Friday, May 22, 2020

Disappearing 9-patch My Way

Hi Quilty Friends,

I hope you all are well and healthy.  I'm enjoying summer-like weather here in Southern California.  Cherries are in season and I made some Sweet Cherry Freezer Jam today.  It's really easy and I can enjoy the taste of summer from the freezer all year long.  I got the recipe from this website.  One recipe makes 5 half pint jars.

I started working on a quilt for the Hands2Help challenge since last week using the charm pack that I bought from a fundraising event at my local guild.  It's been sitting in my stash pile for sometime now.  I brought it out to see if I could make anything out of it.  Here they are sorted by value; dark, medium and light.  I'm challenging myself to make something.

I started to play with the pieces and came up with this top.

I like 9-patch block very much.  As a matter of fact, my very first quilt was a 9-patch.  I learned real quick that 4 1/2" 9-patch blocks are not for beginner quilters.  Anyway, I'll tell you that story another time.

Then I remembered a pattern called Disappearing 9-Patch which I like very much.  A mischievous thought came to mind; I would make my own disappearing 9-patch quilt.  I cut up the top above with a 6 1/2" square ruler and came up with this quilt top below.  I stared at it for 2 full days and realized that a circular quilting is for this one too.  I used flannel for the back.  I love to back child size quilt with flannel.  It makes the quilt so warm and cuddly.
Hands2Help quilt front
Hands2Help quilt back

When I started making it, I didn't know what to expect.  Even when I pieced the new top together, I still didn't know if I would like it.  Only when I finished quilting it that I realized that I really like it.  It's different and the whole quilt came together in a really smooth way, no difficulty or hiccup in any way.  I quilted it with my good old Juki TL-98E.  This machine is 16 years old!!  It still runs like a champ.

It has been almost 3 months now that we have had the lock down.  We are trying to look at it in a positive way.  I have more time to sew and be productive.  We walk more even when we need more groceries; we walked instead of driving.  I'm getting to know my neighborhood better.  Flowers are blooming everywhere.  There are many ducks and geese in the park near our house.  Here are some of the pictures.

I'm so grateful for many blessings in my life, my husband, my children and friends.  And I'm very grateful for all of my quilty friends out there.  You are wonderful.

Still many charm squares left, I can see that there will be more charm quilts in my future.  

Keep calm and quilt on....... 

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  1. Margo, best disappearing 9-patch ever!!! I would've enjoyed seeing some inbetween photos, as I'm trying to imagine what exactly you did to the original quilt. I can imagine. Awesome quilting, too! I enjoyed seeing the flowers from your neighborhood.

  2. I've made 9-Patch quilts. I've made Disappearing 9-Patch quilts. I've even made a quilt using strip insertion, but I have NEVER considered combining the techniques. Brilliant, Margo!!!

  3. Great approach to the 9 patch - I like the way it turned out.

  4. Sew interesting! It’s a work of art!

  5. Beautiful! This finish is right up my alley. : )

  6. Oh, Margo -- it's terrific! I'm with Joyful Quilter -- I've made the components many times but never together.

  7. Margo, this is my favorite disappearing nine-patch I have ever seen. I have always been intrigued by the process, but not so much by the result, so I have never made one myself. This unique, modern look, though is fresh and inspiring! And, thanks for sharing the photos and reminding us what can be beautiful in this surreal time.


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