Wednesday, June 03, 2020

June Mini Madness Block Three - Uneven Nine Patch

I'm going to start off today's post by answering a question I received about squaring up our blocks.  First of all I want to make sure you all know that a block that finishes at 3 inches will square up to an unfinished size of 3 1/2 inches.  Same for the larger blocks.  Finished size will be 6 inches, but until you sew it into your quilt it will measure at the unfinished size of 6 1/2 inches because you have the 1/4 inch seam allowances around the edges. 

If you want to square up your blocks as you go, that is a great idea because if you have a block that is too small or too large you can correct it right then.  For these smaller blocks you really want to concentrate on getting that accuracy down, so it's helpful to see how you are doing as you progress through the different piecing skills.  Just make sure you are using the unfinished measurements of 3 1/2 and 6 1/2 so they are the correct sizes!  Now on to today's block - the Uneven Nine Patch:
For this block you will need to choose one color.  Cut one 2 inch square and four 1 1/4 inch squares from this and four 1 1/4 x 2 inch rectangles from your background fabric for the 3 inch finished size.
For the 6 inch finished size, you will need a 3 1/2 inch square plus four 2 inch squares of your chosen color plus four background pieces cut as 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles.
 These are sewn together in exactly the same manner as the regular nine patch blocks.  Sew your first two pieces in each row together, then sew the columns together.
 Press seams toward the dark pieces in your rows, then toward the outer rows.
And there you have block 3! 

Happy sewing!


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