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« on: June 16, 2008 11:21:13 AM »

I got 3 packs of charm squares (Tula Pink-Flutterby) and im making a dissapearing nine patch out of them. I want to make it as random as possible. Im sewing the strips of 3 blocks together first out of blocks chosen randomly from a bag. Then im going to put the strips in a bag and sew them together into the nine patch as I pick them randomly again. Im not going for any kind of pattern here at all. Has anyone else done this?
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2008 05:59:55 PM »

I haven't tried this for quilting, but I have a knitted blanket work in progress using the same principle. I got the pattern from a website, though for the life of me I can remember where. I lost the pattern that I printed out; it's a good thing it's a simple pattern, lol! I've had it going for quite some time, since it uses leftover scraps from yarn projects.

The idea is to put small balls of yarn, only a few yards apiece, into a bag. Reach in with out looking, and what you pull out is what you use, no matter what color it is. I think it's a heck of a lot of fun, definately makes for some interesting results!

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work using fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2008 07:50:49 PM »

Maybe it would help to separate the fabrics into a "dark" bag and a "light" bag. 

From this website, it seems that its more dramatic if your "X" in the square is dark and the other four squares are light. 

I like your idea of the stripes too.  Can't wait to see photos of the finished product.

BTW, thanks for posting this link.  I've seen examples of this and didn't know what it was.  When I google'd the name, I was like, "OH WOW!  THAT'S that pattern!  That's how you do it!"  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2008 09:51:26 PM »

I did this same thing last month, and I love the way it came out.  I tried to make it random but I did make a concerted effort to put the prints I liked the best in the four corners so they would appear big in the quilt.  I also tried to put solids in the center so they would be the smallest when cut up. 

I used four of Moda's Fresh Squeezed charm packs.  I went through one charm pack at a time and made all my blocks, then cut those up, and then mixed then with the other cut up blocks from that set.  When 1 charm pack was assembled into the disappearing nine patch blocks I set that aside and started a fresh charm square pack.  When I had all four charm packs assembled into the blocks I mixed them up into the quilt top.  I haven't posted it here because it is just a top currently.  I still need to add backing and quilt it!
There is a picture of the finished top below on my blog.
http://audreypawdrey.blogspot.com/2008/05/fresh-squeezed-disappearing-nine-patch_28.html
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2008 06:28:22 AM »

I decided it would be a bit small using only 3 packs so I just bought 2 more. THis will make it more usable I think. In the meantime I will keep cutting the blocks I have already done.
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2008 08:02:44 AM »

I haven't made a disappearing nine patch, but I used this same technique for the Marquee quilt from "The Modern Quilt Workshop."  I had to sew a million strips of greens together and I wanted them to be as random as possible.  I threw them in a tub, mixed them up and then blindly grabbed a strip to sew.  It turned out AWESOME so this technique definitely works!
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2008 12:10:19 PM »

audrey1999, very cool quilt top! 

I don't know about you guys, but I am so logical in my thought process, it actually hurts my brain to make something appear random.  So much more thought, time, and frustration go into a "random" quilt than a quilt that is organized and repeating! 
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2008 09:06:16 PM »

I agree with rainylakechick nothing is quite so challenging as just being random.  So far when ever I do a "random" quilt I still end up laying the whole thing out and shuffling blocks until it looks right.  I like the idea of the throwing it all into a bag it forces you to do things you wouldn't normally do.  Can't wait to see it.
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2008 06:14:34 AM »

even after I cut the squares from the 9 patch im going to throw those in a bag and arrage randomly too. I like order and symmetry too so it will be interesting to see if I can just leave it alone. HAHA!
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2008 06:17:28 AM »

even after I cut the squares from the 9 patch im going to throw those in a bag and arrage randomly too. I like order and symmetry too so it will be interesting to see if I can just leave it alone. HAHA!

hahahaha, I wish you the best of luck -- to leave it alone!  Smiley
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