Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday is for (Disappearing) Scraps

When I was procrastinating on my Scrap Squad quilt, I spent an afternoon re-organizing the fabric collection. I came across this packet of 6.5" squares from Great American Quilts:

I'm not sure what I had in mind when I bought them, but somehow this morning "Disappearing Nine Patch" popped into my head. This is one of the easiest scraps quilts ever!

The technique I used requires one solid (in this case, white) square and eight print squares. Arrange in a nine patch with the white square in the center.  Sew squares together and press. I pressed away from the white square.

Cut across the center vertically, then horizontally.  Because I used 6.5" squares, I lined up the 3" line on my 24" ruler to cut. This is a time when it's handy to be able to get to both sides of your cutting table -- I just moved myself around the corner to make the horizontal cut:

Et voila! four 9" blocks:

Now the fun part -- experimenting with layouts! I made three nine patches, so I have 12 blocks to play with. An excellent size for a baby quilt.

First, white square in upper left corner of every block:

I would have to add a sashing strip to the right side for this layout, or it would bother me that there are no white squares on the right-hand side.

Maybe one row with the white square on the upper right, then one row with the white square in the upper left?

 This would be a pain because of all the matching corners -- and this is supposed to be an easy quilt!

How about upper-right/lower-left/upper-right? Then reverse for the next row: At least it isn't off-center.

 I was trying to make a zig-zag design when I lost interest!

There are dozens of Disappearing Nine Patch variations on Pinterest. Here is a link to my Pinterest page for scrappy quilts with a few of my favorites.

Linking up to Kim's Big Quilting Adventure for  "Scrap Basket Sunday."

Scrap Basket Sunday

Yesterday, we broke our record of 13 days in a row with rain -- so I'm trying to mow the lawn before it rains again! 

In between mowing sessions, I have been whipping out BOM Rehab blocks. Come back tomorrow to see what's on the design wall!

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  1. I agree - I would need white squares on the right too!!!!! Hope you are well :)

  2. I like the first one but, like you, I'd have to add another vertical row on the right with some white in it. It'll look amazing whatever you decide to do with it! :o)

  3. Wow that's a lot of rain, we're in winter here and we'd be lucky to get rain once a week and then its only a light shower. Comes of living in the driest state in the driest continent I guess! Hope your feet are staying dry!

  4. Would you believe that I have never seen this demonstrated? How clever...I love it!

  5. Not sure which one I like the best. God luck in choosing one. hugs......

  6. While at quilt camp in July, my aunt was working on a D9P, only she made it more difficult by not using a consistent color/pattern as the original center block, so after cutting and twisting, it was even scrappier. Looks like there can be lots of variations.


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