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Design Wall Monday: Split 9-Patch


Linking up with JudyL to share my on-going project.  I am making 6″ blocks in a split 9-patch.  Bonnie Hunter suggested this block as a leader-ender project a while ago…maybe in 2013?!?  Since my stash is not as organized as hers, I need to cut my scraps to the appropriate size, which limits my variety a bit.  I have been trying to mix in those oddball “light” fabrics as well.  They stand out now, but I am hoping as I mix more in, they will blend better in the final quilt.  Man, those golds and yellows are hard to fit in!

I love the variety of layouts that you can make with a half-square-triangle.  Furrows:


And the ever-popular chevron…


I have about 50 blocks done, and I want 120 for a twin size quilt.  That may take a few more years at my turtle pace!


HSTeria Project

   Vicki is hosting a Quilt Along.  She dyes beautiful fabric and is offering prizes each week.  Pick any block that uses half square triangles (HST) and join the fun!

I am using Split Nine Patch blocks as a leader-ender project (more info at Bonnie’s blog), and there are three HSTs per block.  As an added bonus, the blocks form HSTs too! Here are the baskets with my squares.  The small one holds the 2.5″ squares. imageI use the two-at-a-time method to make HST, so I cut my squares at 2-7/8″, then sew 1/4″ from each side of a center diagonal, thencut on the line.  The bigger basket has those larger squares and the finished HST.

I usually lay out one block next to my machine and then I am ready to grab a piece when I get to a stopping point in my main project.imageHere is the finished Split Nine Patch block/larger HST: image These blocks can be arranged in many, many, many ways.  Vicki has been sharing different layouts.  Earlier in the year, I started with a single square, then rows of light and dark.  This morning I used alternating squares.imageI have 21 blocks that finish at 6″, so I figure I need about 120 blocks for a 10×12 layout.  That will end up at 60×72 without borders,  which will fit the QOV required dimensions.  I started pinning piles of blocks together in packets of 10.  It is fun to watch the pile grow!

New Year, New Projects

I do have a long list of UFOs or WIPs, or whatever you like to call them, but I can’t resist the lure of the next new thing.

Bonnie Hunter suggested this block last summer, the Split Nine Patch, as a leader-ender project.  Over Christmas vacation, I organized a scrap basket so that I am ready with my 2.5″ squares and 2-7/8″ squares (to make half square triangles two-at-a-time).imageHere are my first few scrappy blocks.  I can’t decide if yellow should be on the dark or light side!  Those squares are definitely eye-catching, but my theory is that they will blend once they are in a full size quilt.  You may notice a plethora of blue…my favorite color for sure!

Sophie over at Block Lotto decided on bold graphic designs for 2014.  She is even hosting a separate quilt-along with her patterns.  So, I made the grey and white version for the Lotto, and the red and blue for my 2014 QOV sampler.  Check out the details here for the Mod Mod QAL.


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