Monday, September 9, 2019

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop

When Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks asked hoppers to join her Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop I signed up right away. I love playing along with blog hops and challenges.



I create some of my favorite projects during these events and I loved having an excuse to work with one of my favorite quilt blocks.

I have several favorite blocks and wasn't sure which one to pick at first, so I asked my husband, "What is my favorite quilt block?"   He answered within seconds,  "The nine patch."



Later I asked my daughter the same question, she also said, "The nine patch."


That solved my dilemma right away of which block to choose.  The nine patch is such a great block.  It is cute by itself, it looks great in other blocks, and even makes some pretty spiffy corner stones in sashing.


For this hop I new exactly which quilt I wanted to make. I had been eyeing a nine patch pattern I found on Pitnerest.  I am not sure the name of this pattern or where it originated from but it was captioned Scrappy Stars.  I clicked the link to find more info but it lead me to one of those weird sites that have nothing to do with the picture.  If anyone knows the pattern let me know!


I wanted to have it all quilted before today, but Hurricane Dorian had other plans.  We didn't have much damage here.  Just a little rain and wind and few branches fell, and we did not loose power this time.  Yay! But I did loose a couple days of sewing due to hurricane prep, so it is still in the flimsy stage.

*Update* Ack! Yes that is one of my triangles is turned the wrong way in this photo.  Good thing I haven't quilted it yet, that one will get turned around. There are actually three turned the wrong way this one and two more at the bottom. And I thought I had them all going the right direction. Ah well, things were bound to get turned wonky with this many blocks.

Since I didn't know the dimensions of the pattern online, I decided to come up with my own and I wanted to go small. I chose 3 inch finished square for my nine patches and Triangles in a Square blocks and a lot of them. The top measures 69 x 81.  Its a biggy.  I did 23 rows across and 27 down.



That ended up being 311 nine patch blocks and 310 Triangle in Square blocks (another one of my favorite block builder pieces).

I started out sewing the nine patches in groups of 50 at a time to break it up. 

I pulled the colors from my scrap bin.  I cut some colors into 1.5 inch squares and sewed a few nine patch squares together individually.




For the majority of the nine patches, I cut a 4.5 x 1.5 inch strip and sew an identical white strip to it.  Then I trimmed off 1.5 inches and added a 1.5 inch white square to that section to make the middle row.


That left a 3 x 3.5 inch section.  I sewed a three inch colored strip to that and then cut that in half to get my bottom and top rows.    Then sewed the nine patch rows together.


This method seamed quicker than cutting 2799 individual 1.5 inch squares and sewing them together one at a time.

Next I needed 310 Triangles in a Square.  I love these little blocks.  They are usually seen as parts of other blocks, most notably in the 54-40 flight block and its variations. I opted for the darker blues for the triangles.  I wanted the blue triangles to stick out a bit. The nine patches have some blue in them, but I kept those on the light blue or teal side.  I didn't want to have any of the triangles fade into the nine patches.  Once all 310 of those were done it was time to sew everything together.


Laying the quilt out was fun.  I loved playing with these small nine patches, they are just so cute!
The quilt was so big it didn't all fit on the design wall. I had to put the last two rows on the floor.



I am lovin' this nine patch quilt!





If you want more nine patch inspiration check out some of my older projects.
You can click the label Nine Patch to see them all.



For even more inspiration, check out all the other favorite blocks posting today,
and follow along all week to see even more!


Monday, September 9th


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Wednesday, September 11th


Thursday, September 12th



Friday, September 13th






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49 comments:

  1. What a beautiful quilt, thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. The Nine Patch is so versatile, and is a great opportunity to use so many colors and scraps. Your quilts are really colorful and nice.

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  3. What a great scrappy quilt! Beautiful!

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  4. Your nine patch quilt is absolutely stunning!

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  5. I love little nine patches also. I make them as leaders and enders.

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  6. It is a wonderful block. Love your quilt!

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  7. Love this quilt! The colors, the scrappy fabric choices and the overall pattern are wonderful!

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  8. This is gorgeous! What a fun design and a large quilt too. You did a fabulous job.

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  9. Gorgeous quilt!! This makes me want to make it.

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  10. Wow thats a lot of squares no matter how you put them together. The end result is a stunning top.

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  11. Gorgeous quilt. I admire you for making all those squares and blocks, but I am sure your feline helper was a great assistant. :) Also love Summer Sunset. That quilt is stunning. Thanks for showing how versatile the 9 patch can be.

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  12. Oh my gosh, Leah, this is a love. Wow. That's big and with all the weather stuff, you are amazing. I loved watching your progress on instagram and I couldn't wait to see the finish. Worth the wait, for sure!

