Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tiny Tuesday Times Two

I am so thankful each and everyday for the gracious and awesome quilters who read my blog.  It is no secret that I am in a bit over my head right now with the start of school, getting two kids off to college and getting through the move and remodel on the new house.  I have one makeup block and Libby was so kind as to whip up a super simple block for us all to enjoy.  So here is a double nine patch, along with a nine patch and rails.

Double Nine Patch
 Start with 1 inch strips of blue and white.  The first set is white blue white and needs to be at least 3 inches long.  The next two sets are both blue white blue and they should be at least 5 inches long.  You can add more sets of strips to increase variety if you like. 
 In addition to the one inch strips, you will also need 4 squares at 2 inches each. 
 Sew the strip sets together and press toward the blue for all three sets.  Notice that the white blue white set has the seam allowances meeting in the middle, this is how you know that your quarter inch seam is perfect. 
 Here are your strip sets ready to go. 
 Sub cut these sets into 1 inch pieces. 
 You should have 5 of each set. 
 sew one piece from each set into a nine patch with the white blue white set in the middle flanked by the blue white blue sets.  Try to randomize the placement of the flanking pieces if you can to make the block look more random.  Open the seams and press carefully to reduce bulk.  Again, if you seam allowance if perfect, the seams should meet in the middle.  Each nine patch should be 2 inches. 
 Take your five completed nine patches and combine them with the four white squares. 

Sew as you would any nine patch and press the seams away from the bulk if you can. 

The makeup block from last Tuesday has kindly been provided by Libby.  Follow the link for directions to this great, simple and quick nine patch variation. 

Nine Patch and Rails


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I'm sure things will settle down in your new house soon but it is a pain getting there!

Sara said...

Very cute blocks!! The move and remodel all by itself would put most people over the edge. Hope it's a good school year for you. I kind of miss the excitement and anticipation of a new year.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Thanks for this fun block, Angela! The beginning of the school year is always crazy - I remember that so well. Hope you're having a great second day, and things are going smoothly with your kids' college moves, too!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Tiny DOUBLE 9-Patch?!?! OMG!!! I will DEFINITELY have to give this a try!

Karen K from Buffalo said...

I couldn't save the other nine patch directions & cut sizes from your fill-in friend. How do I find out? I also tried to follow her via e-mail & couldn't find that either.

Sewing relaxes me, so I hope you can find time to sew. The first few weeks are difficult after a move. Here's hoping everything will go smoothly for ya!

Jenny said...

I am amazed at how much you are doing in this very busy time. New home, school starting for your youngsters, and work for you. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into making the RSC so enjoyable as a newbie I will definitely take part again next year as well.
Many thanks
Jenny from New Zealand

Quilter Kathy said...

I don't know how you manage to juggle all this! It would put me in the looney bin for sure!
I have a few hours to sew tonight after work and feel like I wouldn't be able to make it through the week if I didn't have that oasis to fill me up!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Double 9-Patch is one of my favorite blocks, but I've never made a tiny one!! Have you made changes to the cutting instructions? They sound a bit off to me. Headed up to give the block a try...

MissPat said...

The Joyful Quilter is correct. The white/blue/white strip set for the center rows also need to be 5". I actually always cut my strips a little longer than needed to compensate for straightening uneven edges. Easy to trim off extra, can't do much to a piece that's a smidgen too short. Anyway, adding the extra two pieces will add some variety.