June 13th, 2010

World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Day

World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Day is Saturday, June 19.  Celebrate your love of yarn and join us for a FREE day of knitting and crocheting.  You could win one of many terrific door prizes that we will be giving away.  There will be FREE demonstrations all day, too.  Come with your projects and your questions, we will be here to help.  We’ll provide snacks, coffee and tea.  If the weather permits, you can knit or crochet outside so bring a lawn chair, sunscreen and anything else to make you comfy.

The 9 Patch Project
We stumbled across something that looks like so much fun.  It’s called the “9 Patch Project”.

You just can’t go wrong with this one!  There are no rules and nothing to buy.  You simply make one 9 patch block each day for the next three months from your stash.  Anything goes; from organized to entirely scrappy!  If you cut your squares 2 ½” they will make a 6” finished block, but any size is great; as we said “no rules.”
To make 6” finished blocks, you will be starting with 2 ½” squares.  The perfect size to use up jelly roll leftovers, 5” charm squares cut in half twice will make 4 – 2 ½” squares and even leftover binding strips will fit right in.  Although we recommend straight cut binding strip scraps and not bias.   Let’s not make a square with bias edges that will create headaches down the road in the finishing process.

You can make a block a day, make several on a rainy day, make them with friends, make them at Stashbusters, exchange blocks with friends for more colors, it’s all up to you.  If you fall behind, just make a smaller quilt.  No stress here – just fun!  You can share your progress along the way or keep it a secret and surprise us.
In September, at the end of the three months, let’s plan a picnic to share blocks and exchange finishing ideas.   It will be so much fun to see all the colors, fabrics, styles of fabrics, who used the most colors, who used the oldest stash, etc.

Vicki is making her 9 patch blocks with batiks and I am doing mine out of flannel scraps.  I am also using the Accuquilt GO! machine to cut my squares which will be the 5″ charm square size.  I will be putting mine together with batting and backing and machine quilting each block.  When my blocks are done I will join the blocks together in raggy edge fashion.   I bet you are just beginning to image all the possibilities – so don’t wait-  join us!  We will keep you up to date here and on our facebook page.  You can leave comments here and on facebook for us to let us know that you are joining us as well as how your progress is going.  Again, don’t worry, no one is going to come knocking on your door wondering where your blocks are.  Have fun!

All set up to cut my flannel squares with the Accuquilt GO!

One block down!

Till next time – happy crafting!

Lisa 🙂

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