Tuesday Tips - Urban Nine Patch!

Here are a few tips for The Urban Nine Patch pattern, a customer favorite! 
Let's begin with the center nine patch. Sew first 
2 convex pieces on - opposite sides. Press seams open.
Sew the next 2 convex pieces on the 
remaining sides
Press seams open and square up to 8" square. 
Place block under square up ruler. Center the center block under 4" intersection
and the diagonal ruler line should line up pretty close to the corners

Be sure the entire block sits under 8" ruler marks
(this one's close... but close enough! ;)
Notice the 9 patch corners do not extend all the way to the block corners. The 9 patch block should appear to "float"
Another tip that might be helpful - Press open these rectangle block seams rather then press seams to side. That narrow center strip seems to relax better with pressed open seams. 
And, here's a reminder about lining up the QCR 1/8" mark on the curved seems when squaring up the rectangle blocks.

And most important tip of all...HAVE FUN!! Because quilting is FUN!!! :-)

We Hope everyone's Curve It Up quilts are coming right along. We're anxious to share our progress! Remember to post pics to our Flickr group and #ciuchallenge to Instagram and Facbook

-Sew Kind of Wonderful-

Haha! We do love square blocks and square quilts!

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Hi there… I notice that most of the quilts I have seen have used plain fabric for the curved portions. I am doing UNP with printed fabric for the nine-patch and a printed tonal fabric for the “green” portion of UNP. The nine patch was perfect and the curves wonderful, but when I sewed the first curved portion on they looked like I had Ruffles! It was quite disconcerting, and with a whole lot of ironing and Best Press I got them finally to lay flat. The next three pieces were of course part of that fabric again but Kona White where your is Black and White. This was fine, so I wonder, does the type of fabric matter somehow? I saw your quilt on Pinterest and it was what inspired me to start quilting, but really I wanted to FMQ. That was a year ago and I just got my LongArm and thought it only fitting that your Quilt be the first one on it! I am awaiting my Sidekick! Thanks so much. Lauralyn



Have been terrified of any curves but your directions look so great and hopeful. Thanks for tips maybe I will try. Is it impossible without the ruler?

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