Archive for October, 2012

I’m Back!!!

29 Oct

I know! I have been a total slacker and haven’t posted anything in months. But I am back and I have pretty pictures to put on this post. I just returned from the fall retreat and had a great time! Half of the group sewed, half scrapped, but we all had a blast.

I worked on quilts, of course. And I finished one big quilt top – “Sisters Nine Patch.”

Half done!

Here is a close up of some of the blocks:

Closer Look

And the Grand Finale:

"Sisters Nine Patch"

I stuck pretty close to Bonnie Hunter’s pattern and color choices except that I substituted white fabrics rather than the creamy ones that she included. I wanted a really stark contrast. Of course, several of my “whites” have black and/or red on them to make the quilt blend a little. This quilt makes me think of Mickey Mouse, Betty Boop, or Hello Kitty with the color choices. I have no idea why.

The quilt pattern, as I mentioned, is called “Sisters Nine Patch” and it can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book Adventures with Leaders & Enders. Love this book! Love this designer! I have done several of her patterns and am planning several more projects based on her work. What I love the most is that I get to use my stash. All the reds (and I think I used 64 of them) in the 9 patches came directly from my stash. The yellow was on sale for $4.50 a yard and I bought the last of it which was just enough to do this quilt. I did buy the black and red border fabric, but I wanted something with polka dots and this worked out beautifully.

So what’s next, you ask? Well, this is what is currently on my design wall:

Confetti Wall

This is what I am calling the “Confetti Wall”! It is my first paper-pieced project. All the blocks were made using the paper piecing technique which means that you sew through paper and fabric to make the blocks. I chose an easy one to start with because later I am planning some much more difficult projects. This one was fun. All the blocks are made from batik fabric. There are 99 blocks that are 5 inch square. The pattern is called “Confetti” by Nancy Mahoney. I already have my border and backing fabrics. So it’s time to sew this top together and get it off the “quilt top to do” list.

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore