Sunday, May 25, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I _was_ going to join a 9 patch swap with SCQuilters but didn't get my blocks made in time to send off, and as I was really in love with the colours by the time I'd made 22 and cut out a lot more, I decided to keep them.
The Magic/disappearing Nine Patch block is easy. This is the 3rd one I've made and is an excellent mindless project for a retreat or just to think with while sewing. You also won't need to read any instructions if it gets left for a few months!
The brief for the swap was to make 12½" blocks, using strips of 4½" inches.
blue-yellow-blue, yellow-blue-yellow, blue-yellow-blue in the 3 strips.
Sew the blocks, cut them in half both ways and make them into blocks again, swapping all of the fabrics around in a random manner.
The pattern can be done in any size strips, I have done one in 8" squares and wouldn't go any bigger! The squares are too big.
I think this size of 4½" strips with a 12½" block is good.
I have also made an I Spy one using 6½" squares. By doing it using sqaues and not strips it's easy to get the direction of the fabric going the right way. (note to self - find quilt for photo - another note to self - finish quilting it!)
The rest of the day will be spent in relaxing pursuits - sewing, reading and leftovers for tea!
Friday, May 9, 2008
It will all end up as a "Magic 9 Patch" - one day.
This is one I made last year using 8" squares of Oz-Dye Arts hand dyes plus Autumn fabrics. It grew really quickly. The fabrics in the quilt are not quite as bright as the photo, but doesn't it look like the colours I see from my front patio?
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I know I could have made a smaller quilt with just the panel - leaf, caterpillar and butterfly, but the rest of the range was beckoning! :-)
The darker white triangles are really the same as the rest of the white, but they were done in the "flip'n fold" method, so there are 3 layers which makes it darker. Will be OK once the quilt is backed and quilted.
The top will be hung in the shop for a while before this gets done.