I spent the end of last week and most of the weekend making tiny little 9 patch blocks. The 9 patches measure 3 1/2", and are used to construct a larger 9 inch block that contains either 4 or five of them. When the larger blocks are combined, they will form a simple Irish Chain type design as shown above. It is a simple old fashioned block, and I am using 1800s reproduction fabrics in blues and browns.
These two blocks are alternated throughout the quilt top to form the chain design. I need 41 blocks with the 5 nine patches in each, and 40 blocks with 4 nine patches in each. 81 large blocks, 365 small nine patch blocks. I will let that sink in a moment.
Here are 200 of them. I have another 100 or so in various stages of completion, and about 60 or 70 more to make. The Double 9 Patch sew along is hosted by The Quilted Moose and is a year long program. I am not dragging it out all that long.
I am doing strip piecing, and have been happily switching off between sewing the strips, ironing the strips, sewing the nine patch blocks and ironing the nine patch blocks. Kind of mindless, Zen sewing. This weekend Craftsy was offering unlimited viewing of any of their instructional videos, so that factored into my sewing plan as well.
Do you all know about Craftsy.com? I thought it was all about sewing and knitting and textile type crafts, but I was wrong. They have all sorts of things you can learn! I spent hours watching quilting, machine appliqué, baking instruction, pasta sauce making, gardening in small containers...The list goes on and on. There were so many subjects to choose from. What a fun opportunity to see what they have to offer. Hope they do it again some time, because the classes are a bit pricey. I have purchased some of their classes in the past, such as Jacqui Gehring's Machine Quilting and it was totally worth it. What a treat to have access to their inventory of classes for free for the weekend.
Did anyone else out there watch any of their classes while they were free? Or have you purchased from them ever? What did you enjoy?