Blog readers are spoiled folks! 🙂 Almost every quilt I show, someone will ask “Will you please post that pattern?” Know why I don’t post patterns for every quilt I make?
When I’m coming up with a quilt design, it doesn’t matter to me if I mix 5 patch blocks with 9 patch blocks with 4 patch blocks. For most 9 patch blocks, they work best with 6″, 9″ or 12″ blocks. For most 5 patch type blocks, they work best with 5″, 7-1/2″, or 10″ blocks. What happens when you mix a 5 patch type block with a 9″ type block? You may end up with weird size pieces.
For the current project, the little nine patches are 4-1/8″ unfinished which makes for some weird cutting sizes. In order to get the finished quilt at the size I want it to be, I make the blocks whatever size it takes to get to the finished size. Sometimes that results in weird sizes for cutting the pieces. It isn’t an issue for me because I know that all my rulers are marked in 1/8″ increments. In between — right in the middle — of those 1/8th measures is where a 1/16th cut would be so if I need a piece that’s a little less than 1/8″ or a little more than 1/8th”, I know exactly where to place the ruler. It’s not hard but some folks panic (and let me know) when they see the weird sizes.
That’s why there’s not a pattern for every quilt I make.