Scrappy Nine Patch and Some Scrap Management

Can you see the patches of dark and light in this quilt?  I sewed together alternating 9 patches of darks and lights (with medium values thrown in helter skelter).  I just used my stack of 2.5" squares from my scrap drawer.

I really do like the subtle pattern that this brings to a scrappy square quilt.  It also is easier to assemble a quilt full of squares when you make them into 9 patches first.

I used poly batting and hand quilted this one, making it puffier and so very soft.

Making a Scrappy Mexico Quilt {and a notice if you bought the pattern before March 12, 2015}

Today I want to show you how simple and fun it is to make this pattern in a scrappy manner.  But first of all, if you have purchased the pattern already, please read the next paragraph!

I realized today that one step needs clarification.  Under Piecing, Step 3., it tell you to pair your blocks into sets.  The first pairing is

6 pairs of Color #1 and Color #2

Here's what it should say;

6 Pairs of Color #1 and Color #2 (3 of the Color #2 should be the ones marked diagonally bottom left to top right, and 3 should be the ones marked top left to bottom right


 On to making a scrappy version of this quilt!  So if you've already purchased the pattern, you will notice that it is divided into four colors, Colors #1-#4.  In a non scrappy version, if the chart says to cut four of Color #1, then you will cut four all of the same fabric. 

In the scrappy version, you will use each Color # as a color family, rather than one fabric.

In my photo just above, Color #1 is Navy Blues.  As many rectangles as the chart says to cut of that color, that's how many different fabrics I chose for that color family.  I then cut one rectangle for each fabric.

Thinking in color families this way ensures that you will keep the overall design intact. 

This version you see here is the mini quilt size which I decided to include in the pattern because they are just so cute!