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  13. This quilt is really beautiful. Stunning really
    I love your sweet kitty.

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  14. Gorgeous! I adore all the scrappiness of it, so now wanting to make one myself!

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  15. That is gorgeous!!! It looks just like the 54 40 or Fight quilt, except you used 9-patches instead of 4-patches.

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  16. My mouth hangs open in awe at this amazing quilt. So many little pieces to create this beauty...wow! My husband wouldn't know what a nine patch was, so I'm impressed. Thanks for sharing this totally awesome quilt!

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  17. Your quilt is gorgeous! I'd never have the patience to do something like that.

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  18. Beautiful and amazing what you have made of the simple nine patch! I spy two flipped blue triangles in some of the photos. Is this an intentional design option? Just wondering. Thank you for sharing this wonderful scrappy goodness in the blog hop ... :) Pat

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  19. THANKS FOR SHARING THE BEAUTIFUL PROJECTS!!!!

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  20. What a bright cheerful finish. I love it.

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  21. Wow, for simple blocks that quilt is really stunning!

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  22. Lovely quilt! So fun with all the bright colors!

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  23. So much cutting, but with a great result.

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  24. Beautiful quilt! You did a fantastic job. (Your husband knows what a 9-patch block is??? I'm impressed!)

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  25. What pretty quilt. Wow those are tiny 9 patches.

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  26. Beautiful work! Simple but delightful!

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  27. ♥️ excellent
    IG @LetsQuiltAlong

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  28. This quilt is such an awesome design! I couldn't figure it out til I saw your close-up photos. If I asked my husband about my favorite block, he'd give me a blank stare, a headlight-in-the-deer kind of look and probably just walk away! He loves that I have a creative outlet, but doesn't pay much attention to what I'm doing. Now I want to make some 9 patches...lots of them!

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  29. I know this as the friendship chain - whether that is the original name for the pattern, not sure. It is just lovely.

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  30. That's stunning! I can't imagine so many tiny blocks. I would love to do this bigger! Great job, and can't wait to see it quilted.

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  31. First off... this is absolutely awesome. It makes me want to dig thru my scrap drawers again and start another project. I had to laugh at your boo-boo! Why is is that we don't see it until we take a photo? LOL!! It happens to me all the time.
    Great job! I'm putting this on my "to-do" list now!

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  32. Oooooo, I love this design! This would make a great leader-ender project too, I now need to sort through my background fabrics and bring this quilt into being... thank you!

    Brandy

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  33. That looks fabulous. I think I would have left the wrong'uns in, because that's just how I am, but it looks good either way. Great that your family knows you so well!

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  34. Whoa, that is a lot of little teensy nine patches! I love how the triangle in a square next to the straight lines of the 9patch gives the illusion of curves. Beautiful!

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  35. Love this quilt!! Good thing you didn't rush to quilt it...maybe Dorian was a blessing in disguise for you and this beautiful quilt!!

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  36. Love the quilt you chose. It kind of reminds me of Bonnie Hunter's quilts.

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  37. THAT IS GORGEOUS! I love the bright snazzy colors you used and the pattern is wonderful!

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  38. Love that design.. Awesome job! I would have turned those Triangle in Square blocks into a paperpiece project.. :)

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  39. I've got a stack of 9-Patch blocks waiting for a design. Thanks for sharing your incredible quilt top with the Hop!! Just maybe I'll make one, too. Only time will tell...

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  40. That is a beautiful quilt--Lots of pieces--you must be very patient!!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  41. I love how your husband knew instantly what your favorite quilt block was! Love your beautiful quilt... and your kitty helper is gorgeous! xx

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  42. So pretty! Thanks for sharing. And I'm glad to hear that you dodged Dorian without much damage; it was a scary storm!

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  43. I LOVE it!! And Scrappy Stars sounds like a great name! The two block together give it such a great effect!!! Glad you were safe during the Hurricane!!

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  44. This is beautiful!! I love those tiny little nine patch blocks! Your pattern is great and I bet you used up a lot of your scraps! If I asked my hubby what my favorite block was, he'd say all of them! Great job. Thanks for sharing! Looks like your helper is sleeping on the job! LOL

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  45. I love 9 Patch too in all its variations; Shoo Fly, Jacob's Ladder, whatever! Your quilt is just so awesome I want one too. ;^)

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  46. Love it! 9-patch is my favorite too!

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  47. I LOVE this quilt! My daughter just showed it to me and I printed a picture. Once I printed the picture, I saw a flipped triangle. Hope you still have time to turn it before you quilt it!

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