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I bet you can’t tell this modern quilt started with 9-patch block

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use 9 fat quarters from some Banyan Batiks fabrics to make 2 modern nine patch blocks. Today you’ll see how to change the blocks even more and create this contemporary looking lap quilt. Be sure to check out yesterday’s post for the complete list of fabrics used AND the first part of this nine patch modern quilt project.

 

Finished quilt top
Finished quilt top

 

You now have 2 new blocks made from the original nine patch blocks. Make 2 more cuts like this on each block. My side strips were about 7″ wide, but you can use a different width if you like. This is improv quilting, so you’re designing as you go!

 

Cut each block into 3 sections.
Cut each block into 3 sections.

 

Now, you can rotate and move the strips to create another design. When you’re satisfied with the arrangement, sew the sections together to make 2 new blocks.

 

Re-arrange the strips to create a new block.
Re-arrange the strips to create a new block.

 

Each block will be about 27½” x 28½”. Sew the 2 blocks together to make the quilt top. Trim the outside edges as necessary to square up the quilt top.

 

Sew the 2 blocks together.
Sew the 2 blocks together.

 

From the ⅝ yard of indigo Ketan fabric, cut 3 – 1½” x WOF for the inner border.

Sew the 3 strips together, end to end, to make 1 long strip.

Measure the length of your quilt. Mine was 54½” but yours might be different. Cut 2 strips the length of your quilt from the long 1½” strip. Sew 1 strip to each side.

You’ll be able to use the rest of the Ketan indigo fabric for binding.

Remember the strips that were left from the fat quarters after you cut out the 10″ squares? Now you can use them to make side borders. Trim the strips so they are the same width. They will be about 8″ wide. Sew 3 strips together end to end, to make 1 side border. Make another side border with 3 more strips.

 

Inner borders are sewn to each side. Outer borders are ready to be trimmed.
Inner borders are sewn to each side. Outer borders are ready to be trimmed.

 

Measure your quilt top and cut the 2 side borders so they are the same length as the quilt top. Sew on the side borders and you’ll have a distinctive, modern lap quilt. No one will ever figure out that it started out as 2 nine patch blocks!

 

Outer borders are sewn to each side.
Outer borders are sewn to each side.

 

You’ll love sewing with these Banyan Batiks from Northcott. There’s little or no stretch or fraying when sewing the pieces together and the designs in each collection are very unique. Look for these fabrics in your favorite quilt shops – I know you’ll enjoy using them!

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you some more quilts made with Banyan Batiks, so you can see how versatile these fabrics really are!

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: 9 Banyan Batik fat quarters make a superb modern quilt

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

2 Comments

  1. Sandy Allen

    Wow! I wondered how this was made from the 9 patch blocks. Awesome!

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