Wednesday, 9 August 2017

vintage 9patch

In my ventures this year to use up all my scraps, every now & then I take a break from present projects, and dig deep into my storage baskets. I came across a set of 3 1/2" strips all cut out and thrust into one end of a scrap basket.
Not a UFO as such, just a bunch of pre-modern florals & solids all mixed up together, and tied up with a strip of selvage. I'm sure I must have had a plan sometime, however today I just began sewing them together.



What actually attracted me back to this little collection was the hefty amount of solids,
and {inset smile} solids never go out of style do they?


Simple sewing, random and without a plan. 
Nothing was nicely matched into light and dark nor did it fall into any clear patterns
- but I was happy enough to be sewing with solids
and, there were some of my oldish favourite florals included too.


Before too long I had a bunch of 25 all joined up together,
and I plan now on making another 11 blocks to get it up to a decent size.




Sew happy to have found a way to keep things moving forward with these fabrics
. . . and if nothing else, it'll make a good backing for another quilt !

Linking up this week with Lorna for 'letsbeesocial' here
and with Esther for 'WiPs on Wednesday' over here

16 comments:

  1. WOW, great find and great stash busting! Have you made a dent in your stash? My cupboard is groaning under the weight...........and still I buy more fabric!!!

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  2. I hadn't thought to use a 9 patch for a backing fabric but it would work nicely I bet but I always like patchwork for the quilt itself too - makes a nice old fashion picnic cloth.

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  3. These are gorgeous -- LOVE them!!!

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  4. Nine patch blocks are the best for these strips, your combinations are wonderful as usual. I love finding bundles of forgotten fabrics, it's like shopping.

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  5. Wonderful mix of solids and florals! The simple pattern is perfect for them! I try to remember that not every fabric has to be made into a complicated pattern in order to shine.:)

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  6. Sometimes having no plan is the best plan!!

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  7. a lovely retro feel to this quilt in progress, honestly I can't get over how productive you are with your quiltmaking.

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  8. I love it when you come across previously "lost" fabrics and find a new use for them. This quilt is going to be wonderful!

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  9. It's lovely to find a bundle of fabric you forgot about, like visiting an old friend. The nine patches are coming together to make a lovely cozy snuggling quilt, it will look so warm and inviting. Just the thing for the approaching too fast autumn.

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  10. It's wonderful to find half your work done. I love the floral/solid mix and what an easy way to make a useful quilt. Good job.

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  11. Classic! And I agree with Julie, it has a lovely retro look.
    Quick work Linda.

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  12. What a great find. I'm impressed you sewed the pieces up so quickly into a top. Too nice to be relagated to being a backing.

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    1. Thanks Linda. My daughter has already laid claim to it, her 3rd baby is due end of October. She thinks this vintage-y one will be great!
      So I better get a wriggle on! (I do recall her husband saying ‘no more quilts’ though!)

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  13. Great way to use up those floral scraps. You've been moving along with many of your projects.

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  14. Love your nine patch, the fabrics make all the difference to this lovely old pattern and your blocks are so beautifully fresh looking!

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  15. love it. and I think it will be perfect for the baby. what do husbands know anyway LOL

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