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Janet of Stitchin' Heaven Quilt Shop joins Deb Luttrell to demonstrate making a quilt using the Miniature Nine Patch method.

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Nine-Patch Gatherings

Lisa and Carol have really done a wonderful book that has 14 fabulous little quilts. When you see how small the nine patches in some of them it will make your head spin....how did they get them so perfect? Well rest assured they have a better technique to make them and they always have wonderful tips and tricks to help you make these quilts. There are 24 full colored pages to inspire you. Best of all they are made with charm packs. So get your book and start planning your first one to do.



Video Transcript

- Hey, everybody. It's Deb Luttrell with Stitchin' Heaven and I'm here with my good friend, Janet. Janet works in the store and is just a phenomenal quilter. Janet's forte is some more reproduction, real homey-type projects. She's not much of a boutique girl.

- Not much.

- She's the one that you can thank for your us having the wonderful fabric lines in the store that we have like Jo Morton and Paula Barnes and Pam Bono and that whole genre. Janet is the one who pushes me, okay, we're out of shirtings, we need some more. And so I depend on her for us to have those for you. I was talking to her the other day, she's had this little display set up on the cutting table. I was up chit chatting and I turned and looked at the display, which is these little quilts you see here behind us. And I said, Janet, Janet, how do you do this? I mean, to do something this small is just crazy. So she explained to me that it is the method. She talked me through it and it was so intriguing that I wanted to have her talk you through it. You're gonna love this. I'm gonna turn this over to Janet and you tell us about it, tell us what you know.

- All right, so this is a method in order to make a nine patch, basic unit in quilting. This did come out of this pattern book which has the method. Sorry, out of the screen. And we will actually open to the page that says The Method. Because it is a pattern book, it's gonna give you two sizes, but what I'm gonna show you at the end, it's actually universal for any size that you wanna do. So, we're gonna walk you through. This is a great no-waste method. You start with two squares and you end up with a positive and a negative and absolutely no waste, no waste. So that's what we're gonna start with, the larger of the two sizes. So if you're gonna work with small pieces, it's actually advantageous to starch them. The heavier starched they are, the more they stay together, the more they don't shift under your presser foot. So, put your light and dark together, heavily starch it. If you iron them together to dry it, they will kind of adhere. Trim this is 4 1/2. You can see I've got a 1/4 seam on either side. So here's my 4 1/2 inch square, my 1/4 inch on either side. So I'll do it this way. Now, we're gonna cut it 1 1/2 inches. So here's my sown piece and my sown piece and my two loose ones that were in the middle, 1 1/2. Then we're gonna press to the dark, and do our color combination here, light/dark.

- [Deb] Oh, okay. So I take this center one.

- [Janet] And you're going to add it to this one.

- [Deb] The dark one over here and the light one over here.

- [Janet] 'Cause you gotta do light/dark for nine patches. So we'll sew those together.

- [Deb] Sew those together.

- [Janet] And then you go back and you put them right sides together, and because you've pressed to the dark, they're gonna nest. They're nesting so they'll stay in position, which is great. Then again, sew 1/4 inch, sew our 1/4 inch, cut it 1 1/2, cut it 1 1/2 which was the same measurements you used over here.

- [Deb] Which is what we've done here.

- [Janet] Done there. And then again, you've got your two sown and your two loose. Then again, you put 'em into those combinations of light and dark and there you go, you sew them together. They sew together so nicely, I don't even trim the big ones at all.

- [Deb] Oh, really?

- [Janet] Not at all. So when you go into the small ones, these actually finish at 1 1/2 inches.

- [Deb] Oh, my gosh.

- [Janet] Crazy small. Again, you would start at three inches and you would cut at one. And you're never working with small pieces, you're always working with something larger. And if you've starched it, they'll stay in your presser foot really smoothly and not do a lot of shifting. So it's a great way to do something that looks extremely difficult, but it's really not.

- Do you like starch, do you like Magic Sizing, or do you like Best Press?

- Like all three. For this one, because you do wanna do something pretty heavy, Sizing works really well.

- Okay, Magic Sizing?

- Magic Sizing works really well.

- Now, this one right here that we started with is 4 1/2 inch square. We end up with what size nine patch finished?

- [Janet] Your nine patch will be a finished three inches.

- [Deb] Finished three inches.

- [Janet] So that's one right there, that's--

- Is there a chart... Which is, this one?

- That one is where I've used the larger ones.

- We'll have a little quilt show here.

- So that works out really simply. You don't always need a positive and a negative, but because it's a basic unit, it just kinda goes in my little stash and then I need to nine patch, I'll just pull out--

- So you just put it in your stash.

- Great book. All of what you see back here is within this book.

- Is there a chart in here that tells me what size square to start with?

- Yes, it does right over here. It's gonna tell me right up there whether you're using the three-inch or whether you're using the 1 1/2 inch, so there's a variety. This one is right up here, it uses wool in-between.

- [Deb] Look at this. And so you never really handle anything real small here.

- Never again.

- To do this. Okay, but you're gonna handle teeny tiny little pieces for this, right?

- In order to do that, we are going to use a paper piecing. So Star Singles are good and they have 'em in these sizes. You just paper piece 'em. They're extremely accurate, extremely perfect and you don't have to trim 'em.

- Oh, so you don't have to.

- We have those in the store as well, Star Singles.

- 'Cause I see some little teeny tiny pieces here. So these are really not little teen tiny pieces.

- Yeah, 'cause you're working with strips about yea big.

- Wow.

- You really are never working with teeny tiny, though your end product let's you see that.

- Okay, this is the book.

- But remember I said it's also universal. So, in other words, this is a pattern book and it is gonna give us some beautiful patterns with the 1 1/2 and a three-inch finished size, but let's say your pattern said cut two-inch squares. It's a basic measurement, two inches. Well, two inches plus two inches, plus two inches would be six inches, six-stitch square, you would start with your six inch and you would cut it at two, so you can see you can use it for anything.

- Okay, that makes sense. You just have to think about it a little bit. And the other thing you have to think about is to be aware that you're gonna have a positive and a negative nine patch. So it could be that you have a project that you need all positives. The rest of 'em are gonna go in your scrap. Or maybe you can work 'em into a border, something like that. Okay, well this is the book that you need that has the method in it. It's Nine-Patch Gatherings. We'll put a link for the book with the video after that you can go get that. If you have any questions, just leave a comment or send us an email. Janet's in the store.

- Call me at the store.

- Most every day you can call at the store. So, thank you for this really good lesson. You guys, I hope you've enjoyed this lesson as much as we've enjoyed giving it to you. I'm Deb Luttrell and this is Janet. Both of us are from Stitchin' Heaven. We'll see ya later.