What surprised me most was the variety of 9-patches we got! These are nine of them, set on point (first framed in a plain bleached muslin border to make them a uniform size) & then sashed in blue & yellow strips I had kicking around. What could be easier, right?
Unfortunately this top was finished sometime in ?2010? & then sat until almost the end of April 2015 before it was basted & quilted. It would have sat longer but in a fit of I-don't-know-what-I-was-thinking, I entered it in a quilt show. Not yet quilted. Because I am like that. I basted it not having the faintest idea how I was going to quilt it (I mean I knew HOW, I was going to use my Bernina & cotton thread but the pattern was up in the air).
After it was basted & rolled (I more or less always knew I would begin corner to corner), I settled on a square flags sort of thing. I could tell you it was inspired by Buddhist prayer flags (which it could be) but really, I was also cleaning some old house stuff files & found Corian samples from when we redid our kitchen. I started playing with them. Truly, playing. Mostly I was making clicking noises with them. The quilt just happened to be on the table; yes, I have the world's shortest attention span.
After it was all done, I recognized the Corian sample was the same square dimension as a single unit of the patch of the 9-patches: 2 inches more or less. This is probably why the shape & size of those squares looked "right". Also, they make a cool mahjong tile clicking sound. But if anyone asks I am going with Buddhist prayer flags from now on.
I quilted it in a variegated very pale blue & white cotton thread. The thread is so pale I was surprised how much the stitching does show in the pale blue border sashing scraps. because I was quilting when I could find the time, it all got done rather piecemeal. Sooooo. The corner to corner nature of things got twisted around as I lost my place & those Buddhist prayer flags are just blowing every which way.
The quilt went to the every-two-years quilt show held by the Tree City Quilt Guild in Gainesville, FL & then came home a week ago Sunday. It was hanging on the wall during bookclub earlier this week & M****** saw it for the first time & immediately recognized the blue sashing strip as scraps from a blue & white quilt currently on her couch. This quilt was more collaborative than I even realized!
This quilt is 50" x 50" ; it is actually square! It was made from all cotton fabrics as far as I know & 100% batting- of this I am certain. It was quilted with a cotton thread which is probably a factor in why the stitching is very visible, even on the same shade of pale blue fabric. I am entering it in the Home Machine Quilted category at the Blogger's Quilt Festival for Spring 2015.