Monday, July 04, 2016
hand pieced nine patch
Begin your sewing 1/4 inch in from the edge with the knot on top of your work.
Take a back stitch there to have a firm beginning.
For added strength, use Jude Hill's rhythm. She begins each running gesture with a back stitch.
The rhythm is: back, running, running. back running running.
Then sew three lines of three patches together (nine patches).
This is the nine patch.
FLOAT the seams. Don't sew them down like you do with a sewing machine.
Instead, feel the sewn edge with your fingers, line it up, and make a back stitch really close to that seam's ridge on the side you've just finished stitching together.
Make another back stitch on the new side.
End with a double back stitch when you get to the seam.
The nine patch is a traditional quilt block.
Three rows of three nine-patches = a double nine patch.
It's possible to create a very large fabric using the nine patch as a building block.
When completed, it will measure 90" x 90".
I keep the patches to sew it in a zip lock in my purse.
I've been working on it for over two years.
I am not in a rush.
Stop thinking so much and feel it.