Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nifty Nines Quilt-Along - The First Quilt!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the first post for this year's Hands2Help Quilt-Along!  Some of you probably remember the Sweet Sixteen Quilt-Along from last year - six different sixteen-patch quilts to demonstrate some of the many ways you could use that versatile block.  This year I'm doing something similar with the nine-patch block - a great block for scrap-busting and charity quilting!  I hope you'll come join me as we spend the next six Sundays exploring some of the ways you can use a nine-patch block...

And here's this week's quilt!  Bright and sunny, it makes me think of summer and picnics...


Of course, while it was beautifully sunny today, it was hard to get a decent picture....


...because the wind was blowing the quilt almost horizontal!


But it was very pretty against last weekend's snow, even if I did get it hung up sideways!

While it may not look like your typical nine-patch quilt, I assure you that it is.  Setting the nine-patch blocks on point can really change the look of your quilt.  So without further ado, here's a tutorial for this quilt, which I'm calling Lattice Play!

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Nifty Nines Quilt-Along
Lattice Play

Size - Approx. 62” x 67”

Fabric Requirements:

Background fabric - 2 1/4 yards.  This can be all one fabric, or a mix of low volume fabrics if preferred.  Cut 533  2 1/2" squares for background.

Darker scraps or a mix of fabrics totaling approximately 2 1/4 yards.  Cut 516   2 1/2" squares from print fabrics.

Block Construction:

This is an nine-patch quilt, but what I call an “engineered” nine-patch.  There are two basic blocks, put together in a very specific way, that form the body of the quilt.  

Block A looks like this: 



Block A is a simple 9-patch, with the background colors in the corners.  Make 52.



Block B looks like this: 


Block B is also a simple 9-patch, but the background colors form an L on two edges and another single background block in the corner.  Make 39.


Then there are three other blocks, also put together in a very specific way, that after trimming will form the straight edges of the quilt.  These are made in such a way that they conserve fabric, rather than making more of the two basic blocks and trimming away half of the block.

Block C looks like this: 


Make 21 of Block C.

Block D looks like this: 


Block D (right facing)


Block D (left facing)

(ignore the white corners - your D blocks will only have 6 pieces in each, and an irregular shaped edge.)

Make 3 of Block D (right facing) and 3 of Block D (left facing).  The left facing blocks will go on the left side of the quilt, and the right facing blocks will go on the right side of the quilt.

Block E looks like this: 


(Once again, ignore the white portions - your E blocks will only have 4 pieces in each, and an irregular shaped edge.)


These are for the upper corners.  Make 2 of Block E.


Quilt Construction

This quilt is put together “on-point” so you may find it useful to have a design wall or floor.  Personally, I find it hard to keep my design in the proper order without one!  But it is possible,
with a picture of the finished quilt in front of you.  Do whatever works best for you!  Here is a blow-out of the way the quilt is laid out.


Lay out all of your blocks, and begin assembling on the diagonal.  I assembled my entire upper left corner first - sewing one C block to each side of an A block, and an E block to the top of the A block.  Then I constructed my rows, joining each row to the assembled corner of the quilt.  You may find this gets quite bulky, and you can choose to assemble half the quilt from the top left corner, then the other half from the bottom right corner and then join the two pieces together in a final grand finale! 

Here is a complete picture of the quilt layout for your reference…


You can see in this picture what your quilt top’s edges will look like at this point.    


To straighten the edges of your quilt, place your long ruler with the 1/4 inch line running along the patchwork blocks like this…

I've already trimmed this edge, but you can see
where the 1/4" line lies against the corners
of the blocks.

...and trim all around the quilt.  This will (hopefully) allow your blocks along the side to be whole and not cut off after binding.  Be careful - those edges are on the bias and can stretch.  You may also want to stitch around the edges of your quilt, about 1/8 of an inch in, just to keep them from stretching out of shape.  Quilt as desired, bind, and you are done!

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I hope you've enjoyed this, the first of six tutorials to come over six weeks.  Some will be easier than this one, but all will be beautiful quilts perfect if you need an idea for your Hands2Help quilt!  Of course, they'll also make beautiful gifts and family quilts, too - feel free to make as many as you want.  I hope you'll post pictures of anything you make using the Nifty Nines tutorials - it will be great to see your own variations.  You can post them in the Nifty Nines Quilt Along group on Flickr - just click on the group name to be taken there!

