Bargello 9-Patch Border Blocks in May

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in housekeeping | Comments Off on Bargello 9-Patch Border Blocks in May


In May we are making we are making this 4 1/2 by 18 inch rectangular block–a simple arrangement of squares that evoked the elements of Bargello and 9-patch or B9P.

The fabric guidelines and my directions for making this block can be found here:

Bargello 9-patch Border Block Pattern

This block is a good one for testing your 1/4-inch seam and challenges you to see the relative values of fabrics in different colors.

The color palette for this months blocks consists of four colors, from which, I ask you to choose three for each of your blocks.

You may make a maximum of 9 blocks for chances in the drawing at the end of the month. The target set size for the winners will be 48 blocks.


Tags and Categories


Add the tag B9P 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.


Tips for Making Your Blocks


There are a number of tools for seeing value–one of my favorites is using my camera to photograph fabrics, make my guesses about value and then looking at the photo in black and white to truly see which is the light, medium and dark. Here are some of the fabrics I used in my blocks and my attempt to put together a light, medium and dark of each color: purple, yellow/gold and gray.

  PossibleFabrics  PossibleFabrics-BW

If you choose white as one of your fabrics, it will be the “light,” depending on the other fabrics you choose, they could be the light, medium or dark.


The Virtual Quilt Returns


Here is a sampling of blocks from sneak seekers, Barb P, Elizabeth Co, Karen B, Karen N, Kathie, Melissa, Myrna, Peggy M and me. If you win (or make these blocks for your own projects), you might choose to use them as pieced sashing or borders … but used as blocks in a straight set, they will look something like this:


ElizabethCo-B9P-2 Sophie-B9P-6 Kathie-B9P-5
ElizabethCo-B9P-3jpg Melissa-B9P-1 ElizabethCo-B9P-1
PeggyM-B9P-2 BarbP-B9P-2 Sophie-B9P-4
PeggyM-B9P-1 Sophie-B9P-3 Sophie-B9P-1
Sophie-B9P-2 Kathie-B9P-4 Kathie-B9P-3
KarenN-B9P-1 KarenB-B9P-2 ElizabethCo-B9P-4
KarenN-B9P-3 KarenN-B9P-2 Kathie-B9P-2
KarenB-B9P-4 KarenB-B9P-3 BarbP-B9P-1
KarenN-B9P-4jpg Kathie-B9P-6 Kathie-B9P-1
PeggyM-B9P-1 KarenB-B9P-1 Myrna-B9P-1


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