Nothing like simple traditional patterns. They evoke memories in us all. The 9 patch often gets relegated to a fill-in block or maybe a good block for a border. I have been very guilty of that type of thinking. You can't live "Be Legendary" by thinking/playing in the same old mode. This 9-patch wants to shine.
After Shelia at Quilting in South Carolina did a program on 9 patch quilts at guild a few months ago, I pulled out my over flowing file of 9 patch quilts. I have saved pages from years of magazines. I want a simple layout. That part is easy, as my favorite is on point. I have floral prints...lol...and a small bolt of white. So that is decided on.
Lots of strips became my leaders/enders while I was piecing some flying geese. Or was it the other way around. Either way, I ended up with lots of 9 patch blocks and enough flying geese for a donation quilt.
I am planning applique for some of the plain setting squares. Or I think I am.....I am going to get a few done and see if it is what I want. I am not sure if the applique blocks will fill in the center or just along the outer edge. I am making a few to see what I think. If they are not used here. then the applique blocks will be a start for something else.
This is my selected project to start 2017. And this is my simple formula for leaders and enders production, a la the scrap queen, Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.
Recipe: Will yield 2 "9 patch" blocks
2'' strips of white
2'' strips of floral prints
For the prints (P): Cut one length at 4 1/2'' and two lengths at 8 1/2''.
From the white (W): Cut two lengths at 4 1/2'' and one length at 8 1/2''.
Sew strip units....4 1/2'' W-P-W and the 8 1/2'' P-W-P. Press seams to print.
Sub-cut----each unit is sub-cut at 2''.
Then assembly 9 patch. Block is 5 1/2'' unfinished.
To finish off December I have two small quilts that are in the binding stage, and a couple that need to be pinned.....backing and batting to be cut. I will start the new year with finishes for sure! I am priming up for the new year. Happy stitching.