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Old 09-30-2008, 10:53 AM
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Someone mentioned a while back that she has a method of making 2-9 patch blocks in the time it takes to make 1 block normally. I have to make 150 9 patch blocks and would love to know this method. Will anyone share it with me ? :D

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I think they might be talking about the strip method. You take a few selvage to selvage pieces in the height you're looking for (2.5 inches are the jelly roll size) and carefully sew three rows together of each set. Double check that you're consistent during this part or the whole thing will be off.
You then cut off sections the same width of the sewn rows as you're doing height of the individual pieces and combine your sections to form nine patches. there should be info online for "strip piecing" if this is the method you're looking for.
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Shelly Q has a tutorial on this at
http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/6460.page
and her tutes are awesome!
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I saw this on her show a while back and luckily I wrote down the directions. Hope I can make it clear.

Let's say you want a finished size 6" 9-patch: Start with two 7.5" squares of your two fabrics (call them A and B). Place them RS together and sew 1/4" seams on two opposite sides (they'll be parallel to each other). Now rotary cut 2.5" from both of those seams. You'll get 2 sets of A & B strips and a leftover strip of both fabrics. Sew one leftover strip to each strip set so you've got an ABA and a BAB strip set. Now place the two strip sets RST, matching the seams and sew the 2 opposite sides which have the 3 seams crossing them. Rotary cut again 2.5" from the seams you just sewed and you'll get 2 sets of 6 squares along with 2 middle sections of 3 squares. Then sew one of those middle sections to each of your side sections in the right order and viola! you've got 2 9-patch squares.

I hope this makes sense. I wish I could add graphics. If I can find a website that illustrates this I'll post it.
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This isn't Eleanor Burns but might be what you are looking for. The 2 nine patches will be opposite of each other.

http://www.moonlightquilters.org/tipninepatch.htm
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LP's Mom: Thanks. That's exactly what Eleanor Burns did on her show and it's much easier to understand with the graphics!
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Wow! that is great! Seems like it will take alot less time!

Thank you everyone!
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:37 AM
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Its the nine patch party quilt in her Still Stripping After Twenty Five Years book. It makes two blocks, one positive and one negative.
I love her methods and her books.
Yes, that moonlight site is the same pattern.
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