Monday, December 9, 2013

Tutorial - the disappearing 9-patch!

As we began packing the contents of this house for our move next week, I took a little time to make myself a pretty table runner as a 'welcome' gift to our new home.
I can't wait to display it, hopefully with a vase of pretty pink or yellow roses in the centre.
 There is nothing like fresh bread, fresh coffee, and freshly cut roses to say 'welcome' in my heart.

Continuing with the plan to give my stash it's Moment To Shine, I uncovered 30 remaining 5" squares from a Tanya Whelan charm pack that was gifted to me a couple of years ago. The colours and rose design are so *me* that I've been hoarding them away for a special project - and you know, those are the projects I rarely have time to do for myself. Are you like that too??

A block I've used in the past that is super easy to piece, and perfect for leftover charm squares, layer cakes, or pre-cut squares in uniform size, is the Disappearing 9-Patch.
Last week I made these blocks again with my Tanya Whelan leftover charms. It only took a morning to piece, quilt, and make the binding!

You will need 9 squares of fabric, cut exactly the same size. I divided my charm square pack into pink/red, greens and blues...



The centre square gets split in four, so choose a dominant colour and small print. I've used the blue, red and green pindot squares for my centres.

Sew the nine squares together to make a basic 9-patch block...


Now carefully cut the 9-patch block into four equal squares...


This is where the fun comes in!
After you have made a number of 9-patch blocks and cut them into four squares...


...it's time to rearrange them.
Play around with the blocks until you like what you see - this could be randomly placed, or into a pattern.


I eventually chose to mix my colours and make little 'butterfly bows' across the centre using the small pindot squares...


When I finally had the look I liked, I sandwiched the table runner, quilted it, and made a binding strip from a scrap of pink and white spot fabric (a slightly different pink to the charm squares, but it still worked well, and I used more of my stash!)...


Yesterday afternoon I sewed down the binding, and now I have a lovely new table runner to lay across our dining table after we move house next week! \o/



This would be a simple Christmas gift for you to make, especially if you have some charm square packs collecting dust. 




Today I'm taking time out from packing to meet with my three 'bestie' sewing group friends!
It's our Christmas break up lunch in the Palmetum Tea Rooms here in Townsville, and I have gifts all ready and wrapped...


We'll have morning tea, do some stitching, and then finish the day with a nice long lunch.
After a year of taking turns to cook for each other and host our sewing days, we'll let someone else spoil us with yummy treats.
I think its going to be a lovely day!

hugs and blessings,
Jenny

27 comments:

Maria said...

Thank you Jenny for the Tutorial. I always forget how the DP9 patch goes...
Have a fabulous day with your "Besties".
Merry Christmas to you all. Hugz Maria

Rhonda Cafe said...

Thankyou for taking the time to do this wonderful tutorial during such a busy time for you. Good luck with the move Jenny, hope it all goes smoothly. Enjoy your Christmas breakup with the girls - picked a lovely place for it. I bet they are overjoyed you are staying close by. Wishing you happy days xx

Christine M said...

Your table runner is so pretty, Jenny. Have a lovely time today.

KAYLEE said...

I love the disappearing 9 patch, I have made 2 single bed quilts for deployed Aussie Hero's using this method, it looks great and a no brainer.... Have a wonderful lunch with your crafty buddies Jenny

Lorrie said...

A beautiful table runner. The disappearing 9-patch is lovely.

Лилия said...

Великолепно!!!

Anonymous said...

Your table runner is so pretty, Jenny. What a lovely welcome it will be in your new home. I wish you and the family well with the move next week and thank you for taking the time to share.
Hugs, Sue xx

margaret said...

best of luck with your move Jennie, hope you will be straight in time for Christmas. Disappearing nine patch is one of my favourite blocks and your table runner is delightful

Shami Immanuel said...

beautiful table runner jennie.

Lida said...

Hope you have a wonderful and fun day with your friends and wish you strenght with the move and all that has to be done! Hope you may hang things in your new house! Hugs
Lida

Lida said...

P.S. I forgot! Love the runner!
Lida

Tammy said...

Gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial. My old brain certainly needs it.

Annerose said...

Schön dein Läufer, eine gute Idee. Vielen Dank für die Anleitung und viel Spaß bei deiner Nähgruppe.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Diane said...

Blessings to you and your family as you move to a new home.
The table runner is very pretty and I hope to make one using your tutorial as a guide.
Thank you again for mentioning the Bible study on James several weeks ago. I am enjoying it very much and I am also following the Advent study as well.

Lin said...

Love your table runner Jenny - the fabrics are gogeous. Good luck with the move - but having read a few of your recent blogs I suspect you have it down to a fine art after all your moves in the past!

Joan said...

Love the table runner! Thank you for sharing. Have a great time with your friends and I hope your move goes smoothly.

Carolyn Sullivan said...

Thanks I have wondered exactly how that was done!

desertskyquilts said...

I had forgotten how easy that is. I think that's what I'll do for the table runner I need to make before Christmas. Thanks - it won't be as pretty and soft as yours, though!

Theresa said...

I have always liked the dp9p but had not thought of making a table runner Theresa \o/

Edi said...

Thank yoiu for this wonderful tutorial. I've seen this on Pinterest a lot and couldn't figure out what it meant. With your tutorial, it now all makes so much sense. Can't wait to play. :)

Joyce Carter said...

Beautiful, Jenny! I hope everything goes well with your move and you get to use all your beautiful things in your new house. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

kathy said...

thanks Jenny I keep forgetting how easy this pattern is, so thanks for the reminder and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Carla said...

I keep forgetting myself about this block. Thanks for the tutorial. Helps a lot.

Lynne Tilley said...

Jenny, I just discovered your blog and I'm SMITTEN! I got here from Hawthorne Threads and the Tanya Whelan fabrics. I can't wait to dive in and see what I've been missing. A new fan......

Sondra said...

Love this! Thank you.

beefi8 said...

I love this pattern idea! Thank you!!!

Dawn said...

Gorgeous Runner Jenny, Hope your day was delightful. Moving again...phew, never a dull moment.
Hugs Dawn x x