I like to put a dark block as the center with the knowledge it will be cut into quarters during the process. I think it gives a nice accent to the quilt top. We are using 6 – 1/2 inch patches made from UFOs, stash busting and donations from quilters. We are trying to make pretty quilts from the blocks. I think the biggest problem we are facing is the lack of contrast / coordinated background material. Some of the ladies are planning to buy some cream and / or black Kona fabrics to act as background fabric. I think another problem will be the lack of “masculine” fabrics ….. we have tons of pink and floral fabrics.
Basically, once you have made your nine patch block made you divide the block horizontally and vertically in half. I like to flip two of the patches catty corner then sew them back together. I have two of the small patches touching against the two large patches. To make attractive blocks I put light fabrics where they will get divided by the horizontal and vertical cuts. I use medium fabrics in the large patches that remain uncut. I think by being consistent with the value placement it helps the miscellaneous fabrics to work together. I plan to put the blocks into a light and dark alternating pattern.
I square up the blocks to 9 inches. I consistenly place the dark quartered patch to the left bottom measurement as it is a clean cut and will give you better, exact squaring up placement. I reassemble the block, then twist the opposite caddy corner block to assemble them and sew them back together.
I discovered this morning that I did not get some of my seams in opposition of each other. I flipped the seam in the wrong way with sewing the blocks together. I recently saw THE QUILT SHOW with Jo Morton and she showed clipping into the seams to get a flatter block. I figured if she can do it… I can do it to fix my mistakes. I also made sure to pin better with the blocks I made today. Just because this is for charity does not mean I can do sloppy work.