Island Chain - 6 - Nine-Patch Blocks May 23 2020

This session you will be making version 1 - 49 (version 2 - 29) nine-patch blocks.

You will need:

              - the 1½” x half WOF strips of background and island colours fabrics

              - a rotary cutter with a sharp blade

              - cutting mat

              - a ruler    

Since the 2 versions of the Island Chain quilt require differing number of nine-patch blocks, I will show the variations as Version 1 (Version 2). For example, in this session, you will be making 49 (29) nine-patch blocks.

 

1. Sew a background strip and an island colour strip together lengthwise.

2. Press towards the island colour strip.

3. Repeat 11 (7) more times for a total of 12 (8) units.

4. Sew a different coloured island strip to the opposite side of 8 (5) units made above.

5. Press towards the island colour strip.

6. Cross-cut into 98 (58) - 1½” x 3½” units. Set aside.

7. Sew a background strip to the opposite side of the remaining 4 (3) units made above.

8. Press towards the island colour strip.

9. Cross-cut into 49 (29) - 1½” x 3½” units.

10. Being careful to avoid using the same colours, join 2 units made in step #6 with1 unit from step #9.

11. Press seam allowances open.

12. Square to 3½”.

13. Repeat steps #10 and #12 and make 48 (28) more blocks for a total of 49 (29) nine-patch blocks.