Saturday, February 19, 2011

Introducing Whiskers - Friday Night Sew In

I only had about an hour last night to participate in FNSI so I wanted a quick project so I would feel that I accomplished something.   (The rest of the night was devoted to watching a high school musical Inside the Woods.  This was a fantastic show - the kids did an amazing job.  Such talent.  My son & daughter are on the backstage crew and had spent many an afternoon building the scenery.)

Introducing Whiskers - my table runner made for my sister (sister #5).   She has 3 kids, a couple of dogs, fish and rabbits so the new Max and Whiskers line was perfect for her.  This will be for her birthday in April so I've got plenty of time to FMQ.

I used a quick and easy disappearing 9 patch block.   Here is what I did:

From my charm pack, I choose 27 squares and layed them out into 3 different sets of 9 (3x3).  Take special care of the blocks you put in the corners - those will be the charm squares that stay whole after you cut things up.  For this, I made sure the cut animal blocks stayed whole.

Here are the 27 squares sewn into 3 blocks:

Then, carefully cut each of the 3 blocks.   First cut in half giving yourself two rectangles 6 3/4 by 13 1/2.  Then cut those 2 rectangles in half giving yielding four blocks 6 3/4 by 6 3/4.  (Hopefully this picture helps.)

Then, the fun begins.  Lay them out of the ground mixing them up, twisting them all different ways until you get the look you want.  Assemble, FMQ and enjoy!

Plenty of creative Friday Night Sew In results to go visit - you can find the list of blogs here.

Looks to be a beautiful warm weekend here in NC.  I've got 8 miles to walk tomorrow in training for the 1/2 marathon so I plan to enjoy!

Have a great weekend.

Happy Stitching!


  1. Wow, you got so much done! The table runner is looking great and thanks for showing us how to do the disappearing 9 patch blocks.

  2. That is some cool fabric and I love the disappearing 9-patch block... just fun to make!

  3. I'm working on disappearing nine patch blocks too. It's a fun block to work with. I'm sure you're sister will love the table runner.

  4. Cute fabric. I like this runner! Hope your 8 miles went well.

  5. That is a great project for a busy FNSI! Thanks for showing how to create the Disappearing 9 Patch. I've never made one, but now its on my project list :)

    Glad to hear about the H.S. musical. I love when kids get involved in creative projects.

  6. Great work! I like the colors of the fabrics.


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