Sometime I’m going to make more intricate blocks. Really. I have. I can. I just don’t feel like it right now. Have I mentioned how much I love nine patches? I’m still not done with them.
This quilt was inspired by this large-scale snowflake batik from my stash that will be the backing, since I can’t possibly cut it up. It is a pale aqua, with creamy snowflakes that hold just a hint of yellow. Now that Christmas is put away, I have no winter throw quilts for the couch, and the spring one looks silly, so this is for me. I first thought of feathered star blocks for the front to be “snowflakes”. The more I looked at these and other star-like blocks, the more I knew I wanted to reach for my simple nine patches.
I pulled favorite fabrics from stash for this: some aquas that are a little “off” and don’t play well with the others; two kinds of birch trees; some batiks and a Grunge; some snow-capped trees; and the last of a favorite floral neutral in gray, white, and tan. Then I coordinated scraps from my 3 1/2″ bins.
I find the result cool, snowy, and happy. Twenty-four blocks done, ready to sew together today.
Hope you’re playing with some fabric today!
I’m linking up to Design Wall Monday on Patchwork Times.
January 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM
The effect is very wintery. So many design opportunities lie in those 9 patch combinations.
January 14, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Love – love – love your color palette!