Monday, August 23, 2010

Design Wall

I don't usually post the design wall on Monday, but this week I have something on the wall.  It's the same thing, at about the same stage of completion, that was on the wall last Monday too.  I'm still fighting a messed up sleep schedule and a cold, so haven't been very energetic.

This is five orphan blocks which I am putting together for a service quilt.  After I make some more nine patches, there will be an outer border cut from a panel of alphabet flower blocks, also pink, green, and yellow.  That should bring it up to size for a very feminine lap quilt, or I guess, a crib quilt for a little girl.

And speaking of nine-patches, does anyone else find them hard to make when they're cut from scrappy squares?  (I'm not strip piecing because I want more variety than that allows.)  I don't seem to be able to line up the little pieces accurately, and on a small block the mismatches really show up.


The Calico Cat said...

I have the same problem, but I try to go with it more often than not.

*karendianne. said...

Oh how pretty. There's going to be one lucky sweet person to be receiving this precious work. Wow! I'm impressed. Thanks for sharing your Wall.

As for the 9 patches - I'm into those scrappy little nine patches. I prefer that look as opposed to the control of the strip piecing. "Indian Paintbrush" has sweet scrappy nine patches and I loved them. Little 3.5" are perfect me thinks. I'm guessing I'm saying that since I'm not complaining about that I don't have much trouble. I do have to square them up though.

*karendianne. said...

Oops. ...and Be Well!

Debra said...

If I want scrappy 9 patches I still make them from strips but I change the strips more often and make shorter units.

Holler if you want me to quilt this one. I have a stack I am getting ready for fall when the temps drop in the garage (where the mid-arm is located).

Libby Fife said...

I haven't done a scrappy nine patch in a while so I don't recall any problems. My compromise would be to do one row via strip piecing and then just mix and match the different rows:)

Cute quilt too-I do love that border.

Karen said...

the quilt is going to be so beautiful. I know that if I were to try and make a nine patch it would be quite your having them just a bit off is amazing to me!!