Virtual Challenge 2020 February

Playing with Pieces

The challenge this month is to draw some 9 Patch blocks.

So, New Project—Horizontal setting. Give it a name you will recognise!

Open a New Block—Create Easy Draw Block..

Set up the grid initially for 3 x 3 squares, and 9 inches square.. If you set the size for a multiple of 3 then the grid will match the measurements of the block. However, this is not the most commonly used grid to draft 9 patch blocks.

Keep in mind that the block design can be used at any size, regardless of the drafting size. Many 9 patch blocks are made 9, 12 or 18 inches square, but they can be made any size including 13.387 inches … difficult to rotary cut without using templates, but possible.

Draw the basic 9 patch block using the grid as a guide … which is the basic Nine Patch … add colour.

Now start adding lines to the corner squares.

You will possibly find that a lot of the 9P blocks you are familiar with will not fit the snap points, but just go with the flow. I have discovered a lot of new blocks with these snap points rather than the more common 18!

Now draw some lines in the centre of the sides.

Then add the corners to the new side pieces.

I give you permission to carry on playing … and don’t forget to keep saving.

You can also change the snap points to 12 and/or 18 to add to the playground.

When you have something to show after having fun, you can share your results in Virtual Quilt Challenges, a closed Face Book group for members only.

You will have to answer three questions so I can decide if you can join.

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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