Right now I am working on a nine-patch quilt. I bought the lavendar fabric when we were on our honeymoon in July of '04. We found a very cute little quilting shop on the Oregon coast. And since my favorite color is lavendar my eyes were drawn to a little rolled up bunch of lavendar, reproduced fabric, fat-quarters. Reproduced fabric are prints from earlier times like the 1930's and 40's. I decided to make a nine-patch quilt with them. Except my little nine-patch squares will only be an inch big. I thought that would be really cute but of course it makes more work, but I like doing it.
My first step is cutting the fabric into 1 inch wide strips. (There are a few more patterns of fabric but I only picked 4 to show in the picture.)
The second step is to pick 2 different patterns and sew them together. Once the first 3 pieces are sewn together you take 3 more except the opposite of the first 3 pieces sewn together.
Next I cut the 2 strips into 1 inch wide pieces width-wise.
Next I pick 2 pieces from one strip and 1 piece from the other strip. I sew two opposite pieces together. Then sew on the 3rd strip so that the opposite strip is inbetween the 2 strips. I do this until all the pieces from both strips are used. There is usually one or two pieces left over that can't be used.
Now I have little 1 inch nine-patch squares.
These are the steps I am working on at the moment. Once I am done making all my squares I will show what I have to do next. Pretty soon I will have a quilt that I can pass down to my children and tell them I bought the fabric when I was on my honeymoon and they can give it their kids. :)