Tuesday, December 27, 2016

No looking back, just ahead

   Instead of reviewing this last year as I usually do,  I am looking forward.    I can't bear the mental trauma a review would cause.   I am just diving in to my plans for 2017.


   Nothing like  simple traditional patterns.  They evoke memories in us all.  The 9 patch often gets relegated to a fill-in block or maybe a good block for a border.  I have been very guilty of that type of thinking.  You can't live "Be Legendary" by thinking/playing in the same old mode.  This 9-patch wants to shine.









   After Shelia at Quilting in South Carolina did a program on 9 patch quilts at guild a few months ago, I pulled out my over flowing file of 9 patch quilts.   I have saved pages from years of magazines.     I want a simple layout.  That part is easy, as  my favorite is on point.   I have floral prints...lol...and a small bolt of white.  So that is decided on.  

   Lots of strips became my leaders/enders while I was piecing some flying geese.  Or was it the other way around.  Either way, I ended up with lots of 9 patch blocks and enough flying geese for a donation quilt.







   I am planning applique for some of the plain setting squares.  Or I think I am.....I am going to get a few done and see if it is what I want.   I am not sure if the applique blocks will fill in the center or just along the outer edge. I am making a few to see what I think.  If they are not used here.  then the applique blocks will be a start for something else.


 This is my selected project to start 2017.  And this is my simple formula for leaders and enders production, a la the scrap queen, Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.  

Recipe: Will yield 2 "9 patch" blocks
  2'' strips of white
  2'' strips of floral prints
For the prints (P):  Cut one length at 4 1/2'' and  two lengths at 8 1/2''.
From the white (W):  Cut two lengths at 4 1/2'' and one length at 8 1/2''.
   Sew strip units....4 1/2'' W-P-W and the 8 1/2'' P-W-P.   Press seams to print.
   Sub-cut----each unit is sub-cut at 2''.
 Then assembly 9 patch.  Block is 5 1/2'' unfinished.

    To finish off December I have two small quilts that are in the binding stage, and a couple that need to be pinned.....backing and batting to be cut.  I will start the new year with finishes for sure!  I am priming up for the new year.  Happy stitching.

13 comments:

  1. Looking ahead is a good plan and slow and simple works, too. I love the simple 9-patch. A classic block that can be 'dressed' up so many ways. Your pretty florals are going to make them come alive.

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  2. Great idea to look ahead. Love the 9-patch on point although I've never done one on point. Enjoy! ~Jeanne

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  3. I'm liking the look of that, with our without the applique. Have fun looking ahead.

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  4. Sometimes its fun to reflect...sometimes its fun to just jump ahead!! ENJoy!

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  5. Looking ahead is a good plan--always nice to enjoy someone else's finishes and hard work

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  6. I like the simplicity of your nine-patch. And thrilled for you to be starting the new year with finishes.

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  7. Always best to be looking forward. Your spring flower nine-patch looks like it will make a perfect first finish for the new year! Full speed ahead! (or whatever is full speed for folks our age lol!)

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  8. I love your use of the nine patch on point with lots of "white space" to play with for quilting. It is simple but elegant.

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  9. I love this, it's beautiful. I've always thought that chain quilts have an elegance to them with or without embellishment.

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  10. I love the nine-patch block. It's the first one I learned, and the Irish Chain is one of my favorite traditional quilt patterns. Good choice.

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  11. I'm another who loves 9 patch quilts, looking forward to seeing this one!

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  12. I like the idea of just looking ahead. I've noticed the last few years that people are no longer liking the idea of New Year's Resolutions and all of that, but I think I'll always spend my New Year's Eve and/or Day looking forward to what I want to improve on and what new things I want accomplish. Other than a few areas that just kinda need to be "re-visited", I have to admit that in going through this process here in a few days, I'm going to avoid looking back as much as possible. Here's to a wonderful and healing 2017 for you, filled with much joy and happiness, fun new projects and maybe even a few pleasant surprises!

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  13. I like how this one is coming along. I vote for the floral appliques.....very petty & different.

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