Teaching an old dog….

I’ve finished the 9-Patch/Hourglass quilt!

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After about 10 years of quilting this pattern was just full of learning experiences for me. The pattern is from the Leisure Arts book “Quick & Easy Scrap Quilts” by Patricia Wilens. This book has lots of great patterns!!!!

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It’s my first truly “scrappy” quilt. One 44” strip of fabric was cut from nearly every fabric in the stash, so every 9-patch is a different fabric. When the strips were cut in half I think I got two 9-patch squares per 22” strip plus enough for a couple of leaves. There’s enough 9-patches left over to make another quilt should I ever get that adventurous again. Um….probably not.  Not that it was hard – it was a very easy quilt. Just more involved than usual. I’m a simple quilt kinda girl.

It was my first appliqué – and without Peggi’s help and encouragement it would have probably been my first UFO. The appliqué was very simple – the same piece was used for the flowers and the leaves – but dang! there were a lot of  pieces. I now have a new respect for people who hand applique – especially when I see something like a Baltimore Album quilt!! I used the freezer paper/starch method and once I got into a rhythm making them it was quite fun. I also hand-sewed all those little leaves and flowers. (Helpful hint to those who are just starting hand-appliqué: Sew the appliqué before attaching the border to the quilt – saves much frustration!!)

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I had to force myself to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n and take my time on this quilt. Normally only the bindings are hand-sewn on my quilts. I will do anything not to have to hand-sew!

I used two different fabrics – muslin and white-on-white print muslin for the hourglass. If I made the quilt again I’d probably try for a little more color contrast. They almost look one-color on this quilt.

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It’s also the first quilt with a planned quilting border. Normally I’ll free-hand or use a stencil for borders. I saw a picture online a long while back of beautiful quilting on a vine/flower border – feathers at the top, straight lines at the bottom – and it stuck in my head. Didn’t print it out, didn’t bookmark the page, and can’t find the page again, so I can’t take the credit for the pattern nor give credit to whoever put the idea in my head. But I sure thank that person! Now, my feathers aren’t nearly as beautiful as the picture I saw, but I sure had fun doing them.

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Sadly, I don’t know that all that work will really be noticed. Once I washed the quilt the quilting on the border isn’t quite as pronounced as it was before. Oh well. I still like it!

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Unfortunately, it’s also my first quilt where the color ran in one of the blocks. Confirms my decision that ALL fabrics now get a bath before they can play with the stash. I’ve got a brown spot on the back of the quilt now. :(

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It’s also the first time I ran a sewing machine needle through my finger. You can see more on that fiasco here. We won’t re-visit that experience. Ever again.

I hope you like it. It has become may favorite lap quilt!

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I love this quilt.  Out of all your quilts, this one is my absolute favorite.  I think you did such a fabulous job on it!   Put it in your will – I get this one!  wpid-small-sig-2010-02-26-08-14.png