Sunday, March 01, 2009
9-Patch, nearly done
These blocks were given to me about 5 years ago, with my promise they would be made into something and donated. This quilt is about 72 x 96 inches.
My sewing machine table (Roberts) has a hinge along the entire back, so I can open it up for large projects. I had to move stuff out of the room in order to open the table to accommodate a large quilt. (By the way, I have NEVER regretted the purchase of this wonderful sewing table - it was expensive but my work, and output increased dramatically. Sewing became a pleasant pastime with a decent sewing table.)
Most of the blocks were between 5 1/2 inches and 6 3/4 inches. Some were downright UGLY and (forgive me) I threw them out! (yes, and the world did NOT end!) I trimmed them all to about 5 3/4 inches, without regard to the seam lines of the 9 squares, because the blocks were so imprecise. That's probably why no one has actually USED them. Quarter square (hour glass) blocks between them was my choice. I used this dark floral blue and a light viney green.
You may remember I was a teensy bit embarrassed about being reasonably successful at 'practicing' machine quilting on my DSM, but not actually 'DOING'machine quilting, so I'm DOING on this quilt. Wish I had NOT chosen such a fussy design - maybe a larger loopy loop would have been better but ... as my mother would say, "if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride." I finally know what that means. And, with both light and dark blocks, there is always a question about 'what color thread'?