Thursday, April 25, 2013

Disappearing Nine Patch Variation

This quilt has taken sooo much longer than I thought it would! It's partly that we found out we were moving and so a couple of weeks were spent on research and logistics, and partly because we went out of town for a couple of weeks. 

It's also partly that at first I wanted to quilt it using free-motion swirls and feathers, but I was nervous that it wouldn't turn out well. In the end, I decided to keep the simple, clean lines and quilt the sashing in the ditch, as well as around the larger colored squares and a simple cross through the center of the other blocks.
 Here it is hanging in my window, where I attempted to keep it unwrinkled until I finished the back and basted it:

Being basted on my kitchen floor:

I used spray baste and a few pins around the edges.  LOVE spray baste! This is only the second or third time I've used it, but I think it's wonderful.

The quilting is about 1/3 of the way done.  Hopefully I'll be able to finish it this weekend!


  1. Do you share your patterns? I love this

  2. Thank you! I don't have an organized pattern, just a partial sketch with some math on the side. I take a block I like, work out the dimensions of each piece in the block based on the finished size I want the block to be, and then multiply each shape to find out how many I need for my quilt.

  3. I love this quilt, the fabrics you chose and the pattern! I'm trying to figure out how many different patterns you used on the disappearing blocks. Could you give me an estimate?

  4. Thank you so much! I believe I had 7-9 blue/green patterns and a single orange print. I wanted it to be made of ocean colors, with a little bit of sunshine. :) I pieced the disappearing block as four smaller blocks (1 small square, 1 medium square, 2 rectangles each) and then sewed them together into the large block. One of the things I liked about this design is that it is fun and sort of complex to look at, but it's actually easy to piece!


Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!!