Today I am going to show you an option for backing your 9 patch Sampler.
You can purchase special backing fabric which is wide enough to cover the back of your quilt but you often find that you cant find anything suitable. Eventhough I had purchased some backing fabric, I decided it might be fun to show you a pieced back.
I decided that I would make one more 9 patch block using plain black and white. I cut 5 x black 21″ squares and 4 x white 21″ squares. They were a bit too large to photograph in total.
I plan to use this 9 patch to create a Disappearing 9 Patch Block.
The Disappearing 9 Patch Block is a very popular block as it is simple in construction but looks interesting and varied.
Normally you would make a Disappearing 9 patch block by making your 9 patch. You would then cut it vertically and horizontally through the centre like this:
Now because my black and white squares are so large, I’m going to cut them up before I make my 9 patch. My tapes show where I will be cutting:
So I now have 4 x black 21′ squares, 1 x black square cut into 4 x 10.5″ squares and 4 x white squares cut in half.
I will now sew each quarter by joining the small black square to a white and the large black square to the other white and then join them to form our quarter block. I will repeat that to complete all four quarters.
I now turn the quarters to choose a layout. Here they are all facing the same way:
and here the opposite large black squares are tuned towards the centre or corners. I will now join the 4 in this layout to complete the block and hence the backing.
My completed Disappearing 9 Patch Block all ready for a good press.
I am really pleased with my Disappearing 9 patch – I think it will make a great backing for my 9 patch sampler!
Until next time
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