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Thread: Difference between 4-patch or a 9-patch

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    I took a short class for handpiecing but never knew what the difference between 4-patch or a 9-patch is. Can anyone explain this to me please?.

    Thank you,
    Suzanne




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    I'm guessing a 4 patch is 4 squares (2x2)..2 on top, 2 on bottom...
    A nine patch is (3x3)...3 squares on top, 3 in the middle, 3 on the bottom...like a tic-tac-toe board.
    ____
    l_l_l_l
    l_l_l_l
    l_l_l_l
    9 Patch


    ------
    l_l_l
    l_l_l 4 Patch???

    I'm good at confusing more than helping...HOPEFULLY that helps! LOL!

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    You're right Miranda, you are good at confusing us! LOL just kidding, you left yourself wide open for that one!

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    awww Kathy, you are to sharp this morning. I need more of that coffee you're having. She did leave herself open for it though. Sorry Miranda sometimes we just have to take our lumps, eh?

    Good job on the explanation, Miranda.

    The squares can be any size 4X4 inch or 6 X 6 inch, right? It will make the quilt go slower or faster, right? I like fast sometimes, but piecing by hand is not one of the things I can do anymore. Age, eyesight, and arther have taken over those days for me. sighhhh

    Sorry the :twisted: is out in me this morning, can you blame it on the heat? Please???

    Sharon

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    That's difficult to explain in just a few lines. It has to do with the way a block is - or can be - divided into a grid with a certain number of patches across and down.

    Here's a really good link to a few examples of blocks broken down by "patch".

    http://www.quilt.com/QuiltBlocksPage.html

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    Of course you can piece four squares of four patches into a set of interlocking nine, which is what I did on my first patch. I didnít know to pre-wash and did this before the machine, but like the idea a lot. I used two-inch squares but any size will do. Am thinking of applying this to a full size project later on.

    Four four-patches used to create the interlocking nines.
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    Jeeper, now that I look at it the sewing was awful on that patch. But live and learn I always say, and what the hey, I did end up liking the idea.

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    Hi Suzanne-

    Basically, Miranda got it right. A Nine-patch block has 9 squares in a 3 by 3 grid, a Four-patch has 4 squares in a 2 by 2 grid.

    As Patrice said, most pieced blocks can be divided into a grid of squares, the simplest ones are just a square of fabric in each space of the grid. The more complex can have more than one piece in them.

    Are you totally confused now? :lol: LOL Hope not!

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    if she isn't confused, she isn't "one of us". :lol:

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    HEY!
    Pick on me all you want. I pick on you when I get the chance!

    If the confused can explain something (or try) and not confuse the already confused...The explaining confused is doing well....BUT...
    If the confused can explain something (or try) and confuse the already confused further...then we're all SOL!

    Did that confuse you?

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