Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nifty Nines Quilt-Along - Are You Ready For Another?

Hi, all!

Welcome to the second week of the Nifty Nines Quilt-Along!  I hope you're enjoying this as much as I am - it's been fun to revisit the nine-patch block and see all the wonderful variations out there! If you missed last week's quilt, Lattice Play, you can see it by clicking here.  

And without further ado, here is this week's nine-patch quilt - one I've affectionately named Time for Chevrons!



The name comes from the hourglass blocks and the chevron-like border of this quilt.



I broke into my long-hoarded stash of Kate Spain Terrain fabric for the nine-patch blocks, and used some Kona white and a pretty green fabric I had on hand for the hourglass blocks.

This simple quilt packs a lot of impact, but works up fairly quickly. Here's the tutorial for Time for Chevrons!

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Nifty Nines Quilt-Along
Time for Chevrons

Size - Approx. 60” x 60”
All seams are 1/4”

Fabric Requirements:

Light background fabric - 1 3/4 yards.  This can be all one fabric, or a mix of low volume fabrics
Cut:  Twenty 7.5” squares
Thirty-six 6.5” x 3.5” rectangles
Two 4” squares

Dark background fabric - 1 3/4 yards.  This will look best as one fabric.
Cut: Twenty 7.5” squares
Seventy-two 3.5” squares
Two 4” squares

Darker scraps or a mix of fabrics totaling approximately 1 5/8 yards.  
Cut: 369   2.5” squares

FYI - this pattern is fat-quarter friendly! If you don’t have a stash of scraps, a fat quarter will yield 48 2.5” squares - more than enough for the 41 nine-patch blocks in this quilt.  So nine fat quarters will provide you with enough fabric for your 2.5” squares, or you can mix it up and use more to make your blocks different!

Block Construction:

This quilt is comprised of four different blocks. 

Block A looks like this: 














Block A is a simple 9-patch, made of all scrappy fabrics cut in 2.5” squares.  Make 41.  Trim to 6.5” if needed.



Block B looks like this: 


If you’ve never made an hourglass block before, it couldn’t be simpler (at least for a two color block!)  Here’s how you make this block.  Take the 7.5” squares you cut, and draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, on the light blocks.  Lay a light block on a dark block, right sides together, matching the corners, and stitch 1/4” from each side of that line you drew.  Cut the block apart on the line you drew, and carefully press the seams to the dark side.  (FYI this is also the process for making a half-square triangle block, also known as Block D.)  Do this with all of your 7.5” squares, making 40 HSTs. 

Now, take twenty of those HSTs and draw a diagonal line from the light corner to the dark corner, crossing the stitched line. 
Lay one of the marked HSTs on top of an unmarked HST, with the seams matching and the colors in opposite position, as shown above.  (The top HST is folded back so you can see the alternated colors.)  Pin across the pencil-marked stitching line, making sure that your seams are butted together nicely and corners line up.  Stitch 1/4” from either side of the line you drew.  Cut on the line to separate your work into two hourglass blocks!  Tada!  Continue until you have 40 hourglass blocks.  Trim to 6.5” if needed.



Block C looks like this: 


Block C is a flying geese block, with a light “goose” and dark corners using the 6.5” x 3.5” light rectangles and the 3.5” dark squares.  To make this block, take your 3.5” dark squares, and draw a line from corner to corner.  Lay one square on the right corner of a light 6.5” x 3.5” rectangle, right sides together, matching right and top edges and with the line running from center to lower right corner.  Stitch on the line. 

Now at this point, you can choose to do another line of stitching 3/8” to 1/2” away from your first stitching, closer to the corner, and cut between the lines to create a “bonus” HST to use in another project, or you can simply cut off the outside of the corner 1/4” from your stitching line.  After cutting, press the corner out, with the seam toward the dark side.  

Take another dark corner and lay it on the left side, matching left and top edges and with the line running from center to lower left corner.  Stitch on the line.  Create a bonus HST or simply cut off the outside of the corner 1/4” from your stitching line, and press the corner out, with the seam toward the dark side.  Make 36.


