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Thread: Scrappy and White 9 Patch Block Swap... signups close Sept 20!

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    Scrappy and White 9 Patch Block Swap... signups close Sept 20!

    9 Patch Block Swap

    Blocks due by Oct. 10.

    Join us for a new and different 9 Patch Block Swap, a very fun way to use up your scraps! Please read this entire post! The blocks are different than the last two 9P swaps. If you send the wrong blocks, I can't swap them and will have to return them to you. Read the rules.

    Sign ups require a commitment to communicate. You will be required to check in with your thread at least once a week, so we know you are still involved. Post your pics of blocks or anything else you are working on, reply to other’s pictures and comments, or chat a bit. The nice community in this group is dependent on all of you posting and sharing.

    Also, if I need to pm or email you, I expect you to respond in a timely manner, (not longer than 48 hours). Failure to do so may result in your being banned from future 9P swaps.

    Sign ups are open until Sept 20. Blocks must be here in my hands no later than Oct 10.

    We are swapping sets of 10 blocks per bag, up to 10 bags. Each bag must contain 10 completely different blocks (no fabric repeats in a bag.) This shouldn't be a problem if you are using scraps. Each bag can contain the same set of fabrics, just no duplicates in any one bag. I need the bags ready to swap bag-for-bag.

    The finished blocks will be 6.5” and will be made of white and scrappy 2.5" squares. Use what, in your best judgement, is true white. Not cream. Not white on white. Just true white. Please use a white that is at least as thick as your fabrics (not see-thru). The blocks should contain 5 scrappy squares and 4 white squares in the north, south, east and west positions. The configuration must be like this or I can't swap your blocks:

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    You will need quart size bags (not sandwich) to accommodate the size of the blocks. Please put your board name on each bag. Before mailing, put all your bags into a big gallon bag with your name and address clearly on the bag, along with your board name. Then ship in either a tyvek or padded flat rate envelope. No paper envelopes, as they don’t hold up. Be sure to include your return postage! It’s $7.25 now for the padded flat rate envelopes I will use for U.S. shipping. I will not be making change this time, so if you send $8 or $10 I will consider it a donation towards the printer ink and tape fund.

    Do not send me stamps or stamped envelopes! My P.O. requires that I check those in, in person, at the post office counter, and I am not going to the post office. I make my labels online and mail from home. So send carefully concealed cash in your package. I've never had a problem with that yet.

    Please use good fabric in your blocks… like you would hope to receive. 100% cotton, only. No thin fabrics. If you have to starch it to make it acceptable, don’t use it for this swap. Prewashed or not really doesn’t matter in pieces this size, so just use what you have.

    Your finished blocks must measure 6.5”. In a follow-up post I will tell you how to insure they do. Most people did great with this last time… let’s strive to get 6.5" blocks. If they come out smaller, it is your responsibility to adjust seams or remake them, to get them to 6.5". The center square should be 2" square.

    As always, regular Quilting Board swap rules apply: https://www.quiltingboard.com/member...-a-t20154.html

    Sign up by pm’ing me your real name and address, and your email address.

    Let’s have fun again!

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    How to Make Perfect 6.5" 9 Patches

    Many of you are pros at making perfect 9 patches, but for those who struggle, I have some tips. Blocks must be 6.5" square to be eligible for this swap (so they fit with everyone else's... ), and not just because I am mean. So how do we get that?

    Start by squaring off a straight cut across your fabric or scrap. When you cut your 2.5" strips or squares, pay attention that your ruler line is on the fabric, not the mat. Then get your true 2.5" cut.

    I have found that I have to sew a scant quarter inch seam. If I sew a full 1/4, my blocks come out too small. Every time. I have a scant quarter foot on my Juki that I use, but if you machine does not, you need to experiment and find a line on your machine bed, or place a piece of tape where that scant quarter line is. Then follow it!

    After sewing, I press to the dark, and my little checkerboard 9-patch will have beautifully nesting seams. I also check to see that the center block or strip is measuring exactly 2", as it should.

    When cross cutting strip sets, again square off a straight line perpendicular to the long edges and measure from there, with the ruler line again on the fabric and not the mat.

    There are online tutes about how to spin seams at your four intersections, if you need them. It is not required that you spin your seams.

    Lastly, take your 6.5" ruler and place it on your pressed block and sliver trim the edges. If something doesn't quite reach the 6.5" edge, you may have to pick open a couple of little seams and alter them slightly. You wouldn't believe how often I do this, so I can send the right size block.

