New Orleans House Project

Saturday, September 12, 2015

RSC 15: Never Tired of Nine Patches

It was great to celebrate Labor Day with a 3-day weekend, but the following 4 workdays seemed even longer and more stressful than usual!  I was more than happy when Friday afternoon rolled around, even if it was stormy & rainy.  We are anticipating the first wave of cooler weather here in the Gulf South, and the weather forecasters are saying temps will be in the 50s tomorrow morning here at the camp.  Porch-sitting weather, for sure!

Despite my orange block prep of the previous week, only 9 patch blocks were finished this week.  Even though they are simple and humble, I never get tired of 9 patch blocks.  In fact, I have an entire Evernote notebook devoted to 9 patch quilt variations.  I already have 2 or 3 new 9 patch quilts designed in my head! 

Even though I mentioned working on my Happy, Scrappy House blocks during September, I knew I needed to add a finishing touch to these Scrap Jar Stars first.  When I finished the initial block and border assembly on the quilt top, I thought it was too small.  I wanted to add a border to increase the quilt's size, but I didn't have enough of the multi-color dotted background fabric to create a larger border.  I experimented with quite a few different fabrics, but nothing looked right.  After some consideration, I decided the quilt would never be used on a bed, so the smaller size wasn't as important as I was making it out to be.  I had just enough of the dotted fabric to make a final, narrow border that completed the 9 patch block secondary effect.  The final size is about 59" x 72".

We are having friends over for dinner tonight, but thankfully the menfolks will be doing most of the cooking.  I just need to clean the house and set the table.  I will be enjoying my sewing vicariously today via the Rainbow Scrap link-up!


25 comments:

  1. Angie, those Scrap Jar Stars are AMAZING. What an adorable presentation. I think I have just found the setting for my 16 patch Sawtooth Stars...thank you!

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  2. I LOVE these scrappy stars and the secondary pattern with the 9-patches.

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  3. Your scrap jar stars are beautiful. I would love to see all the great 9 patch possibilities for quilts that you found. Enjoy your evening with friends.

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  4. The stars and nine patches really sparkle!! They are so pretty. I never tire of nine patches either.

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  5. Can never go wrong with 9-patches. Fun, fun.

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  6. I love nine patches, too. And there are so many wonderful settings that I think I could make them forever and never have a duplicate.
    Your scrappy stars are fabulous! The corner nine patches are the perfect touch.

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  7. I love your selection of ORANGE fabrics!! I never tire of 9-Patch blocks either. In fact, I'm off to make a few Tiny Nines right now!

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  8. I lovelovelvoe your scrap jar quilt! it's fantastic! and the border/sashing is just perfect!

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  9. The scrap jar stars quilt at 59 x 72 is the perfect size to snuggle under as you sit on the porch in the cooler weather. The 9 patches with the white centres look like life savers - so neat.

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  10. I agree about nine patches . . . and your Scrap Jar Stars top is EXACTLY the right size. Shall I send along my address? (giggle)

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  11. Your scrap jar quilt is simply awesome. The stars and nine patches are playing so well together. Very sparkly.

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  12. Goodness what beauties! You must be thrilled how they all look together, you do have lots of scraps!

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  13. The combination of colors and the blocks is very lively. A great quilt, just the right size.

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  14. I love your scrap jar star setting, what a great idea! I might steal it for mine!

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  15. What a perfect setting for your scrap jar star blocks. I think the two light/multi blocks are my favorites. Beautiful!

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  16. Wow! Your scrap jar star quilt is gorgeous. It is also a nice size.

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  17. Happy day! Your quilt is fabulous.

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  18. Vibrant nine-patches, and I just LOVE your Scrap Jar Stars, it sparkles.

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  19. Me either! NIne patches are the best
    Wow- this is a great great quilt!!!

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  20. There really is something about 9-patches.:) Love seeing yours in progress!

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  21. Oh My!!! I love those awesome scrap jar stars! What an great quilt top!

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  22. I love orange, the scrap jars and the treadle 15! Back basting is my favorite applique method.

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  23. Love your star project. Ohhhh...porch sitting time and cooler weather is a real treat!

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  24. I love nine patches too. I did one in blues and white and hand quilted it for one of my sons about two years ago.

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