Many of you may remember that I am half finished making twin bed quilts for our guest room. This is the first one:
I have never done this before, but I suppose there needs to be a first time for entering this quilt festival. The biggest problem I had is choosing which quilt to show. My first thought was that I would choose Megan’s & Madison’s Woven Double Wedding Ring because it is my most recent finish – but it was also my most recent blog post, so that seemed a tad redundant! So, instead, I decided to present my Nine Patch Lattice which was adapted from this pattern by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh! Fransson! I say adapted because I was lazy and wanted to use jelly roll strips instead of cutting 3 1/2″ strips for the blocks. And I wanted to make a larger quilt. So math was the order of the day.
First, sewed the strips together.
Then I made some Nine Patch Blocks.
Next, I laid out a top, alternating with some of my beloved Fairy Frost fabric!
Here is the completed top on the railing protecting my basement stairs – one of my favorite quilt hanging spots.
And here it is in its natural habitat, which is our oldest daughter’s room/guest room.
You may remember that I am making another quilt for the guest bedroom. You may also remember that I am considering making the batik blocks as Split Rail Fence blocks in order to make it go more quickly.
Now I’m having doubts. I am piecing the strips somewhat randomly, trying to keep a light, medium and dark (not necessarily in that order) in each strip set. As I have been sewing these together, I am beginning to wonder if I really should be making Nine Patch Blocks as I did with the first one. I am wondering if maybe the smaller amounts of the batiks really looked better. Maybe the Split Rail Fence puts too much of each fabric in each block. And maybe some of the color combinations in the strip sets aren’t very pretty but look fine as 1/3 of a Nine Patch block.
Here are some pictures. What do you think? Nine Patch or Split Rail?
I only have a minute to post this so I will just mention here that I finished the first guest room quilt! Yay! Of course, I still have one to go (more about that later, after the pictures) and neither of these was in my Quilty Resolutions list – but when I made that, I didn’t know that I’d have a guest room of my own, so that is understandable.
On to the pictures. First, the quilt hanging over the railing overnight to be sure it is really dry.
Next, in its natural habitat. Yes, maybe I should have made it a little longer. (What can I say, I was winging it.)
I am happy to report that today at work I had plenty of time to complete Block 7 of the American Beauty BOM. Only 5 more blocks to go. Then there is sashing and lots of other goodies to work with. My experiences taking pictures of this block really show how much bigger a 12 inch block is than a 9 inch block. (The blocks for the 120 Blocks project are 9 inch, in case you were unaware of that little piece of information.) So here we go.
This barely fit on the laptop case!
And I had to move the completed block to a black chair to make it work. Remember, it is not yet pressed.
Yes, I have been doing some sewing today! I did steps one and two of the Darting Minnows block. Remember, these have been finger pressed only, so they don’t look perfectly flat.
Yep. Here I sit with time when no one is expecting me to do anything else and I’m not quilting. Why? Well, I’ve been reading Quilters Newsletter (August/September issue) and thinking. The Hortense Beck article made me think about appliqué and how I really need to do some so I learn some new skills. But the article that made me really think is the article on Modern Quilting.
Am I a Modern Quilter? I’m pretty sure I’m not. First, I may be too old. 59 just sounds old to me – but not nearly as old as my next birthday sounds! So, age may disqualify me.
But what I think really disqualifies me is my love of making traditional block types of patterns. Don’t get me wrong! I love looking at the clean lines of a modern quilt, but I can’t imagine myself making one. Or, at least, that is how my thinking was going. Then I remembered this:
I got all 101 Nine Patch blocks finished for one of the Nine Patch Lattice bed quilts and all of the Fairy Frost squares cut for both of the quilts. I think I will assemble quilt number one before making the Nine Patch blocks for quilt number 2. But I will hold off sending them to the longarmer until both are done.
So, when I put these on the beds of the “Barely Pink” guest room, will it look less girly? I sure hope so.
I can’t believe how long it has been since I updated this blog! Shocking! Whatever have I been doing?
Shopping for furniture and paint and television.