The 9 Patch Parade will kick off on 1 February 2020. From February to July we’ll be using the From Marti Michell Nine Patch Rulers to make some fabulous projects based on the humble 9 Patch patchwork block. This block is one of the cornerstone blocks of quilting and it’s so versatile the fun with it is limitless.
Why a Nine Patch Ruler?
You could be forgiven for thinking that a nine patch ruler is overkill. It’s just 9 squares, right? Wrong. Can you tell me what the size square you’d need to cut to make a 4″ finished size nine patch block? Nope, me either. The beauty of these rulers is that they take all the hard work of math out of the equation (pardon the pun!).
Want to see one in action? Check out this video from Marti herself:
You can order the rulers and starter kit through our online store. We’re hoping to have them shipping between 15 December and 23 December. Remember, we do flat rate shipping to continental USA for AUD$10.
What is the 9 Patch Parade?
The 9 Patch Parade is a monthly sew-along where participants are asked to create a project, such as a quilt, cushion, wall hanging, table runner, etc., based on that month’s 9 Patch Pattern by Marti Michell.
Who’s the Grand Marshall?
The 9 Patch Parade event will be hosted by me! Woot! Woot! And yes, I’m working on making myself a Parade Grand Marshall hat!
What does a 9 Patch Parade look like?
Each month participants will be asked to sew a project based on a pattern created by Marti Michell. Each month we’ll work on a different pattern. I’ll prompt you each week within the month to share where you’re at and provide you with a structured timetable to help keep you (and me!) on track. At the end of the month participants you’ll share your finished project and go into the running to win a prize!
For the purpose of the event each month will consist of 4 weeks of activities structured in the following manner, where there’s more than 4 weeks in the month we’ll just have longer to work on our projects:
- Week 1: Cutting + Preparation
- Week 2: Make Your Project
- Week 3: Make Your Project
- Week 4: Share Your Project
Winners will be announced on the 5th day of the following month the winner of the previous month’s pattern based creation will be announced.
What patterns will you use?
The patterns to be used, and their allocated month, are:
- A – February: Triple Sashing and Nine Patch Cornerstones
- B – March: Twice as Much Fun
- C – April: Nine Patch with Mock Diagonal Sets
- D – May: Magic Nine Patch
- E – June: Starry Nine Patch
- F – July: Disappearing Nine Patch
The patterns are only available as part of the 9 Patch Parade Starter Kit.
How can you participate?
To be eligible for the prizes you will need to participate via social media. You can do this in 2 ways:
To participate via Instagram you will need to have a public Instagram account. You will then upload your photo(s) to Instagram and use the hashtag #FMM9PatchParade.
To participate via Facebook you’ll need to join the GnomeAngel Facebook Group and post your projects to the relevant photo album within the group.
What could you win?
Each month there will be an official sponsor(s). At the end of the month when you complete and share your project you will go into the running to win a prize. Each completed project will get the participant an entry in the prize pool – so the more you make the more entries you’ll get.
At the end of 6 months there will be a grand prize draw where all entries will go into the running to win the grand prizes.
I’ll be announcing all our sponsors and prizes on January 13 2020.
Are you in?
If this all sounds like the kind of fun you’d like to have in 2020 then simply sign up to my newsletter (click here to sign up) to keep up-to-date with announcements and purchase the Marti Michell 9 Patch Starter Kit. We’ll be ready to have fun come 1 February 2020!