I was refolding quilts that reside in the jelly cupboard in our living room and pulled this one out to enjoy for a while. I made it before joining Andover Fabrics, so no Jo fabrics in it.
I named it ‘Forever Nines’, it is one of the quilts where I was playing with the 1 1/2″ finished Nine Patch blocks, so it is another small quilt. Deceiving isn’t it.
Looks like I didn’t straighten the top border edge, it has a bulge, maybe that happened while hand quilting the diagonal lines, it can happen when quilting bias lines, should be more careful. Does being imperfect add to the charm or make it feel more vintage?
I had pulled several red/rust prints to audition for the setting fabric and couldn’t make up my mind, so I decided to use them all. I like my answer.
This quilt was published in American Patchwork and Quilting, issue 61, Mar/April 2003, page 34.
Here is a close up of the hand quilting, I saw the design used in the alternate square on an antique quilt and thought it would look good on my quilt. What do you think?
I wonder if any of you handquilt anymore? I try to do at least a couple small pieces a year. There is something about the dimples of hand quilting and the way the quilt feels and drapes when hand quilted. Vintage appeal.
I’m still using Mountain Mist 100% cotton batting in my small quilts that I hand quilt (I can split this batting easily), I found some recently on-line and ordered more than one batt.
I am still using MM Blue Ribbon in my large quilts that are long arm machine quilted.
Happy quilting either by hand or the electric needle!