Batik Woven 9-Patch Variation
Tips & Hints
Here's the August block. Jan picked out this one. It's a 9-Patch Variation done in light and dark batiks. You will be making TWO blocks for August.
For your blocks you will need a light and a dark batik. Hand dyed looking fabrics are fine too. There should be a good contrast between your light and dark batik fabrics. No templates this month. This block is simple to rotary cut. Cutting instructions below are for both blocks.
Sew a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" light batik square to a dark batik square of the same size, with a scant 1/4" seam. Repeat. Press toward the dark batik. Join these two units, matching seams and having the light batik opposite the dark batik and vice versa. Press the seam open. Repeat for the second block. This is the 4-patch in the center of your block.
Sew a 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" light batik rectangle to a dark batik rectangle, long sides together. Press toward the dark batik rectangle. Repeat three times more for a total of four units. Sew the end of one of the previous units to each side of the 4-patch, matching the block graphic above. The light rectangles and dark squares should alternate, and vice versa. Press the seam on the left toward the center 4-patch and the other seam away from it. (This will create opposing seams when you join this to the top and bottom rows.) This is the middle row. Repeat for the second block.
Sew a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square to each side of the remaining rectangle units, alternating colors as in the block graphic above. Press seams toward the dark batik fabric. Join the previous units to the top and bottom of the middle row, matching seams. Press seams away from the middle row. Repeat for the second block.
Your blocks should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".
Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. Just be sure to label them in some way. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block. This is not optional.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for August. Blocks will be due to Patty by the last week of August. You must be current with your blocks to be in the drawing.