|Selecting fabrics for the nine patches|
Good morning! I spend the better part of Saturday afternoon trying to fathom the mystery of the 'Disappearing Nine Patch'. This is a quilt block making technique that I have discovered this past year. The idea behind the name of this technique, is that a large nine patch block is sewn together, then quartered and the resulting blocks are sewn together in a multitude of ways.
|One of my nine patch fabric selections|
|Another nine patch fabric selection|
|Laying out the 'quartered nine patch blocks', each large nine patch block is sewn together, then quartered. The smaller blocks can be re-arranged in a multitude of ways.|
|This would be my 'baby sized' quilt top... I like it.|
I know that I am very enthusiastic about the new 'modern quilting' which can imply 'wonky' blocks, a bolder choice of colors and themes and most importantly a greater regard for more abstract patterns. So it is reasonable that this new method is becoming more and more popular. And it is fun!
However, I realize this about myself....I have a need for a bit of 'sense' or order in my quilt patterns otherwise I find myself feeling a bit anxious. Not that I do not love abstract, scrappy quilt blocks, I actually love them (!) but maybe because I can see the sense in them - they are intended to use up bits & pieces of scrap materials which will ultimately be 'squared' up with sashing for a quilt top.
I think I need to do a bit more exploring/playing around with this technique...the process itself is very satisfying.