I scheduled this post to appear on the 4th January while I was on leave but for some reason it didn’t appear. Not quite sure why, it just said “missed schedule”. Who know’s… anyway I hope you enjoy the post
This month I have started in a new bee – The Stash Bee Hive 8. I am the “Mama” of the hive, so January was my nominated month to have everyone make a block for me. I have to prepare a tutorial of my block for my bee to make me, so I thought I’d share that same tutorial here for those who are interested in making it also…
The block I am making today is called a Tonganoxie Nine Patch…
(a what now? I hear you ask. Yes it is called that strange name. I did not come up with the name. My inspiration came from a book I have called 501 Rotary Cutter blocks although I have pieced it differently to save time).
(oh my I just now noticed that I clipped the block on the hanger in a different orientation to which I laid out the fabric – SORRY – I hope that doesn’t confuse you too much when it comes to the fabric layout!!)
This block is a quick, easy sew because it uses strip piecing. It is 14 inches square “unfinished”. In other words when the blocks are sewn together it’s finished size will be 13.5 inches square.
I am planning to make a lap quilt for my recently renovated living room with these blocks, so I have chosen my favourite colour scheme in keeping with the colour scheme of our room…
To make this 14inch unfinished block in the same fashion as I piece you will need small pieces of 10 fabrics:
2 x low volume fabrics which read white
2 x light grey fabrics
2 x light aqua fabrics (or supplement for whatever colour you like)
2 x dark aqua fabrics (or supplement for whatever colour you like)
1 x dark grey fabric
1 x blue solid (or solid/print of your chosen colour)
Make sure it goes low volume, dark aqua, light aqua when you are piecing them…
By now you should have a finished 14inch block – YAY!!
At this stage I plan to sash my blocks with a low volume text print and set them on point, but when I receive them all from my bee members I reserve the right to change my mind completely 😉
I think this block would really lend itself to being made in a rainbow of colours and being sewn together into a rainbow quilt. Perhaps one day I will get the motivation to see that idea through to a finished project, but for now I’ll leave it with you as food for your thoughts.
I’ll be sure to show you my other blocks as they arrive.