Hugs!

Sarah

PS - If you'd like a PDF of this quilt pattern, leave your email address in your comment and I'll gladly send it to you!

74 comments:

  1. Fabulous quilt and tutorial. Love it!

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  2. OH MY!!! This quilt is just GORGEOUS! I LOVE it!!! What a fun way to do nine patches and use up those scraps!!!

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  3. I'd LOVE a PDF of this pattern! Please send to:
    Shahann@yahoo.com
    THANKS!!!

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  4. What a clever way to use nine patches! I'd love to have the pattern pdf. Thanks so much!
    jklmengland@windstream.net

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  5. I love this quilt! Please send a pdf to ptquilts@charter dot net Thanks!!!

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  6. So perfect for using scraps! Please send PDF. I love this. Just the thing to start me going this year. Thank you for the tutorial.
    witsend53@gmail.com

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  7. I've been looking forward to this since you first showed us that quilt, it's so pretty. I'd love a PDF, danagaff@gmail.com

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  8. Yea please, I'd like a PDF sent to scrapquilter@hotmail.com

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  9. Love it. Nice clear directions. A pdf would be lovely if it isn't too much work. I particularly love your fresh spring colours.

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  10. I am really excited about this series! Please send the PDF. Thank you

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  11. Sweet design, Sarah. It especially looks lovely in those yellow, oranges and greens. Great idea for scrap busting!

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  13. Excellent quilt and one that I certainly will be making. A PDF for this quilt would be convenient and can be sent to dweeks4602@gmail.com Thank you for sharing. Donna Weeks, aka Momma Llama

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  14. Great quilt Sarah! I love your fabric choices and how you put the quilt together - it's great!!!!

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  15. Great to use up scraps. I love it. Please share your PDF pattern with me. Thank you so much
    Sewandsew@ hvc.rr.com

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  16. Very cool, Sarah! I love the way yours turned out, and I also love that it could be a great scrap buster. Can you email me the PDF? You know where to find me. Thanks for a great tutorial (and you got 'er done--whoop!).

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  17. Ye,, please send PDF pattern. This is a very interesting quilt. jetanner31@gmail.com

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  18. Great way to contemporize a classic block. I'd love a pdf copy. Thank you for creating and sharing. gregkimsmith at yahoo dot com

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  19. please send pdf copy to idaho-kc@centurylink.net Thanks

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  20. Great quilt...thanks for all your work...I would like a PDF copy...send to Quiltgrane@gmail.com...thank you.
    Yvonne

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  21. I love this pattern and would love to try it. I have lots of 2.5 squares ready for a new project. Please send me a pdf.
    tkb6801@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Gorgeous quilt. I too would love a PDF, thank you so much. sue52g@gmail.com

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  23. Beautiful quilt! I would love a pdf pattern. Thank you
    quiltingchemist@gmail.com

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  24. What a great idea. Never thought about putting a nine-patch on point. And I love the colour scheme. I wouldn't mind the pdf...thanks. anjaclyke@gmail.com

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  25. The quilt is lovely. The color combination really pops. I would love to have the PDF. It might help me get my quilting mojo back.

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  26. Very pretty. Would like a PDF. Thanks
    capetesmith@yahoo.com

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  27. Love it. Would like a PDF.
    Mindingmomma at AOL dot com.
    Might make mine a lap size though. Hope I can handsew it!

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  28. Beautiful - thank you!!! A PDF would be fabulous!!!

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  29. I love this quilt -- was hard to believe it was a humble 9-patch. Thank you so much for making the PDF available. Please send mine to lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

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  30. would love the pdf version--I have been sorting and organizing 55 years of scraps--lots of 5 inch and 2 1/2 inch squares needing a project--this would make a hole in the stash!
    address is gboo978@yahoo.com

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  31. I love this quilt, but I do better if I have instructions on paper when making a quilt. My address is kfreeman2@comcast.net Thx's for the tutorial.

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  32. I would love a pdf of this pattern. Thanks. Howlandquilt at gmail dot com. I think you'll know what it is.