    Remember, 6.5"... not 6.25" or 6.75" or 6.5"x 6.25".
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    I wouldn't miss this for the world, count me in! Sending my pm.

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    Whoopie! Another round of 9-patches! I just send my PM. Thank you for hosting again, Sewbiz!
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    Oh Boy!!! I love scrappy stuff. Count me in. I have just started sewing again -- broken neck brace didn't allow much I could do. I should get it off next week. Yeaaa!! I will PM you

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    Ok, we have three already! Four, including me. When we have 10 or so I will start posting the list. Let the block making begin!
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    Oh! This will be a fun thread to read!
    Invite all your friends to join! :-) There are so many many many ways to use 6" (finished) 9patches!

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    Yes, yes - count me in! Hope to complete 50 - using Kona white.

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    Yes I'm in too! I already have about 50 done using Kona white.

    And I'm measuring every which way possible!

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    This sounds like a fun swap. Does anyone have quilt examples on how they have used these 9 patches?

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    Jannie, there are so many ways to use these blocks! You can look through the past two 9-patch blocks swaps Sewbizgirl has hosted this year to see what other members have created. Or you can go on Pinterest or Google and simply type in " nine patch quilts ". There is the Single Irish Chain pattern, the Sisters Choice pattern, Snow Balls and 9-patches, on point layout, and many more... So many ideas! Hope you join us!

    I found one on Pinterest that I really liked. It was the 9-patch blocks and Friendship Star block alternating. I might do that. https://pin.it/ej6zsruawidlmk
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    I was planning on using mine in an Irish Chain, too. I really like that one with the alternate friendship stars! It's a fun quilt that really lends itself to scraps.
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    NZQ, that is a pretty quilt, love that variation!

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    I want to do this swap, have to purchase Kona fabric before I PM you though. Can anyone tell me how much fabric I should buy?
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    Just taking a wild guess... but maybe a yard or yard and a half?
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    Sunrise, I'm finding I am getting approximately 50 9-patch blocks out of 1yd. I liked the feel and weight and the weave of the Walmart Waverly 100% cotton white carried at my local Wally-world. I know not every Walmart is the same, but my one sells fabric by the one yard bundle, so I bought two of them.

    Hopefully no one minds that I'm not buying Kona cotton?
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    generally speaking you can cut 15-17 2.5" squares from a width of fabric depending on how wide it is .

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    NZquilter, I don't mind, I like Waverly fabric. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZquilter View Post

    Hopefully no one minds that I'm not buying Kona cotton?
    Oh, absolutely not! It’s up to you to decide what to use. There’s no requirement to use Kona. I just ask that your fabrics not be too thin. I’m sure we will end up with a nice mix of fabrics.
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    Count me in. I hav e been waiting for this swap. I will PM you. I will be making an irish chain pattern. I love scrappy Irish Chain.

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    nine patch design

    This is a top I finished last spring before I was hit with shingles (Please GET YOUR NEW SHOTS). It was on the cover of a quilting magazine. I loved the way it looks like curves

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    Beautiful quilt, mim!

    Here are a few blocks I have started on. I have so many small odd shaped scraps that I am cutting into 2.5" squares for these blocks... This may take awhile! But it couldn't be a funner way to use them up.

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    Pretty quilt, Mim! Several of us used that very same pattern with our blocks from the last 9p swap! We had two red ones, and a blue. I love that pattern. And sorry to hear about the shingles.

    NZ, great start on some very pretty blocks! Thank you for the pictures, ladies.
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    I made my blocks several weeks ago, but it looks like I'll have to sit this one out after all. Hubby's work hours are being significantly cut, which means that "play money" will be pretty much non-existent for awhile. If things change before the sign-up deadline, I'll definitely join if I can, but for the moment, I'm having to cut way back on my swaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonrise View Post
    I made my blocks several weeks ago, but it looks like I'll have to sit this one out after all. Hubby's work hours are being significantly cut, which means that "play money" will be pretty much non-existent for awhile. If things change before the sign-up deadline, I'll definitely join if I can, but for the moment, I'm having to cut way back on my swaps.
    Oh, that's sad... especially since you've already made your blocks. That darn postage is expensive! Maybe you can sew along with us, Moon, and show us what you are making... even if you don't end up swapping.

    Hope things pick up for you and your husband.
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