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Finishing the semi improv 9-patch quilt

This is the entire finished quilt.

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And the quilt back.

Quilt top

Now you have completed all blocks it’s time to arrange them.

Lay them on the floor and place them in a way that is pleasing to you.

Stitch together in rows.

Back of the quilt

Get 6 charm squares and the little strips of fabric left from the trimming of the charm squares we used for the top. Cut a few extra trimmings in the strip colours.

Cut seven 4 1/2 in x 5 in rectangles in the background fabric.

Now take one or more trimmings.

Cut the cream rectangle in two. Choose a random spot where to split the rectangle each time.

Place the trimming in between.

Do this for each of the 7 inserts. Then stitch the trimmings.

You can add more than one trimming.

Now stitch charm squares and inserts in a row. Iron flat.

Now cut two pieces to stitch to each side of the strip. Each piece should be 19 3/4 in x 52 in. Stitch and iron.

Assemble the quilt sandwich and quilt using your preferred method.

I used free motion.

I also used a very quick way to make the binding by machine.

Detail of quilt

Semi improv 9-patch quilt tutorial – Finishing the improv blocks

After the first improv iteration, we have so far completed 12 blocks. The blocks are uneven and need trimming and completing.

The final size of each block will be 12 1/2 inches.

Finishing the blocks

Trim all blocks to 11 1/2 in square.

Take all the little strips of fabric you kept from your charm squares and scraps of solids cotton fabrics.

Take a piece of solid fabric and cut a strip that is at least 13 in long by 1 3/4 in wide.

Cut the strip at random intervals and stitch the little 1/2 in x 5 in strips left over from the initial charm squares you used to make the blocks.

You can stitch the strips using a 1/8 in seam allowance.

You need to repeat this one for each block.

You can add more than one little piece or even make one little strip out of two different fabrics.

The more variety, the more interest you will add to your quilt.

Can you see the second strip is made out of two different strips of fabric?

I made the coloured strips all at the same time.

I used mostly coordinated fabrics but you can mix and match.

Depending on the angle you used when cutting your strips across you may need to straighten the final strip.

Now pick up a block and attach the strip to it.

Pin and stitch.

Trim the strip.

Press seam.

Trim to 12 1/2 inches.

To finish now cut a 12 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in strip of background fabric.

Stitch. This will square the block to 12 1/2 inches. You are done with your first block.

For the next block attach the strips in the opposite way, ie start with a 11 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in strip of the background fabric.

Then attached the coloured strip.

And trim to 12 1/2 in square.

Alternating longer and shorter coloured strip will add some more improv features to the quilt. Do as many of each as you like rather than half half.

Detail of finished 12 1/2 inch blocks

Next tutorial the quilt is put together.

Semi improv 9-patch quilt tutorial – cutting the blocks – blocks 6 and 12

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Materials

  • One 12 1/2 in square in the background fabric
  • Block 6

Cutting the blocks

Block 6

Place the 12 1/2 in square background fabric square on the mat and the first block you made on top.

Align all sides well.

Now make 2 cuts as per diagram above.


After cutting rearrange pieces to obtain the first block as per diagram above.

After rearranging, stitch all pieces together.

Block 3 is nearly complete.

Put it aside.

Block 12

Arrange the left over “inverted” pieces.

Stitch together.

You now have 2 more blocks. Or almost. We’ll be trimming and adding some interest later.

Semi improv 9-patch quilt tutorial – cutting the blocks – blocks 5 and 11

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Materials

  • One 12 1/2 in square in the background fabric
  • Block 5

Cutting the blocks

Block 5

Place the 12 1/2 in square background fabric square on the mat and the first block you made on top.

Align all sides well.

Now make 2 cuts as per diagram above.

After cutting rearrange pieces to obtain the first block as per diagram above.

After rearranging, stitch all pieces together.

Block 3 is nearly complete.

Put it aside.

Block 11

Arrange the left over “inverted” pieces.

Stitch together.

You now have 2 more blocks. Or almost. We’ll be trimming and adding some interest later.

Semi improv 9-patch quilt tutorial – cutting the blocks – blocks 4 and 10

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Materials

  • One 12 1/2 in square in the background fabric
  • Block 4

Cutting the blocks

Block 4

Place the 12 1/2 in square background fabric square on the mat and the first block you made on top.

Align all sides well.

Now make 2 cuts as per diagram above.

After cutting rearrange pieces to obtain the fourth block as per diagram above.

After rearranging, stitch all pieces together.

Block 2 is nearly complete.

Put it aside.

Block 9

Arrange the left over “inverted” pieces.

Stitch together.

You now have 2 more blocks. Or almost. We’ll be trimming and adding some interest later.