Showing posts with label 9 patch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 9 patch. Show all posts

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Washing a Vintage Quilt Top & Hurricane Irma

Washed, Dried & Pressed

Isn't She a Red & White Beauty!

Hurricane Update: Like this vintage quilt top, we have been spared by Hurricane Irma. A neighbor's tree fell in our yard, and we lost palm fronds. Power came on last night, and the house is drying out from general humidity. That is nothing in comparison to the devastation south and north of us. I am so grateful to those of you who kept us in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

My heart truly aches for those who are trying to make sense of what has happened, and pick up the pieces. The need is so great between Harvey and Irma, but understanding the process of clean up and rebuilding is very important when you think of how you can help. This short CBS story will open your eyes to how relief efforts can actually slow the process. Thanks to my niece for sharing it with me.

Monday, January 2, 2017

7 Grid Chain Quilt: Day 2

7 Grid Chain 

Yesterday I started playing with blocks, and today it all came together. Like many of you, I work best without a pattern. If you haven't tried it, it's liberating! Just start with an idea, and keep moving forward until you arrive. Let me give you a quick walk through this quilt's process. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Lowly Nine Patch Goes Mod

I have a few favorite blogs I frequent,
and one is Sew Can She. I've learned so much
by reading the different tutorials, and am
excited every month when a new
Classic Quilt Block comes out. Many I've done
before, but more than a few times I've learned 
technique that really was quite helpful.This 
month's block was the 9 Patch, and I wanted to 
link up with one I'd done to her Facebook page so 
I was entered in the contest for the month. There's 
always a free giveaway, and that's free fun.

I was brave, and cut into my Allison
Glass stash of fat quarters I'd gotten a few
months ago. One 9 patch easily turned into many 
more, and soon I had a small pile I thought would 
make a wonderful throw quilt. What I thought
would work was this, and before you look, it
 Did Not.

You know how much I like print with print, 
but this even made me a little nauseous.
So then I tried this.

It was still pretty awful. I threw in some
slate colored sheeting, and it was getting 
better. It gave the eye somewhere to rest,
but also allowed the brilliant colors to shine.
I still wasn't happy with the layout, though.

Next try here, and I thought it was cleaner,
and simplified. I could now walk away for the 
day, and look tomorrow with fresh eyes.

Coming back this morning, it still made me 
smile, so I plugged on making more 9 patches.
Some were dark/light/dark, others opposite,
and some just had a funky-cool look so I 
went with the combination.

Did I say that I'd already cut out 50 blocks
6.5" square the night before? Yes, I did! So as to 
not waste the fabric or my energy, I tried this.

Again, very simple, but wouldn't it look a
little more glamourous with a stacked coin
border around the whole perimeter?

That's two days of sewing work for me. I also
did a little gardening, and mowed everything 
from north to south. Each morning brings
something else into bloom, and it's
really pretty exciting if you're into it like
I am.

Bleeding hearts

Magnolias, and to the right a clump of
a double narcissus 'Erlicheer' that you 
can smell 20 feet away at times!

My 2 pink dogwoods will be out by
morning I'll bet, but look like fairy
trees today.

Pansies greet us at the front door now.

And look what surprised me! I had no
idea it was going to bloom after all
these years.

I hope you're enjoying spring as much as I am.

Thank you to everyone who linked up to the
Pet Project Show #16 this weekend. It runs
through midnight Monday, April 20th.
When you link up, you are automatically
entered in the drawing May 2 for the
quilted pillow. Follow the directions in the
link below for other ways to enter.

Come on, Doxie Girls.
I have another idea to try.