Nine Patch Shuffle

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At the January meeting of the Morgan County Schoolhouse Quilter’s Guild, Dale Drake presented a program on creative ways to use a nine patch.  The first known dated nine patch quilt block was in the early 1800s. It was easy to make with a few scraps.  Dale showed us how, with a few cuts and turns, the nine patch can be very versatile.  Start with nine squares of any size. Sew them together, three rows down and three across.  A suggestion would be to make the middle square a strong focus fabric for dramatic results.

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Cut the one big square in half horizontally and then vertically. Now you have four squares.

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Now, twist them and turn them to make different designs.

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Here is an example of a quilt using this method.  Below are some more nine patch ideas.

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Dale then showed the audience another method that resulted in this stunning butterfly quilt.

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For this method, use the four squares that resulted from the horizontal and vertical cuts. Take each square and add a different fabric square to the back with the right sides together and make two half square triangles. ( HST)  If you are unfamiliar on how to make HST this should help, About.com

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Now let’s rearrange them.

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Here is another example of this method in a quilt created by Dale’s talented daughter, Andrea.

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It is stunning. Notice how she used warm colors on the left and cool hues on the right.