"9 Patch Over-Under" Mystery Quilt
part 3 - Sewing the Strips

Free Mystery 9 Patch Over-Under Quilt pattern - Cutting the strips - Quilting
 

designed by Susan C. Druding

This is the 3rd Part - Part One is Here
To review information about rotary cutting, review the tips and links here.
To review Fabric Choices  - see Part One.
To review size and quantity of strips to cut - see Part Two.
To go on to Part Four - go here.

In this Part 3 you will sew strips. Since I cannot be sure exactly how many sections each of you will be able to cut from the strip sets these are estimates. Depending on the width of your fabric you may get as few as 10 sections or as many as 12. [For the Smaller Version of this 9 Patch-Over/Under Mystery you will have 18-21 sections per strip set.]

I will use the fabrics I am sewing for myself to illustrate the fabric groups for this, your fabrics will differ. I'm using one multi-color print "P" fabric, but am using 3 different views of Print fabric squares to show here since it's more realistic.

Light: 9P-L1.jpg (1274 bytes)  

Dark:  

Print:    

To review information about rotary cutting, review the tips and links here.
To review Fabric Choices  - see Part One.
To review size and quantity of strips to cut - see Part Two.

To Sew the Strips

Check to make sure you are ready to sew scant 1/4 inch seam allowances. Lay the groups of strip you will sew next to your machine and sew the same pairs together in series. Then sew the 3rd strip. Press seams toward the dark fabric after sewing. Or, if the combination of strips is light and print, press toward the print fabric. I will refer to the sewn group of 3 cut strips into one group of strips as a "strip set".

1. Sew 6 strip sets of Dark-Light-Dark (D-L-D) strips. Each sewn strip set will be 40-43" long by 9.5" wide after the 3 strips are sewn. (you may need 1-1.5 more strip sets than this. You will know after cutting the sections). Remember to mix fabrics in the sets if you have several different lights and darks. Press as described above and hang the strips over a chair back or table to keep them neat. [For the Smaller Version sew 3 strip sets which will be 4.5" wide after sewing scant 1/4" seams.]




This shows a short
section of the D-L-D

strip set.


2. Sew 5 strip sets of Light-Dark-Light (L-D-L) strips.
Remember to mix fabrics in the sets if you have several different lights and darks. [For the Smaller Version sew 2 strip sets.]




This shows a short
section of the L-D-L

strip set.


3. Sew 4 strip sets of Dark-Print-Dark (D-P-D) strips.
Remember to mix fabrics in the sets if you have several different darks. [For Smaller Version sew 2 strip sets.]




This shows a short
section of the D-P-D

strip set.


4. Sew 3 strip sets of Light-Print-Light (L-P-L) strips.
Remember to mix fabrics in the sets if you have several different lights. [For Smaller Version sew 1 strip set.]




This shows a short
section of the L-P-L

strip set.

Get ready for next Installment:
Have that box of Gallon size zip lock bags handy. (these are approx. 11" x 11") and will be very handy for storing sewn pieces and blocks.

In the next installment (Part 4) you will start cutting sections from the strip sets.

Susan
Susan Druding

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