Friday, October 9, 2009
This is my favorite quilt to date. This doll-sized crazy 9-patch was made for one of my nieces back in March of 2008. I hadn't been quilting long at this point. And this was my first non-strippy quilt attempt. I found the tutorial for the crazy 9-patch on Jenny Beck Harris' All Sorts blog. I fell in love with the vintage fabrics she used in her tutorial.
I just love this quilt. It makes me smile every time I look at these pictures. To me everything seemed to gel perfectly for this quilt. The fabrics are bright, cheery, and vintage looking. There are actual vintage reproductions in there too. The quilting was one of my first "original" free-motion designs that went beautifully with the quilt. It is also one of the first quilts that I did with a border. Though, that really isn't saying to much since I had just started quilting the previous fall (2007) :)
The Crazy 9 Patch block was so much fun to sew. The finished quilt looks like I spent a lot of time piecing all those small rectangles together when actually most of it was done through cutting a stack of blocks and resewing them together again.
The scrappy border pulls out most of the fabrics from the middle. I really like scrappy borders because the use up the leftover fabric from the block creation. I tend to enjoy scrappy quilts the best because they are "reusing" something that may have been discarded. Not exactly recycling but definitely using up what one has on hand.
And to top it off this quilt went to one of my nieces, like I mentioned before. I feel like I am keeping a family tradition where the aunts make the nieces quilts. I received one from my grandmother and my aunts when I was about 8 or 10.
The quilt was red and white. The red fabric had little strawberries all over it. It was a simple quilt with alternating blocks of red and white, but the white blocks had these large appliqued strawberries on them made from the red strawberry fabric. To give you some backstory, my nickname in my mother's family was strawberry, so I of course received a strawberry quilt. I still have the quilt even though it is in sad need of repair.
Now go pop over to Park City Girl's blog and see the rest of the show! :)
Backing for the Quilt
A close up of the flower motif after washing.
A close up of the flower quilting motif with my guidelines still showing before I washed the quilt.
Quilt top before quilting
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