Block D looks like this: 


Block D is a half-square triangle.  (See directions for HSTs at beginning of Block B directions.) Using the 4” light and dark squares, make 4.  Trim to 3.5” square.



Quilt Construction

Even though this quilt looks “on point”, it is set out in a horizontal fashion.  Here is a picture of the center of the quilt. 


Using your A and B blocks, lay out the center of the quilt checkerboard style in a nine-by-nine block grid.  Be sure to start with a nine-patch block (A block) in the upper left.  The hour-glass blocks (B blocks) will alternate their orientation in each row, with the dark triangles on the top and bottom in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th rows, and on the right and left in the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th rows.  This is what forms the “on-point” effect.

Now it’s time to use the C and D blocks to create the chevron effect around the outside edge of the quilt.  Place the flying geese blocks (C blocks) around the edges, alternating their orientation so that they complete the square surrounding the nine-patch block they border.  Place the half-square triangle blocks (D blocks) in the corners to complete the framing.

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


Quilt as desired!

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 I hope you'll give this quilt a try!  It was easy to make, and a so much fun to see the pattern emerge.  As always, feel free to make as many of these as you want - especially if you're making for the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge, which starts just a few weeks from now!  You can post pictures of any quilts you make using the Nifty Nines tutorials in the Nifty Nines Quilt-Along page on Flickr - just click on the group name to be taken to the page!  I can't wait to see your own personal variations!

If you'd like a PDF version of the tutorial emailed to you, please leave your email address in a comment below.

And just because it's pretty, here's one last shot of my finished Time for Chevrons quilt!



Hope to see you next week!!!

Hugs!

Sarah

PS - you can see what I made with my "bonus" HSTs by clicking here...

59 comments:

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  2. can you please a pdf of the pattern thank you
    idaho-kc at centurylink dot net

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  3. This is beautiful. It looks difficult when in fact it is a simple pattern. I would love a PDF. Thanks.

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  4. I am really enjoying your sew along and this is the perfect pattern for some brown printed fabric that I've been wondering what to do with! Thank you so much for the great inspiration! Mickie in Pennsylvania

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  5. Another great quilt! Would like a PDF of this one! Thank you!!

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  6. Thank you, the quilt is so pretty. What really caught my eye was that you still had some Terrain, that could be my all time favorite fabric. :)

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  7. It IS pretty-- may I share your post with the Facebook group "A Quilt Block a Day?" We're making 9-patches this season!

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  8. Yes! This is marvelous. Love the fabric combo so much

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  9. Yes! This is marvelous. Love the fabric combo so much

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  10. Very pretty, would you please send me a PDFs, thanks!! carent1@neb.rr.com

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  11. Stunning quilt and love your leftover pillows! Would you kindly send me a pdf of this pattern too? I'll be out of town for awhile but would love to get a beautiful quilt like this done for the summer, thanks!

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  12. Wow! This is a great quilt and a wonderful tutorial, Sarah. Thank you! I think a PDF would be great.
    I've been sewing up 2" squares and could probably alter this to use those but it might be a great time to use up the 2 1/2" bin :-)

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  13. The simplest designs are always the most effective. I love this and would love the PDF. Thank you. Sewandsew@ hvc.rr.com

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  14. Could you please send me a pdf of this quilt. Thank you

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    1. Brenda, I would love to, but you are a no-reply blogger and didn't provide your email address! You can email me directly at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send you one...

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  15. I have a stack of 9-patches from a 9-patch exchange my guild did last year, and I didn't know what to do with them. This will be perfect! All I have to do is adjust for the size of my patches. And it will make a perfect snuggly charity quilt. Thanks!

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  16. I loved the sixteen patches from last year and have been looking forward to the nifty nines! I would love a PDF of this one. Thank you. Knolljameskimber@gmail.com

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  17. Another fun quilt to try--thanks, Sarah! I can think of lots of color combinations to make this into....now I just need a helper to get all the projects in my head sewn up---hmmmm.

