9 patch for beginners.

I’ve been ooohing and aaaahing over Knitted Bears gorgeous quilts for quite a few months and have always been very pleased when she updates with a new quilt or patchwork dog. It reminded me when I used to sew when the boys were young, making either something to sell for the school Christmas fair, or waistcoats or jazzy summer shorts.

And that is as far as it had gone.

Until very recently, when I was in my LYS who does a fabulous array of materials for clothing, ranging from materials for winter coats to gorgeous silk skirts and where I spotted some fat quarters. Well they called to me, they did, in a very loud voice. Some might say that you could even see them waving. And I felt sad, because I didn’t know how to play with them.

And as with all things and my addictive personality, once inside my head the thoughts of these fat quarters wouldn’t leave me alone and just as this was happening to me, Knitted Bear started to talk about her next gorgeous quilt.

It was just too much to bear. (no pun intended!)

And so I booked myself onto the next available course that was suitable for me at Quilter’s Den, “9 patch for beginners”.

I chose my materials from there, I think they are gorgeous and they remind me of autumn, allotments, fires, the smell of wood smoke and leaves composting.

1st 9 patch, not too bad for a 1st attempt.

2nd 9 patch, I loved making the triangles.

3rd 9 patch, I wasn’t too impressed with this patch, it seemed a lot of work for very little effect. (and its a bit shabby I think)

4th 9 patch. I love, love, love the pattern on this patch. We had one hour to go and were just working from a photograph, I really wanted to finish my patches so I worked as fast as I could. Amazingly even though I could see tiny errors appearing as I worked, this patch seems the most accurate of them all.

All four together, don’t they look fab.

I’m going to make them into a cushion cover just as soon as –

I manage to purchase a 1/4” foot for my sewing machine.
I learn how to make a cushion cover
I learn how to make binding.
I learn how to quilt.

Its all doable. 🙂

2 thoughts on “9 patch for beginners.

  1. Carie says:

    All of your patches look wonderful – and you're right, I love the colours. I don't actually use my 1/4 inch foot – I just set my needle so that if I line up the edge with the edge of my ordinary foot it sews a 1/4 inch seam.


  2. amelia says:

    How do you do it all???? I'm in awe!I would love to quilt and crochet but I barely find time to do all the knitting I want to do!! It's just the two of us and our four dogs but I just can't seem to get to do anything else!!and your allotment…


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