Friday, December 11, 2009

The Patchwork Throw

I need to dedicate this post to all those out there who make patchwork quilts. It isn't easy and I raise my hat to you. I thought the disapearing 9 patch looked easy enough for me to have a go at. Some of the photos were taken using artificial light and some with natural, the true colour of the fabrics is somewhere between the two.

I carefully measured and cut 81 5" squares and sewed them into 9 patch blocks. There was a little unpicking and one or two naughty words, but I got my 9 blocks. 5 of one style and 4 of the other. Then I cut them into quarters and rotated each piece 45 degrees clockwise. I had to do a bit of trimming and juggling the pieces about until I could sucessfully sew the pieces back together to make new blocks.

This is what the first block looks like cut, rotated and sewn back together. Below is the second block.

It is easy to see that these blocks will need to be squared up and I hope that after that the seems will match. If they do then I will sew them together sort of like this. The greyish blocks will be needing something to help them to integrate and I may free machine stitch some Klimpt like trees on those, or something.

If I can't get the seems to line up properly, I will a) say something rude and b) attempt to rearrange the blocks so that it doesn't show too much.


Julie said...

You're doing well Wendy, it's looking good. I'm working on my baby cot quilt too and it's hard work even though it's less than 3 foot square. Good luck with finishing your quilt.

yarngoddess said...

Gorgeous and a sophisticated color scheme! Something in the gray squares would be a fabulous addition, but don't let that be the stumbling block that makes you chuck it into a box in the corner.
This one needs to be enjoyed, thrown casually but confidently across the corner of the sofa.
I'm waiting till after the new year to start the yellow and green baby quilt. Focus is necessary.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I have made disappearing 9 patch blocks but haven't put them together yet. I love yours. They're lovely.I hope you had a great Christmas, wendy.