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  18. Love Love Love this......please send me a PDF file.....would love to make one with my scraps.

    spurr@mts.net

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  19. Love Love Love this......please send me a PDF file.....would love to make one with my scraps.

    spurr@mts.net

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  20. I love nine patch's. Thank you so much for sharing I'm off to cut my scraps.

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  21. I love the colors used. I would also love a PDF of the quilt

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  22. I love the colors used. I would also love a PDF of the quilt

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  23. Sarah, this is right up my alley. This is not too hard for me. and it looks stunning. If I could get a pdf, I would appreciate it. When I copy and save in Evernote, I get stripey color background. Thanks so much!

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  24. Yes please! Pamnagle @hotmail thank you!

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  25. HELLO SARAH ! PLease send me a PDF copy ! thanks so much !! I LOVE THIS QUILT !!!

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  26. sorry ..... forgot !! harleywife8@gmail.com

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  27. What a fun combination and layout! Great job, as usual. You go girl!

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  28. Another great quilt! I would like to receive a PDF pattern. Thank you.
    quiltgrane@gmail.com

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  29. You have such wonderful quilt patterns, I would love to receive a PDF pattern. Thank you and I am still a "no reply" person. I have to wait for a Grandchild to show up to teach me how to change it. kfreeman2@comcast.net

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  30. I've been in a sewing slump and this just may be the pattern that pulls me out of it. :) I'll have to make two...one for Hands2Help and one to keep! :) May I ask you for a PDF pattern too? Thank you so much...for all you do.

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  31. Another awesome 9-patch! And, I agree with Chris -- your blog is fantastic, and worthy of an international following!

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  32. Another winner! You have a great way with 9 patches. Hum, don't I have a bunch of purple 9 patches around here somewhere? Or maybe they are 4 patches but they sure would work just as well with this wonderful pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. This one is going on my bucket list Sarah! You sure picked a lovely fabric combination too! Wonderful tutorial - thank you for sharing it with us!

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  34. I am loving your Nifty Nines quilts. Bothof them have been creative and fun. Thanks for the great ideas..

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  35. I am loving this series! Please send the PDF!

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  36. I love the look of this quilt, it is beautiful! Great choice of colors! I would love to have a PDF of this pattern, please. Thank you!
    ceciliayoung at gmx.com

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  37. I love this 9-patch quilt pattern. Could see it made with colorful scraps, too. Thoroughly enjoying your 9-patch series this year.
    I live in NC. Last year during your H2H charity quilt challenge, I made a Sweet 16 quilt that I donated to a local charity that cares for children that have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. I donated to this charity instead of one of the three charities you listed. May I do that again this year?

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  38. Yes please send a pdf! This looks fun! Thank you.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  39. I can't wait to make this quilt, I love it! Please me the pdf. Thank you

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  40. Love your Nifty Nines! Please .pdf me ... scrapatches@gmail.com ... Thank You!! ... :) pat

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  41. Oh wow. You broke down and used your Terrain. I like the outcome. Well done.

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

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  43. I also would love a PDF version of this quilt pattern. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  44. I'd love the PDF. Thanks! idig4you2@yahoo.com

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  45. I'd love a PDF to this quilt also. Great quilt!
    pattilousquilts@gmail.com

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  46. I would love the pdf please. My email is
    SHARILHEATH@AOL.COM

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  47. Please, oh please send me this PDF pattern! - thank you so much for doing this for us all! cakilliany at hotmail.com

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  48. great way to use up some of my leftovers! Please send pdf pattern.

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  49. please send pdf to lindakqov@gmail.com

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  50. I just found this qal and would love to make this quilt from my scraps
    sharongalli@gmail.com
    thank you

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  51. ooooo, I would LOVE a PDF of this one too! Thanks so much!

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  52. I'd love a PDF of this quilt. I will add it to my list of quilts I MUST make! My email address is laurajcoyle@gmail.com

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  53. Lovely. Please send pdf, thanks

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  54. I really like the colors and fabrics you chose. Please send me a PDF copy. Thanks. senstrings@yahoo.com

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  55. Wonderful! junedodge at gmail dot com

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  56. Wonderful! junedodge at gmail dot com

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  57. Could you email a pdf at rjquebedo at gmail dot com thanks

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