You’ve probably all seen this done but in case you haven’t, let’s make two 9 patch blocks, a positive and a negative, using 2 charm squares, a light and a dark.
Lay a light charm right sides together with a dark charm and sew 1/4″ seams on opposite sides.
Cut 1-1/2″ from both sides, trim the middle section to 1-1/2″.
Press the seams to the darker fabric.
Sew the middle strips to the coordinating seamed unit and press the positive block to the outside and the negative block to the inside of the block.
Voila! Two 9 patch blocks!
Now look at this cute little table mat that Connie made from one charm pack.
I get so involved with the visual presentation that I just can’t quit. Here is that little picture on the table that I got at the thrift store for 50 cents – don’t you love it?
Several asked about the fly predators. Here’s the information- please mark it so I don’t have to keep finding it and posting it.
For those of you making the little Tulip wall quilt, I wanted to point you to one of my new favorite books – Text It! We love putting words on quilts and that’s what this book is all about – I wish I had gotten this book about 20 years ago because I’m always looking for alphabet stencils for a different look.
I’ve been asked to do a welcome quilt for a new business in town and can’t wait to put the message on the quilt in assorted styles – at least that’s my plan at this point in the planning.
And now a look at my most exciting new gift from a longtime Country Threads’ follower, Gayle L. From Kansas. She was shopping in Missouri at an antique mall when she found this very vintage pin cushion and bought it for me! In all my 40 years of collecting pin cushions I have NEVER seen one like this! Can you imagine how excited I was to get this? Over the top excited – thank you, Gayle – I will think of you every time I see her in the display cabinet.
Look at her little mouth opened in an “O” – there’s a tiny tape measure inside!
I allowed Jackie to be in the picture so you could see scale. After the photos I put little Gayle as I’ve named her in my display cabinet with my other treasured pincushions.
It’s been raining all day with a strong wind from the east and the temperatures keep dropping. It’s 44 degrees right now with a mention of light snow flakes in the air by morning. I brought my hanging baskets into the house and thanked God I hadn’t moved all the succulents outside yet.
The rest of this rainy afternoon is going to be spent making charm 9 patch blocks! I told you the first rainy day we’d start something new. Please mark these directions and photos in some way for future use until I figure out how to make categories for each post.