In my May 2, 2013 blog post I showed some homespun plaid leftovers from my “Trip Around the World” project.
I decided to use the leftovers or quilt seeds as a springboard for a lap quilt. Sixteen Nine Patch blocks should make just the right size quilt to give to a veteran at our local Veterans Hospital which Tarheel Quilters Guild supports as a charity.
I cross-cut the strip-pieced panel in 3 1/2″ increments and un-sewed to make two-sies and three-sies. I made several more strip-sets and raided my container of 3 1/2″ squares. To make Nine Patches, I sewed three 3 1/2″ squares together for each of the 3 rows needed for each block. I mixed in tonals and prints with the homespun plaids.
Then I joined the 3 rows together to make Nine Patches.
When possible, I placed a light tan print square in the center since I planned for the “elbow” of sashing to also be a tan print.
The “elbow” strips were cut 2 1/2″ wide. For each block, I needed one 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ strip and one 2 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ strip. The inspiration for this Nine Patch quilt was from a recent blog post by Bonnie Hunter. After assembling all 16 blocks, I placed them on my design wall, twisting and turning so that the “elbows” did not abut.
Wow! that red square in the center sticks out like a sore thumb! I think I should perform a square-ectomy and insert a more subdued red. Can you find the block that is turned incorrectly? Design walls are invaluable!
Of course, there were some squares and tan strips left over. I could use them as starters for the next homespun project . . .
. . . but I think a better idea is to sow these remaining quilt seeds on the back of the quilt!
Sowing quilt seeds yielded a cozy lap quilt for charity.
And I think the square-ectomy was a success, don’t you?