Monday, May 24, 2010

Starting a new quilt

Due to hubby's insistence and the encouragement of friends, I made time this afternoon to work on my quilting. When I finished my first quilt, I made a commitment to complete another quilt for the church's women ministries charity program. I am temporarily setting aside my grandfather's quilt as his birthday is not until December.

The church gave me two colors of fabric to start with but I wanted to have most of my fabric in hand before starting. The last quilt was a challenge because we were planning out the design as I was putting the blocks together. That type of on-the-fly planning is totally against my nature. So last night, hubby and I went to Joann's and picked out a few more fabrics. The two purple fabrics in the foreground are the ones the church provided and those in the back are the ones we picked out last night.

I decided I wanted to do something a little more complicated than my first quilt so a friend suggested I try a Double 9 Patch block. Searching around the internet I found these instructions for a 12 inch quilt block, which is exactly what I need to reach the 49" x 60" measurements the church wants. Until I sat down to work out all the math, I had no idea how small the squares would be or how many I would have to cut out.

So far I've cut out 46 squares that are 1 7/8" each. According to my calculations, I need 160 lavender squares total so I have a lot more squares to cut out tomorrow.

This quilt is my inspiration so I'm excited to see how my quilt will turn out.


Joyful Saint said...

Honey, you need to learn how to stip quilt....exact same outcome...lots less time.
One quick hint...imagine the top row of one of your patches....little square, rectange, little square. Now cut a strip the size of you square, a strip the width of your rectangle, another strip the size of your square and sew the smaller strips to the outside of your larger strip. Now cut crosswise and you've made about 15-17 identical top rows for your nine you see how it would work?

Ann@His Grace To Me said...

That double 9 patch quilt is lovely! Can't wait to see your finished quilt. I like the colors you've chosen.