Monday, June 25, 2012

love...Mamie Blocks...Fabric and Cutting

I'm going to give you the amounts for what I did in my quilt...you can very easily make it bigger or smaller....just add or subtract blocks...or if you want you can change the size of your blocks...easy peasy!
The blocks in the inside of my quilt are 6" finished and I needed 72 blocks...my border blocks are 3" finished and I needed 80 blocks.  To change the size of your blocks you're going to cut the size of your squares today the finished size you want plus 1 1/2"...so my blocks are 6" finished I'm cutting my squares 7 1/2"...we're going to use Billie Lauder's method of making these 9 patches and we'll end up with 2 from each combination we sew...it's lots of fun!  She has a great video online if you want to check it out...I just Googled Billy Lauder's 9 patch.  OK, so enough chatter from me let's get down to business...

For my size quilt (which is 68" X 74" finished)  you will need to cut..72- 7 1/2" squares...you want 36 to be dark to medium in value and 36 light to light medium in value...you just need a bit of a contrast...as you can see in mine I used the different colors in some blocks as my contrast because it's hard with 30's to get a real difference in value.
You will also need to cut 80-4 1/2" squares...40 need to be dark to medium and 40 need to be light to light medium in value.

I'll be back Wednesday to sew these blocks together!  Have fun!

5 comments:

Angie said...

I'm going to ignore ALL of the mess that is screaming for my attention---and go pull me some fabrics---I WANT TO DO THIS!! :0

krisgray said...

Very cool! I have 3 of BiIlie Lauder's books and have yet to do a technique from them. However, I have lots of scraps that I cut into 2.5" strips so I will probably do a bit of strip piecing, too.

Janet O. said...

I will have to save the instructions for another time, but I do want to make this!

babs said...

This should use up lots of those 30's prints I've collected over the years. Barb

trish @ notes of sincerity said...

Oh how gorgeous. :0)