Colorful Abandon Scrambled 9-Patch
Becky McClure provides instructions for a Scrambled 9-Patch.
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Materials and Tools:
1-1/2 yards each of 3 colors, one light, one dark, one that catches your fancy for block body
1-1/2 yards each of two fabrics of the same color family for sashing and block borders
1/4 yard of 2 accent fabrics – choose something fun
2 yards fabric for sashing and border
1. For each finished block of the dark, the light, and the catch-your-fancy color, cut two wedge-shaped strips the width of the fabric, a minimum of at least one inch wide at one end and a maximum of 2-1/2 inches at the other.
Cut open the fold, creating 12 strips. Sew strips together (figure B) and press the direction the fabric wants to go.
2. Out of this stripped fabric, cut 4-inch strips on a 45-degree diagonal (figure C) to the stripe. Sub-cut into four-inch squares.
Mix up the squares (figure E) and sew together on point in rows. Offset rows when sewing to create more interest. Press the block and set aside.
3. Of the two fabrics of the same color family, cut two wedge-shaped strips per block as before. Sew the two strips together and press for sashing and borders.
4. In the block, make two vertical cuts, and set in the vertical sashing (figure I).
Then, make two horizontal cuts and set in the horizontal sashing (figure J). Square up block to 12-1/2" x 14-1/2".
Cut accent fabrics one-inch wide and place as a border on 1, 2, 3 or 4 sides of the block (figure L), as you wish. Use the remaining sashing to frame the 9-patch block. Square up to 18" x 20-1/2". Repeat to make nine blocks.
5. Cut sashing/border fabric 2 inches wide and sash the blocks; cut the remaining sashing/border fabric into 2-1/2-inch strips for the final border.
6. Quilt and bind.
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