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  33. Beautiful quilt, I would love a pdf pattern, beimborn@charter.net. Thanks

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  34. I really like this quilt... it is such a different look for the versatile 9 patch. Please send me your pdf. brsinstitches @ gmail.com Now to figure out when I would have time to actually MAKE this quilt. Actually, this might be perfect to do for a retreat. Lots of repetitive sewing with only a few ACK! I need to pay attention now moments.

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  35. So pretty and fun. I would love to have a pdf of the pattern, please. maryc76904 at yahoo dot com.
    Thank you for sharing!!

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  36. This is awesome! I like how the setting triangles are part of the block making. Love this technique. Yes, I would like a PDF. And thank you!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  37. Please send pdf--I love your layout! susanprincess at att dot net

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  38. what a great pattern - love it - kml7559@gmail.com

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  39. I love this quilt. Please send me the pdf. Thank you.
    Shelia. stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

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  40. I love this quilt. Please send me the pdf. Thank you.
    Shelia. stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

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  41. Love this quilt and, yes, I would like to have a PDF of the tutorial. Thank you!
    aquiltersplayhouse at gmail dot com

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  42. Wow Sarah! Six quilts oh my! This one is a beauty and your tutorial is great! Off to a wonderful start!

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  43. I'd love a PDF. It's a fun quilt. Pamnagle at hotmail .com thanks!

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  44. I would also love a PDF. Thank you. ndfromsd at gmail.com

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  45. I would also love a PDF. Thank you. ndfromsd at gmail.com

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  46. Oh Sarah, that is a lovely pattern, Please be a doll and send me a PDF of the pattern at sewpreetiquilts@gmail.com. Hugs, Preeti.

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  47. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing and linking up.

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  48. What a wonderful quilt. Yes I would love to have a copy of the file. Thank you!!!

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  49. I can't believe that's a 9-patch! It's lovely! I want to make one right now! ^_^

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  50. I would love a pdf please. Awesome quilt. Thanks
    youroldpalmom at yahoo dot com

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  51. I hope it is not too late to ask for a PDF of this pattern! You did a great job with this design.

    Susan Rizzi

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  52. I like, I like and will definitely be saving this for a future project. Thank you.

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  53. Can you send me a PDF of this pattern? If you did send it, it must have gone to my spam folder. I have your e-mail in my address book... Shahann@yahoo.com. THANKS!!!

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  54. I would love a PDF of this pattern. I love the design it makes

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  55. Oops. I forgot to also say that I'd love the PDF of this pattern. Thanks bunches.

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  56. I would like a pdf for the lattice quilt. Please email to morte056@umn.edu.
    I will start my piles of 2 1/2" squares today.
    thanks for this pattern

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  57. I would love a pdf - what a great quilt - km7559@gmail.com

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  58. Great Quilt. Please send PDF to patheer42@gmail.com

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  59. I would love to have a PDF of this quilt pattern. siggybee@embarqmail.com

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  60. I would love a copy in PDF. Thanks
    vols_mom@yahoo.com

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  61. It's been a long time since I've been blog hopping. I really like this quilt and would love a PDF. Thanks
    pattilousquilts@gmail.com

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  62. Ok - I'd like this PDF pattern also! cakilliany at hotmail.com

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  63. Ok - I'd like this PDF pattern also! cakilliany at hotmail.com

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  64. I would love to make this in my red and green christmas scraps
    may I have a pdf
    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  65. I would love a PDF. LOVE this quilt and I have SOOOOOOO much fabric! I wonder if this one wold make a good 'scrappy' project?? I think I will try it! Thanks so much!

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  66. joining in a little late in the game, but just love this challenge! I make quilts for a charity and this will work great with all of our scraps! I would love a PDF of this pattern. Thanks!
    kquilts23@gmail.com

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  67. Is it too late to get a PDFs of this pattern? I'd love to have one. Thanks! My email is mj.mollman at Juno dot com

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  68. I like this quilt. I really like the picture you took from underneath it looking towards the sky. That particular picture for some reason reminds me of a stained glass window. Please send me a PDF copy. Thanks. senstrings@yahoo.com

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  69. Just found your blog and love your quilts. Would love the pdf file for this quilt.
    March_50@yahoo.com

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  70. Very nice!
    junedodge at gmail dot com

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  71. Very nice!
    junedodge at gmail dot com

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