Monday, October 13, 2014

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - Part I

A progress report in pictures.
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

A new week and a new project, but that's not to say that I whipped up this quilt top in a day, or even two days! The traditional Nine Patch block is one of my favorite blocks ~ simple patchwork with endless possibilities. It is my recent foray into Checkerboard Quilts that has led me to create the dark/light layout of a checkerboard quilt with a simple Nine Patch Block. Different but the same.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I have made each nine-patch block with just two fabrics (a light fabric, and a dark/er fabric) and I have alternated the layout of the fabrics; one Nine Patch block has a dark center fabric and matching corner fabrics, and the next Nine Patch block has a light center fabric with matching corner fabrics, thereby creating  a checkerboard look when the blocks are alternated.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Like many of my quilts this one is all about the fabrics, the colors and the prints. I love each and every one of the fabrics used in this quilt top and hand picked fabrics for each block individually. I always try not to over think the choosing fabrics/colors process but do worry about the quilt being "too scrappy or too busy". It is often not till the end when I lay out and arrange the blocks that I see how it is all going to work (or not). Often I am pleasantly surprised. Scrappy is good.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

QUICK QUILT STATS:
Quilt top  measures 54 inches x 72 inches 
(12 rows of blocks x 9 columns of blocks)
108 Nine Patch Blocks 
Each finished nine-patch block measures 6 inches x 6 inches.
(each nine patch block is made up of 9 squares each measuring
2.5 inches x 2.5 inches including the seam allowances.)
Approximately 100 different fabrics.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Note also the use of purple! And the gingham.
Gingham fabric in all colors and sizes are still a stash favorite.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

More soon. Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
RPQ  Checkerboard Quilts
RPQ Nine Patch Quilts

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20 comments:

  1. Just lovely. I do so love checking out your quilts!! I like scrappy!

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  2. You always have a good eyes for mix and match the fabrics .. love it so much..

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  3. Love the purple in this one, Rita! It seems to give the quilt a softer, almost vintage feel!

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  4. You never cease to amaze me with your color combos! I want to be like you when I grow up!

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  5. I've been cutting 2" squares from my scraps with the intention of doing a postage stamp quilt. But now I think I might switch my plans a little and do this nine-patch pattern. Love it!

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  6. This is another fun fresh quilt. Love it

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  7. I do like the way you used so many well-loved fabrics in one quilt.

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  8. I always make 9 patches from my end of project fabric. I need to put them together. Just lovely.

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  9. Mmmmmmm love scrappy! Great fabrics in there.

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  10. Do you press your seams open when you do this type of quilt? I have contemplated this type of quilt using a bunch of mini charms that I have on hand and don't know how to plan so the the seams nest.

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  11. Your creations always make me smile! Thanks:)

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  12. I love this! The colors are soft. I can see the thinking on your part when choosing fabrics. It helps me too because I have had a difficult time starting with 2.5 squares and my 9-patches finishing at a 6 in block. I thought of starting with 3" but wondered if the center block would be larger. I'm going to try. Thank you. jlblvn at gmail dot com

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  13. Rosemary B here:
    Rita, this is marvelous. I love the fabric choices and the movement

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  14. Your quilts always make me smile! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. I agree, scrappy is wonderful, and so is this quilt:)

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  16. I love gingham, too. If I run out, it is always an excuse to go shopping. :D

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  17. Such a happy quilt top! And a wonderful selection of pretty fabrics, Rita. Looks like a fun project!

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