Where was my brain? It said to use 7 inch squares. (Think about it!) The nine patch when sewn is 21 inches square - and you are going to cut it so you lose 1/2 inch either direction. It will be a 20 inch square - not a ten inch square. But, but, it was on the internet on a quilting site. I just took it at face value. So now I have lots of 7 inch pieces of my fabrics. I could cut them into 3 1/2 inch squares...but NO!!!! that makes a 9 1/2 inch disappearing nine patch.
How did I figure it out? After cutting all the pieces on Saturday, Sunday afternoon, I decided to make one with the fabrics I had cut. Before I had the nine patch sewn, reality had smacked my upside the head. OUCH! But now I was curious - what did she mean??? So, I trudged on. After I subcut the 9-patch, I saw the light. Each quarter was a 10 inch square.
We were discussing a different unit! I think of a disappearing nine patch block as the 9-patch cut and reassembled. She thinks each quarter is a block. I took some other fabric and made one from 4 inch squares (it makes a 10.5" block) but I trimmed it down to 10- inches.
|Giant block on left - what I wanted on right|
The best laid plans can fail without the reality check. Whatever happens, this will be an interesting quilt because I am going to run with it and see what happens.
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