9-Patch Blocks

During the weekend reorganization, I came across these little 9-patch blocks that I had made quite a while ago.  I think I’ll keep making them, bit by bit, and eventually put them into a small lap quilt for us.  They’re made with 1″ squares, so each 9-patch block finishes at 3″.  They were all printed with Inklingo as I hand piece them.  Picking up 9 little squares to turn into a 9-patch block is sort of like quilter’s popcorn, a quick stitch and fun to do.  I have two boxes full of the squares to make these, although I think some of them are destined for a postage stamp quilt.

It seems there’s no real solution to the magazine dilemma.  While I have no problem tearing patterns out of some magazines, the Australian magazines are so full of great articles and pictures that I cannot bring myself to do that.  I’m glad I haven’t, as I’ve often found when going through the magazines again that I find a picture or pattern I didn’t give a second glance is now something I really like.  While I rarely ever follow a pattern, preferring to add my own touches, I do get a lot of inspiration from looking through the magazines.  So I’m still floundering about just what to do with the magazines.  The quilting books are a whole other issue!  I know I have quite a few that I’ll likely never use, so am going to cull those over the next while.  There are some that, just like the quilting magazines, I know I’ll keep because they are beautiful books to look through.

Both kitties had windowsill time Monday afternoon.  Lester was playing.

While Smudge was posing.

12 thoughts on “9-Patch Blocks

  1. Isn’t it nice to find something that we would love to continue to work on. Nine patches are classic too. I hope that you will find a solution for your magazine dilemma. At worst, you will just have to keep them all!

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  2. Sweet Lester and Smudge, tell mommy she is insane to be hand piecing 3″ ninepatches! LOL! Just kidding Cathi, I did a miniature last year using 2″ blocks! Your blocks look so English cottage…sweet!

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  3. I have a lot of magazines that I don’t want to tear pages out of either. I usually put a bookmark in by a quilt I like and when I go back something different in the magazine catches my eye.

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  4. Oooo pretty 9 patches….makes me wish I had gone scrappy with the background, but I just don’t have enough lights :0)

    Crispy

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  5. Sigh. the magazines et al are a dilemma. I just moved, and I threw out a ton of magazines- no one wanted to buy them and they couldn’t go with us. We downsized by a LOT. I’m mulling buying some of the mags I liked on CD, but haven’t jumped off that ledge yet. Technology changes so fast- I threw out a ton of files in formats I couldn’t read any more, too. I was fortunate to find a local used bookstore that catered to the crafts and I actually made good money on my craft books, including my quilt books. It was a lot easier than trying to list them myself on e-bay.

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  6. These blocks are darling, Cathi.

    My quilting teacher Barbara uses this little plastic contraption that allows you to slip a book through its slit, and then on one side of this thing are three holes for you to put in a three-ring binder. It’s pretty nifty.

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  7. I went back to look at a few older posts I missed, since I’ve been in a fog lately… Your posts are always so wonderful. Your photos so clear. I look forward to them so and read each one, even though I may not comment. Thank you for taking the time to keep up your blog. I think a LOT more folks read it than comment~it’s enjoyed by MANY.
    Lester is so lion like! Look how he’s using his leg. I don’t know, something majestic about this kitty. Smudge is simply beautiful.

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