|A bed quilt for my nephew.|
|A lap quilt for my niece.|
I decided on a red/white/blue palette - classic Americana never goes out of style. I started collecting additional bits and pieces. One of my best sources was yard sales. I didn't need much yardage so old clothing worked very well. I could get unique patterns (super cheap) that were perfect for my crazy quilt design. I confess I have loosened my original rules and have purchased several new fabrics over time to incorporate. There are just so many great prints I couldn't help myself.
One of my favorite projects was making a quilt for my sister and brother-in-law. I worked for months with my two nieces and nephew to make it. We purchased extra fabrics to represent each person in the family's favorite animal - penguins, moose, horses, zebras and elephants. The kids all took turns sewing. And there were plenty of shenanigans like my nephew wrapping his little sister up like a mummy with the scraps from the fleece lining. We gave them the quilt for Christmas and I think the kids were proud of their accomplishment :)
To give myself a little wiggle room I always purchase a little more fabric than I need for the blanket. The blankets are 42 by 42 inches - which is not coincidentally the size of my table top. I usually purchase about a yard and a third or half of each fabric. I have been saving the left overs and finally decided on a plan. One of my former co-workers (and awesome sewing mentor) showed me a quilt she was making. The pattern is Disappearing Nine Patch. I feel instantly in love with how complicated it looked though it is super simple.
First you sew together 9 blocks to make a large block. Then cut the block vertically and horizontally to make four new blocks. Notice the different size squares and rectangles you have created. Then twist the blocks whichever way you like. The end result looks so much more complicated than it really is.
I don't remember how many blocks I made total, but my quilt top is finished. I plan to sew together the batting and backing, then take it somewhere to be quilted. It is large enough for a queen size bed. I don't think it is the sort of quilt I would put on our bed, but I envision myself snuggled up on the couch in it. I am keeping it as a reminder of all the babies that have been wrapped in the blankets I have made : )
I love the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern. I am planning to use up the rest of my red/white/blue/denim stash to make a couple more quilts using this pattern. I have a long way to go :)
If you are ever in the vicinity of Paducah, KY I would highly encourage you to check out the National Quilt Museum. They have all types of quilts on display and the artistry is incredible. We visited on our mini-vacation last summer. It was one of the most tormenting experiences of my life - no photography allowed in the gallery!! Maybe photos don't do the quilts justice anyway. You can check out some pictures on the National Quilt Museum website, but again if you can visit in person. I just looked at their website to write this post and it made me want to plan another trip.
|This picture is from the Quilt Museum's website|