Spent a lot of the weekend getting things organized to get started on the next project in Quilters Academy Vol 1.
I have a floral/leaf print with a purple background for my border and larger nine patch blocks.
The green is the background and the dark purple is the contrast in the double nine patch blocks.
I had originaly purchased an orangey tone on tone for the small nine patches but after checking it with my ruby beholder i realized that although colour wise it looked fine, it was too light in value. The print and the green were purchase in Kamloops last summer on a trip to visit my MIL.
Saturday morning i had to make a trip to the local quilt store 🙂 The one here in town is not my favorite store in the world, (my favorite is an hour west, but i dont’ venture out there too much in winter and we have had freezing rain , snow and nearly everything else in the last few days.) but i figured i would be able to find a purple and I did !
While i was at the store i decided to pick up the fabric for Carrie’s Double Irish Chain Baby Quilt which is coming up after after this and the next project.
I found a really cute fish print, but the store here is lacking a good selection of solids (what i wanted for the chains) and I couldn’t find what i wanted. But I bought some anyways and found a really cute carousel horse print but again no solids to match. I decided i would head to Fabricland on Sunday.
Sunday morning saw me in the sewing room bright and early cutting the strips for the small center nine patches.
These are for the 12 nine patch blocks that are in the center of the double nine patch blocks. Just regular nine patches, finished at a one inch grid.
Pretty quick sewing, no issues , my measurements seemed good, seams correctly sewed and pressed!
Here are my 12 center nine patch blocks all done!
I love the green and purple together.
Off to Fabricland around 12:00 , really needed a new blade for the rotary cutter , and figured i could snag a couple of solids for the upcoming baby quilt lesson.
Blade was 30% off and i got a bit of fabric too…… got 1 meter of pink and purple for the baby quilt plus a meter of white ( buy 1 get 2 free) got 5 fabrics to go with the fish print i got on saturday some were 50% off, and one was also in the ( buy one get 2 free sale)so i got a meter of 2 different fabrics. and got a meter of fabric for the back of the Country Lanes runner that i made in a previous lesson and it was only $ 6.50 per meter!
While hubby watched the superbowl , i was in the sewing room making a start on the corner blocks for the double nine patch blocks.
They are not made like a true nine patch as they have a piece on the top and bottem that is double the width ( so 2″ ) of the squares.
So i decided to do one set of 24 first , and do the second set separately to avoid confusion. Good plan!The strips sets are made the same for the center row, but the top and bottem you need a 1 1/2″ strip of purple and a 2 1/2 strip of green. You need to make a total of 48 of these, and they have to be divided up into 24 and each sewn differently so the diagonal line of purple squares heads in the right direction.
segments for the left and right corner squares all cut out! (colour is really off in this photo)
everything went well, till i was ironing my squares after the 3rd row was sewn on , thats when i realized something was amiss!
a lot well, nearly all of the green on the last row were a bit short and didnt match in length to the center row.
I measured and they were 1/8″ too short,
COLOUR FAIL AGAIN !!
NOT SEEING THEM WHILE SEWING, FAIL !!
How could i not notice this when sewing??
Out came the seamripper, curses aimed at myself filled the air 🙂
and that was where my sunday night ended, on the couch watching Top Gear with DH and un picking my blocks!
Monday evening was a whole new day…. and a success!
I only got half of the blocks done, tomorrow night i will sew the other ones in the other configuration!
cheers till next time!