New Year, New Block

Posted by on January 1, 2015 in housekeeping | 2 comments

Sharon-9-Patch-FeaturedWe’re kicking off 2015 with a classic: a 9-inch (finished size) Double 9-Patch, made from black and white prints combined with white or black.

Sharon made this one.

This block offers the opportunity to work with strip sets and to practice sewing consistent 1/4 – inch seams.

The fabric guidelines and directions for making the block are here:

Double 9-Patch Quilt Block Pattern

Please pay careful attention to the rules for fabrics and the placement of light and dark in your blocks. There was a bit of discussion and “wrong” (but beautiful) blocks made by some of the sneak-peekers.

You may make a maximum of 9 blocks for chances in the drawing at the end of the month.


 Tags and Categories


Add the tag double 9 to all your blog posts about this block.

The category should be blocks when you are posting photos of your blocks to enter them in the drawing; use the category sent and received when you are posting about mailing or receiving blocks; and the category show and tell to share projects you make from this block (whether they are lotto blocks or blocks you make for yourself.

Guidelines – Sophie’s Don’t Forget’s


The block pattern references a “light” and a “dark” fabric.  The placement of the light and dark is always the same within the block.   In the small 9-patches, the dark is always in the corners and center.

Each block must contain a black and white (B&W) print.

  • If the B&W print is mostly white, it is the light fabric and must be combined with a black solid or black-on-black (BOB) print.
  • if the B&W print is mostly black, it is the dark fabric and must be combined with a white solid or white-on-white (WOW) print.


Virtual Quilt


Here’s the Virtual quilt, made from photos from the sneak peekers  Julie P, Karen N, Kathie, Laurie, Peggy, Sharon, Wilma and me.  I added a black and white print as an virtual alternate block.  Photos of black and white objects, like this month’s blocks, really show how the differences in lighting can effect the color we see in the photos … but I hope you can see the possibilities of these blocks, in spite of the lighting differences.

Don’t forget that even if you emailed me with photos of your blocks during the sneak peek, you must share them in a blog post for them to be counted for the drawing.


Sharon-Double9-Patch-2 BWAlternateBlock Laurie-Double9Patch BWAlternateBlock Sophie-Double9Patch1
BWAlternateBlock Peggy-Double9Patch BWAlternateBlock Wilma-Double9Patch5 BWAlternateBlock
Wilma-Double9Patch2 BWAlternateBlock Kathie-Double9Patch1 BWAlternateBlock Kathie-DoublepPatch2
BWAlternateBlock Wilma-Double9Patch6 BWAlternateBlock KarenN-Double9Patch1 BWAlternateBlock
Kathie-Double9Patch3 BWAlternateBlock Karen-Double9Patch2 BWAlternateBlock Wilma-Double9Patch1.jpg
BWAlternateBlock Karen-Double9Patch.jpg4 BWAlternateBlock Wilma-Double9Patch3 BWAlternateBlock
Wilma-Double9Patch4 BWAlternateBlock Karen-Double9Patch.jpg3 BWAlternateBlock JulieP-Double9Patch1


  1. Hi Sophie, Love, love, love the black and white chicken fabric used in the virtual quilt. Who is it made by please?

    • Jo, the black and white chicken fabric is a VERY old fabric that I’m 99% sure I bought at Joann Etc.


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