September 2021 Quilt Projects
Since I am apparently just going to make quilt tops for the rest of my life, and never finish them, I thought I would post a few.
A benefit to this photo session was that I got lots of exercise going up and down the steps to take pictures from the balcony!
Last year I was given bags and bags of pre-cut squares, and I really enjoy grouping them by theme and color family and turning them into tops.
For this first one, I used up every single square of neutral-colored, horse-themed fabric.
In the donations, there was a huge assortment of kid fabrics that called out to be put into “I Spy” quilts, so I made four alike. There are 48 different fabrics in the large squares, and some repeats in the small squares.
After staring at one of the quilts one day, it occurred to me that I could have made them with the disappearing nine-patch method! So I started another top to check that out.
Here is a diagram I have posted before to illustrate the concept. (For some reason, out of everything I have ever done, this is about the only thing pinned on Pinterest, and it is pinned way more than I think it deserves.)
I am still deciding on the final arrangements. Here are some possiblilities:
I think I am going to go with the second option, the gray center with the sash-and-cornerstone look. I will be more precise with where I arrange the large blocks though, and move matching ones farther from each other.
I have heard that whether you create this design the traditional way, by cutting pieces of various sizes; or this way, by piecing nine-patches first and then recutting, the actual amount of cutting is the same. By my reckoning, for eight of the blocks (each having one large square, one small square, and two strips), it would take 19 cuts the traditional way, and only 12 the nine-patch way. And for the finished quilt, I will have to cut small pieces to balance the sashing all around, so maybe that will make it about the same. But for me, making nine-patches first certainly feels like a lot less fussing with picking up pieces, matching corners, etc.
One of these days I am going to have to quilt some of these!