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Friday, October 27, 2017

Charm Squares and BLOTTO for November



 Updated:   ... 11 members 
signed up for charm square exchange.... 11-23-2017

Theme:  Christmas fabrics

Charm size = 6-1/2 inches of quilt shop quality fabric. 

* *  *  We ask for quilt shop quality fabric because long time quilters have  noted that quilts with mixed fabrics do not hold up as well.  Textures, weight, color and griege goods do not work well with each other if we mix sources.  You can pull from your stash if you are sure it is quilt shop quality.  So when we share we for charm exchange we ask for quilt shop quality fabric.  * *  *

Each Charm should be of a different fabric... this makes the exchange fun. 

Please put your name on your charms to make it easier to sort through them and make sure every one gets a different set. 

The exact number of charm sets needed will be posted later this week... so far we have 7.   


BLOTTO ... Disappearing Nine Patch .... 

One block will qualify you for one chance... maximum of three chances per blotto drawing.

Color theme:  Autumn fabrics ... great way to use the fabric from October Charm Square Exchange.

EIGHT (8) AUTUMN FABRICS ... rust, orange, autumn prints, green, gold, brown .... etc.

CENTER patch :   One (1) black fabric for the center of the nine patch block.

NINE PATCH equals 18-1/2 inches after patches sewn together


 Using 6-1/2 inch patches make a NINE PATCH BLOCK.  The center block should read black.  It can have a small print or be mottled  but it should read as black.   The block will be 18-1/2 inches in size ( unfinished)  once sewn together.   Some of your blacks from the earlier Black and White Charm exchange could be used for the center square.                                                                          .  
Dissect the NINE PATCH horizontally and vertically thru the center   ..

Slice thru the Nine Patch block vertically and horizontally thru the center of the block.

Turn the block so two large uncut patches are in the center diagonally, opposite one another.  The small  two black patches should  be opposite each other also and meet in the center.      ( See pictures.)  Sew together.

There are many ways to set the Disappearing Nine Patch blocks but Lillian has selected this setting to result in a pleasing, cohesive quilt top.

UNFINISHED block measures 18 inches . . .

Finished block should measure 18 inches in size (un-finished. ) 

In the center are the two large blocks and the two black blocks
A quilt using 5 block by 5 block layout will be approximately 85 inches by 85 inches ...

 List of Links for Disappearing Nine Patch tutorials:

Be advised that the layout of the cut patches may be different then the ones selected for BLOTTO.   Keep two large blocks and two of the black blocks to the center as pictured.


 YOU TUBE: Disappearing Nine Patch with Angela Pingle

18 Disappearing Nine Patch Patterns 

 Disappearing Nine Patch 

YOU TUBE with Leah Day : Disappearing Nine Patch - different layouts

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For this BLOTTO the parts of the same block should be used to make the blotto blocks.  When making your own quilt you might want to consider scrambling the dissected quadrants of the nine patches .... that is a design decision.  


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