"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Friday, October 3, 2008

My Bohemian Heart

Last month our sewing group, the Port Patchers (in Esperance, WA), had a workshop with Jane, one of our members. We'd been eyeing off some of her recent quilts - she had made a couple of very different ones using exactly the same block and she encouraged us all to try this very easy idea.

I'm not sure what the block is called (perhaps someone can tell me?), but you make a 9-patch block, then cut it into quarters. You can make as many 9-patch blocks as you like, cutting each one into quarters, then you re-arrange them into the quilt top. It looks best if you choose a balance of light and dark with the centre of the 9-patch as a highlight (you can see my orange bow-ties were the centre block, then cut in four to give the smallest square in the re-assembled pattern).

Everyone did something different - some chose baby prints and cut 3" squares to make up the 9-patches, others chose 4" squares and batik prints or florals. My 14yodd chose Egyptian prints and it's turning out gorgeous with reds and blues (I'll blog the photo when she's finished) but I chose funky colours mostly from Anna Maria Horner's Bohemian range and others from Free Spirit. I chose a chocolate Crystal fabric for the borders, and decided to add a few square-in-a-square blocks for impact in the third border.

To finish I'll be adding one more border, and quilting with No.12 Perle threads. I'm hoping to have this finished by the end of October, but first I have a redwork quilt to make for my middle daughter...and of course all those Christmas presents! You will never hear me say "I'm bored"....

God bless!


Anne (aussieannie) said...

I never tire looking at your beautiful work, this is so beautiful and obviously hours of very talented fingers, thank you for sharing!

MYRA said...

It is called the Disappearing 9-Patch... I love your fabrics! Wonderful! Love your outer boarder here also...very effective. 8-)
Happy stitchings, and thanks for visiting my blog! 8-)