My First Attempt


It is never too late to learn something new so today I have started some patchwork.  I am hoping to make a quilt.  It is not entirely true that I have never done patchwork before but it has been generally on a small scale and my own ‘design’.

Following some basic tips that I gleaned from Frugal Queen and this Youtube video, I set about making my first disappearing 9 patch square.

I did not buy any fabric because I believe that patchwork should be the ultimate in making do with what you have, not an excuse to rush out and buy all of the latest mix’n’match patchwork fabrics.  I am using leftovers and offcuts from many of my own sewing projects as well as some that my mother gave me recently.  Some of the pieces in the bundle are over 40 years old.

Here are some of the first squares I cut out.  I was starting to arrange them for the block.

Squares cut out

I chose to use mostly blue in my first project as that is the colour that I have most in the available fabric.  It is also the colour of our bedroom so the quilt will look perfect on our bed if it reaches completion.

The first nine squares sewn together.

First squares sewn

The disappearing 9 patch depends on then cutting the block into 4 squares, rearranging them and then sewing them together.  This is the result.

Disappearing 9 patch
So far today I have made 4 of these blocks and I am really happy with how they are turning out.

4 blocks made
I think I am hooked but there are other things I need to do today as well.  I will be back tomorrow with more adventures.  In the meantime, let me know if you quilt or sew.  Is it for fun or frugality?


16 thoughts on “My First Attempt

  1. YES i sew… and I have tons of left over fabric especially knit.. I am gonna put this on my project list.. the first set of blocks are they 6″x6″? or bigger??? thanx for sharing

    • Hi Siri

      The first blocks are 5″ x 5″ in this case but 6″ x 6″ would be fine, too. I would not go any smaller than 5″ x 5″ as it would be too fiddly. Good luck with your projects.

      • thanx for the reply. and I went with 6″x6″ . I actually had a sewing workshop and we made a couple of blocks.. everyone loved it. I will blog about it soon. check back later for pics! 🙂

  2. Great job. I have been a Sewist for over 50 years.I first started making dolls clothes when I was 8 years old. I sew for pleasure and to keep our household items in good repair. If I can no longer repair ‘it’ then I use ‘it’ as a rag until I have to discard ‘it’.

  3. Looking great! I am a fan of patchwork/quilting (though I’ve only made a small number of quilts for beds), and have always practised making new from old. I also enjoy completing other people’s abandoned projects, in a variety of craft types. I’ve posted lots of sewing pictures on my personal Facebook page, if you’re interested.

  4. Oh, I really like this! It is different to the usual patchwork quilts I see. Very interesting and attractive. Well done.

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