A View of My Quilt Life

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Beginning - New Quilt From an Old Favorite

Let's start the project off with the shortening of the name.  Henceforth, New Quilts from an Old Favorite shall be known on this blog as NQOF. Whew, glad that's out of the way!  
This is an annual competition sponsored by The National Quilt Museum and this year's the theme is Nine Patch.  For more information click on this link - New-quilts-old-favorites

I've been stockpiling the batik stash for approximately 2 years, ever since I found out about the theme.  As far as the design goes - not so planned.   I want this piece to evolve naturally, with each section treated almost as if it's a separate quilt.  This is my sketch.

I decided to start with the contrast inset.  I thought long and hard about how to handle this piece.  I'm not sure if I want it on top of the main body of the quilt or recessed inside it.  I'll leave that decision for later and made this as a mini quilt. 

This part needed to be made a a traditional light/dark nine patch - a layout of 9 nine patches.   

So how long can it take to make a tiny 7 inch square quilt?  Most all afternoon!  Getting the colors and values right took some time.  For a brief moment, I considered having the squares finish at a half inch.  That would have made me crazy!!   These finish at three-quarters of an inch and were tricky enough. And I had some special help.

I'm waaay more important that these silly narrow strips.
By treating each section as a separate stand alone quilt, I'm counting on the color, batiks and quilting to tie it all together.
Pieced and ready for quilting.

Quilted!  It has no back, just batting and the binding is not double folded, just turned to the back and whip-stitched in place.

On to the next section - Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Nice! It'll be fun to see where you go with this challenge, and what you end up with.