Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Glorified nine patch

Here's a peek at my next project, a glorified nine patch in blue, green, brown and plum. I might be just a bit nuts to start into a new quilt with curved seams after practically killing myself on the double wedding ring (can't wait to get it back from the quilter's!). This one, however, is quite a bit easier because of the construction.

At first, I assumed that I would sew together the half-melons and then add them to the nine patch centers, much like you add the rings to the center of a double wedding ring. I quickly found out that it was much harder. All those seam allowances at the points got in the way. So -- rip, rip, rip, let's start over. I had been concentrating so hard on the curves that I didn't think about sewing the half-melons onto the centers. Then, voila, you just have 11" square blocks to join in the regular way. Much easier.

After I completed three blocks, I had to document my progress. The colors are lovely, and the design interesting enough even though it's simple. The only thing that may be harder assembling it this way is accurately joining the points. But, you know what? I'm not going to sweat it like I did on the wedding ring quilt. I will pin and be as accurate as I can, but if a point gets a little snipped off, it's not going to make me crazy. With all those seams coming together at the points, you won't see it.

(Wow, who was that person? It didn't sound like the normal obsessive-compulsive me!)


Greenmare said...

good girl don't sweat it!!! just do your best and that's all you can do. and they look super!!!!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love the glorified 9 patch.It is lovely.

Linda said...

This is one of my favorite patterns. I love this but have never attempted it, yet....It is on my to do list, bucket list or whatever you want to call it list to do in the near future. I bought a pattern at the quilt show several years ago that was a cheater glorified nine patch pattern. You make 9 patches and turn them into circles. I'll send you the info if you're interested. I am going to do these pretty soon and I'll let you know what I think. Yours look good just the way they are. Hugs, Linda