Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Nine Patch Variation Quilt and Give Away

Have you ever discovered a long lost quilt in a bag that was never finished? I did last week and decided this lovely nine patch variation quilt had to be finished and displayed for all to see! I pieced the top about 8 years ago, put it in a bag, and sadly left it among all my other UFO projects or what some quilters now call their PhD (projects half done).
 The pattern is in Alex Anderson's book Start Quilting.

This is my first time ever feeling confident enough to put my free motion quilting in a quilt.

This is a smaller version of Leah Day's Flower Ball.

This is another project I started awhile ago and never finished. I think I started it last summer so not bad compared to my Nine Patch quilt, although this is a much smaller project! The block is called Eddystone Light and in the book Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts by Pam Lintott. 
These are doll blankets for S's American Girl dolls. They sleep in bunk beds so the matching bedding is nice.

I played around with straight line quilting. The picture is not that great but you can see the quilting better on the bottom half of the block.

The quilting on this one is much simpler. 
I prefer the quilting on the other one even though it took a lot longer to complete. But it really makes a difference, doesn't it?

 I had to show the pillows inside the pillowcases. They are made with a piece from my vintage bedsheet collection. 

Remember the cute tote bag I made using Totally Trendy Totes 2.0 pattern and Soft and Stable stabilizer, both byAnnie? Now, I'm making another bag putting Soft and Stable to the test once again. The pattern is Newport Tote by Lazy Girl Designs. I made one a few years ago and I love the bag but it turned out a bit flimsy... so let's see if Soft and Stable can give my new bag some shape and body! I've started quilting the bag body with some wavy lines. I'm hoping to try some more free motion quilting for the tree trunks. 
The fabric collection is from Blend Fabrics called Timber and Leaf by Sarah Watts.

To make things really fun, I'm giving away a Totally Trendy Totes 2.0 pattern and an 18x58 package of Soft and Stable to one lucky follower! Just leave a comment and the random generator will pick the winner. If you'd like to follow my blog too that would be great but I'm not going to persuade you by offering an incentive. I'd like you to follow my blog because you like it :) Check back in 2 weeks (May 22nd) to find out if you will be receiving a lovely package in the mail from byAnnie

Happy sewing and quilting! 

Julie B.


  1. Isn't it lucky that fabric never goes off! I love pink and black together and your quilt looks lovely. Lovely that it has finally made it to the finished pile!

  2. Your ninepatch is beautiful! I love the color palette.

  3. I've just popped over from COAFA. What a pretty pink quilt. I haven't heard of phd's before. Very witty! Well done on all the finishes :-)

  4. Found you through crazy mom quilts. I love pink too and would love to win!

  5. Dropped by from CIGAWW - what a great finish to the 9 patch and I hope the stabiliser works for you with the bag :)

  6. What a pretty quilt, I love the colors!

  7. Such a pretty quilt! I like the look of straight line quilting - it really catches your eye. I am visiting from Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  8. The quilt caught my eye right away, I love anything with pink in it.
    thanks for the giveaway chance

  9. I'm a new follower. I know I will enjoy your blog!

  10. Ooh, great projects! I love both the 9-patch and the doll's quilts. I especially love those doll quilts--great colors, layouts and quilting designs. :)

  11. What a wonderful set of blocks and projects!
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  12. That's a gorgeous quilt - I'm glad you rescued it from the UFO bag! Your little AG quilts are sweet, too. Whoop whoop!!

  13. What a beautiful quilt. And great job on the quilting. I'm a newbie quilter myself, getting ready to FMQ my first baby quilt. Up until now it's been table runners and lots and lots of practice sandwiches.

  14. Just found one myself...must be the time of the year to rummage through stuff...

    love your quilts!!!

  15. I'm so glad you were brave enough to do some FMQ on your nine-patch. It's so much fun, isn't it? -Envy- of your vintage those little blocks, cute pattern but fabulous sherbet sheets!


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