This is the second year I’ve run a 6-week evening quilting class. Over the 6 weeks participants will start and finish a quilt which is a such an amazing achievement. Depending on how big a quilt they chose to make, and how quickly they sew during the classes, they often do a bit of sewing at home as well between sessions just to keep on track. This is a really great way to build confidence though and to feel happy sewing on your own at home. This year they tacked a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt design (you can see last year’s Wonky Log Cabin Quilts here). You can see the two class samples I made here: Home Is Where The Heart Is Quilt and Tilda Sweetheart Nine Patch Quilt.
All the quilts were quilted with straight lines running diagonally through the nine patch blocks. A disappearing nine patch quilt is really a lot easier to sew than it looks, and there are so many ways you can style it based on whether you do a totally random layout or whether you carefully place your fabrics. You can take a look at my Nine Patch Pinterest board for more inspiration.
Stash Busting Nine Patch Quilt
Angela made a stunner of a quilt using fat quarters from her stash. She’s been an avid quilter for a number of years and picked up a lot of fabric when she was in a quilting group in Australia. It was amazing to see how all the different prints and colours pulled together in the final design. She ended up with a double bed sized quilt that we pin basted on the floor.
Bunny Tales Nine Patch Quilt
Hazel decided to make a baby quilt using Bunny Tales fabric. The soft colours of this range of fabric created a really subtle quilt design which will be perfect as a new baby gift.
Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Nine Patch Quilt v1
Tammy’s quilt shows how you can sew a disappearing nine patch with a structured layout. Using the same fabric for the background tiles and the smaller squares creates a really pretty and coherent layout. She went for a wider width binding which really helps to frame the quilt.
Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Nine Patch Quilt v2
Margaret made this gorgeous quilt for her grand-daughter. The fabrics are the same as in Tammy’s quilt, but the layout is slightly different. This was Margaret’s first attempt at a quilt and she did a fantastic job. She went on to sew some matching curtains for her grand-daughters bedroom as well!
Memory Nine Patch Quilt
Anna loves to re-use precious fabrics from beloved garments and incorporate fabric from her travels. For this quilt she used fabrics from Laura Ashley dresses her and her sister had as children, stripe shirting from her husband’s old shirts and fabric gifted to her. Her biggest job of the process was cutting up the clothes into the necessary squares and making sure that everything stayed on-grain. The quilt is backed with a beautifully bright berry print cotton lawn that really complemented the colours in the front.
Tilda Nine Patch Quilt
I’ll be running new 6-week evening classes through the Autumn/Winter if you’d like to come along and make a quilt. Follow the shop on Facebook and sign up to our newsletter to be notified of new workshop dates.