Making a Nine Patch Disappear

If you’ve ever been on the Maelstrom in EPCOT, you know how to say “disappear!” (OK, maybe it’s just my family.)

I bought a layer cake of Basic Grey’s Fruitcake, because my mother is an enabler and asked me to make something for her table for her birthday. After going through about twenty ideas for placemats, I settled on the disappearing nine-patch. Which, of course, is better done with charm packs.

But I got the layer cake cut in fourths and sorted into the various patterns.

Sewed rows together, making sure the big prints were in the corners (definitely snowmen and the big ornaments; everything else was subject to slicing.) I used the nearly-solids in the middles.

Two easy cuts and you have an entirely new set of blocks.

Which are arranged so very neatly on the design wall.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 8:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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It’s a good thing I’m not doing a stash busting challenge

Because seriously?

I’d lose.

This weekend, we went to Branson, MO. Naturally, I had to hit up the one fabric-y quilt shop in town. (Tons of quilt-y quilt stores.) Lots of great patterns, lots and lots of fabric, not a lot of pre-cuts, and some really cool panels I haven’t seen before – especially the Thomas Kinkade Disney ones. And Maisy. The Dude is already clamoring for the Maisy one.

When I got home, I had the Popcorn Bear fabric in the mail, and the jelly roll and layer cake of Fruitcake. Those came from my newest weakness, Stitch Steals. Evil website. New deal every day, get it while it’s hot! My pre-cut collection is growing suddenly and rapidly.

But, Popcorn has already been attached as borders and one twinnie quilt is basted. The Fruitcake is for a table runner and placemats for my mom’s birthday. The blue sky is for my new nephew, which is next in line on the project list. So hopefully some of this stash will disappear before it really has a chance to settle in.

Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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