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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

If I Only Knew What I Was Doing . . .

My latest finished baby quilt to share with you here.

I had the idea I wanted to make a quilt that looked old, as if it had been made from random fabrics a quilter might have had available in her scrap basket a hundred years ago.

Good idea, but what block to use? Nine-Patch is about as simplistic and "old" as it gets. Then to add some interest, I decided to put a border around each 9-Patch. I didn't realize until I had the bordered 9-Patches nearly all put together with sashing that I had made . . . a Framed 9-Patch Block! Duh.

I'm partial to dots and had this little red dotted fabric for backing. To me it looked very basic, and complimented the "old" look of the fabrics on the front.

The faint diagonal intersecting lines you can see on the back of the quilt are the areas where I didn't do any quilting. Kinda neat the way that turned out. I quilted it so that the colored squares in the 9-Patches would stand out, but the pattern the quilting formed on the back was a pleasant surprise. Like I said, if I only knew what I was doing . . .


beth said...

wow! It's beautiful! Great job Mama Pea!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Hi, Beth - Thanks, as always, for your kind comments.

I didn't end up getting as much time in my quilt studio this past week as I thought I would (and I didn't even bake any cookies like you did!) but we're planning a day at home tomorrow so I'm gonna try to spend it quilting!

Sending my very best wishes to you for a Happy New Year filled with fabric!

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Looks to me like you've got a single Irish chain there - lovely as always. I love it when something comes together so nicely, even when it's not consciously planned every step of the way.

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Jen - That I do, you observant little girl!

And then there are always those times when NOTHING comes together . . . because it's not consciously planned! (But we call that creative learning, right??)

Millie said...

Wow, what a beautiful 9 patch quilt...I love the scrappy look.
Happy New Year!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Hi, Millie - Thanks so much for commenting! I love to hear from people who are reading my blog. (I just added yours to my list of Favorites.)

And thanks for the compliment on the 9-Patch. I, too, am particularly partial to scrap quilts.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year filled with lots of quilting!