Time to Quilt Block 9 is here

16 Apr

Fellow Quilters,

Do you like leftovers?  Hubby and I sometimes like them better than the original meal.  Lasagna, for instance, is so good as leftovers.  Last night I made a turkey pot pie with the leftover turkey from Sunday’s dinner.

Last night's dinner - turkey pot pie and chocolate brownies - yum!

Last night’s dinner – turkey pot pie and chocolate brownies – yum!

I make my own pastry – it’s quite easy.  The next time I make some I’ll show you my tricks and tools to make it almost foolproof.  Here’s an easy hack for the best pastry ever for savoury pies – put 3-4 tbsp of parmesan cheese in the flour before you add the shortening or butter.  It makes the pastry “short” – it crumbles in your mouth – and really tasty.  I made some chocolate brownies too, from a mix (I was too busy sewing blocks!).  It’s almost as good as homemade – at least Hubby says so.  What cooking or baking hacks do you have?  Which mixes are as good as homemade?

Shall we get to today’s block?  Time to Quilt Block 9 is another straightforward block similar to Blocks 1, 6 and 8 in that it has half-square triangle units and squares – that’s it!  And just like yesterday’s block I have no modifications to the original instructions posted on Northcott’s, Banyan’s and FIGO’s Facebook page other than the addition of the make-it-mini and super-size versions.  I do however have a handy marking tip for those half-square triangle squares:

Today’s tip:  My second favorite tool for quiltmaking (my favorite tool is of course my E-Z Miter tool for fast fool-proof mitered borders and lone stars 😊) is the Clover Hera marker for applique.

Clover Hera Marker for applique

Clover Hera Marker for applique

It is smaller than the regular Hera marker I often see when I teach.  I usually use this tool for finger-pressing my seams to one side before I press with an iron.  In fact I tend not to press with an iron until the block is finished – that’s how good a job the Hera marker does at finger-pressing.  You can see a short YouTube video of me using it for this purpose here.  I also use the pointy end as a stiletto when I am feeding the patches under the presser foot as I sew them.  The third use is one the tool was actually intended for, and that is scoring a line on the fabric.  Instead of drawing those diagonal lines on the A squares with a pen, I can use the Hera marker.

I use the Hera marker instead of a pen to score the diagonal line on my A squares.

I use the Hera marker instead of a pen to score the diagonal line on my A squares.

(I should have used the Hera marker instead of a pen when I drew the lines on the wrong squares while making Block 5 ☹.)  It works particularly well on busy fabrics where a line is hard to see.

The scored line shows up well on busy fabrics

The scored line shows up well on busy fabrics

The regular Hera marker works just as well – press just hard enough to see the line, not hard enough to cut the fabric.  Some of the regular ones have a very sharp edge.

I wasn’t paying attention to my Midsommar quilt layout photo and forgot to replace some of my fabric with background gray, so I had some “frogging” to do – RIP-IT, RIP-IT.

Extra pieces cut and sewn in error

Extra pieces cut and sewn in error

Before I knew it the blocks were done!

Block 9 is done!

Block 9 is done!

You can find my instructions for Block 9 here.

Northcott has used a pretty dogwood floral from The Joys of Spring for their block today, while Banyan has used Jungle Rose.  The 2 quilts look so different even though the layout is the same!  Pop on over to Daphne’s blog to see 2 other layout options for quilts made with Block 9 and to see what’s on her design wall.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow 😊

Patti

 

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