, right sides together.

I chain piece as often as I can.

***Chain piecing is sewing pieces of fabric together without trimming the threads between each piece until the step of sewing is complete. In a lot of cases you don’t even have to lift your presser foot, though with teeny tiny pieces like this I usually do because it helps keep the fabrics in place.***

Once the first two squares of each of the three rows has been pieced trim the threads, and open them in order. Sew the last square of each row to the end.

Trim the threads and press the seams. I press the odd rows in one direction and the even rows the opposite direction. This helps the seams match up and sort of “lock-in” place when you are sewing rows to each other.

Line up the seams and the edges of the first two rows, sew them right sides together, keeping the 1/4″ seam.

Trim your threads, open up the two rows, and add the third row in the same manner.

Press the block open, and now it is time to square it up.

The middle square should be 1/2″ so line up as closely as possible, and make up the differences if necessary. Trim the two sides, flip, realign, and trim the opposite two sides.

You are done!

Now I have one mini 9-patch and two mini Churn Dash Blocks. :) I’m so excited with their teeny tiny cuteness!

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