At This Busy Time of Year....

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Monday, June 6, 2016

Nine in Fifteen or Nine Patch Blocks in Fifteen Minutes

Working my way through the Jelly Roll collection to make my nine-patch blocks.
 In a recent post, quilt-designer/maker extraordinaire, Pam Buda described her busy life and how she struggles to find just 15 minutes a day to sew! Singing my song Sister.  When I think about a professional quilter I think they have all the time in the world to plan and sew. Maybe in the ideal world that occurs but in reality they are like us.

Pam is one of the pro's who design and produce beautiful patterns and fabrics that echo my sensibilities. Her sense of tradition in quilting provides the direction that resonates with me. Here is the specific post that defines her idea. 
Opposing strata sewn, two white, one pattern and two pattern one white. Strips are 2 1/2 inches wide and width of fabric. 
After each strata sewn, they are cut into 2 1/2 inch sections then joined into a nine-patch. 

Surely I can find 15 minutes a day to work on my nine patches.  So in this loosely organized group we will challenge ourselves to find that 15 minutes, share our progress and hopefully develop a new habit that will serve our sewing souls.
Waiting for the dryer to finish a load of sheets I made 6 more strata strips, tomorrow, press and cut these...or more strips. 15 minutes a day. Surely I can find the time. Surely.

  • Pam is using her 1 1/2 inch scrap strips to make her nine patches.
  • I will be using 2 1/2 inch strips, I have quite a few, mine nine patch will finish at 6 1/2 inches.
  • Have you ever tried using Nancy Zieman's method of applying a tailors clapper to your seams after pressing back and front? Her blocks finish so precise and finished. I don't have a clapper, I need to consider that. 
  • Nancy makes a nine patch using her 'strata' method. 
  • Video for using a tailors clapper, here. 
  • Meet Pam Buda.

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