Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Doll Quilt Swap 6 | Fresh Nines

It's been so great to see the nine-patch revival happening all around blog- and Flick-land lately, as evidenced by Amanda Jean's latest quilt-along, Happy Zombie's Bake Shop tutorial, and Anina's Three by Three block swap over at Twiddletails. Even Rita's getting in on the action! It seems that new takes on the classic nine-patch block are all the rage right now ... and I can honestly say that, for once, I was a bit ahead of the curve!

That's because I drew up the plans for this, my Doll Quilt Swap quilt, a few months back ...


I'm calling it "Fresh Nines"! What do you think?

It all started with a charm pack of the "Fresh" line that I received as a special bonus in a fat quarter swap a few months back. I played around with a few ideas, but ultimately settled on a mini nine-patch design. I'm really in love with the layout of one fabric in the four corners, another in between the corner blocks, and a third in the center square. I was first taken with this idea when I saw all of the beautiful blocks being made in this design for Erin in the original Virtual Quilting Bee.

And in my tradition of trying something new with everything I make, I opted for white linen instead of quilting cotton for the sashing. I think it gives it a nice, but subtle, touch. It was my first time sewing with linen, and I'm glad I bought enough of the white to use on another project!


This little quilt recently found its home with Jessica a.k.a. jmbmommy, who was also the recipient of my Gee's Bend quilt a few months back. The funniest part? She also made a 9-patch quilt for her partner ... the aforementioned Rita! Everything comes full circle ...


Here's a shot of my pieced backing ... I love the print with the hummingbirds, and since they were too big to fit in the little squares on the front, I decided to use it on the back.


I'm still waiting patiently for my doll quilt to arrive ... there are still so many great ones in the pool that just haven't found their way home yet.

29 comments:

  1. Bright, cheery and always lovea great 9 patch!

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  2. Hi John,
    I'm new to your site and to quilting in general. Love this quilt!

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  3. Great quilt! I love the "fresh" look!

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  4. you were ahead of the 9 patch curve.
    i remember seeing this on your flickr before the 9 patch revival started.

    it looks AWESOME!!!
    i can't wait to see the one that you get.

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  5. You are such a trendsetter! Lovely, almost citrus-y looking little nine-patch quilt.

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  6. oh oh oh! i love this! the colors make me totally happy. beautiful quilt and i love the backing fabric as well. fabulous!!

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  7. I love that doll quilt. Wishing it was mine! haha

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  8. Very cheery! Even the back is cute!

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  9. Love it! I got a 'fresh' charm pack for mother's day - can't wait to get me hands on it!

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  10. Would love to see a close up of the blocks! With all the improv, some seam matching is refreshing.

    Found those great ladybugs today!

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  11. Lovely quilt any dolly would be proud to own;) Love the 9 patch...I'm working on one right now;)

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  12. Ooh..thanks for the link to the BakeShop tutorial. I found lots of other things there that I may make.

    Have you made the skirts for your little girls?

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  13. Great quilt! I happen to know that your quilt is taking an unusual journey to you - and I think it's worth the wait!!! I'm still waiting for mine too, but suspect the PO card in my letterbox tonight means it's ready to be collected (well, that or more fabric, can't lose there!).

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  14. I absolutely adore the colors in this quilt and the fabric on the back is perfect!!

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  15. the colors on this are amazing! The name fits is perfectly. Beautiful job!

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  16. LOVE your quilt! it is adorable and the fabric is awesome!

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  17. yes, even I have gotten into the nine patch obsession! this doll quilt is so adorable and love the bright crisp colors you used!

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  18. I love your quilt! Sometimes the most humble of patterns make for the cutest quilts. well done

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  19. I love the bright colors! beautiful!

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  20. What a beautiful, bright quilt! I love anything 9-patch! :0)

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  21. I love the colors you used for this quilt.

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  22. I love the colors - especially the oranges. I just began working nine patches again too. I love them !

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  23. That is one cheerful quilt. 9 patches make beautiful quilts. So, good choice.

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  24. Great colors! I'm supposed to do a 9 patch for a virtual bee I'm in and this really helps me to "catch the vision"!

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  25. LOVE it! Those colors are great!

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  26. Wow! Again, great use of colour. Fresh is the perfect name for it! It's so bright and happy :-) Cute kids, too!

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