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This latest quilt I’ve finished is a disappearing nine patch quilt. My first time doing this and apart from following the tutorial below for how to do a disappearing nine patch I didn’t have a pattern for the rest of it.
So what else am I going to do but go scrappy with it?
Below I’ll go through how I used scrappy neutral sashing and borders, a scrappy quilt back and a tiny bit of scrappy binding too!
This is a great stash buster of a quilt using pre cut squares and small amounts of other fabrics you might have leftover from other sewing projects.
Materials Needed: Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt
- 4 packs of 5″ pre-cut squares or the equivalent in scrap fabric you cut to size (should be dark or bright colours to contrast with the scrappy neutral background)
- Approx. 20 Neutral toned Jelly Roll Strips (2.5″ wide) or strips you cut to size yourself
- Additional neutral fabric for the 3″ border.
- Larger pieces of fabric for the backing (I used a half metre, two fat quarters and a long quarter) – ideally coordinating with the colours of your disappearing 9 patch blocks)
NOTE: for all neutral fabric you do not need to have the exact lengths – you can piece strips from a variety of neutral fabrics – it is the colour contrast between the 9 patch squares and the background that is the key.
My Nine Patch Blocks
The disappearing 9 patch blocks themselves are not so much scrappy, I had some 5″ pre-cuts that I bought in a sale in the throws of ‘stash building’ when I first started quilting. So this is what I used for these blocks.
It’s so bad but I can’t remember the name of the fabric! – if you know it do drop a note for me in the comments as I know readers will be annoyed by this!
Anyway I was searching around for what to do with 4 packs of 5″ pre-cuts and this is what I came up with.
I used this tutorial from Theresa Down Under to make my blocks:
They were 11 & 3/4″ finished size before sashing – I suspect they should have come out at 12″ but anyways…
SCRAPPY SASHING & BORDERS
I didn’t have enough of these blocks to make a good sized quilt, so I needed to add some sashing and borders….this is where the neutral scraps come in.
I had a few different ‘neutral’ toned fabrics, kind of off-white colours, some with a light beige pattern on them, but none of them were enough to use for the whole of the front of the quilt.
I decided to cut these scraps – some of them were fat quarters, some a little more and some a little less – into 2 & 1/2″ strips.
I then sashed all the blocks and attached them together.
I then added a further 2 & 1/2″ inch border around all the blocks but then I thought it was still a bit on the small side so I added two 3″ ‘neutral’ strips down each side and I used the leftovers from the pre-cuts and some neutral scraps to make the 3″ top and bottom border.
To make the somewhat scrappy top and bottom borders I used the leftovers from my disappearing 9 patch blocks to make 4 in a block squares and then put the leftovers from the neutral fabric in between.
The 4 in a block squares were 4″ and the neutral pieces in between were 2″ x 4″. I then just used what I had left to make the borders reach to either edge!
QUILT BASTING – WATER & PINS
Basting has not been my strong suit since I started quilting. I tried the spray stuff for another scrappy quilt and it didn’t go particularly well.
I think it was a reader who suggested that I try spraying my quilt top with water and then ironing it down on to the batting as a basting technique.
So I did that this time but I just didn’t have enough faith to leave it at that so I ALSO pinned it.
It was a pain to do, but the combination of the two methods definitely worked better for me than spray basting.
PIECED QUILT BACK
For the back of my disappearing 9 patch quilt I used one larger piece of teal fabric and three other pink pieces I had leftover from other projects.
I really like the way the back turned out myself.
Because of some of the shapes in the patterned fabric I decided to do an all over quilting design that was a bit of a ‘leafy’ or ‘floral’ look. I’m sure there is a technical term for it but I don’t know what it is!
It was basically 3 or 4 bumps, then echo 3 or 4 times, then move on.
Given I haven’t actually done that much free motion quilting before I think it turned out okay and it was a pretty forgiving design to choose too!
PLAYING BINDING CHICKEN
I used the trimmings from the back of the quilt to make my binding strips. I had a lot of the teal colour so I started with that but I knew before I started I probably wouldn’t have quite enough so I added in some of the pink colour.
However, despite using my favourite Melanie Ham machine binding tutorial I still somehow ended up short on the binding – twice!
I was sat there at the final hurdle having to cut the strip open and sew on one more piece – and then one more piece again! – before I could get it to lay flat. Thus the funny teal pink teal pink pattern at the bottom. I don’t actually mind how it looks but it was super frustrating at the time!
FINISHED SCRAPPY DISAPPEARING 9 PATCH QUILT
The finished quilt is 61″ x 77″, so ever so slightly larger than a full/double size. My quilts are almost always improv in size!
This quilt was given as a Christmas present to my in-laws. They now have it on the guest bed.
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