Splitin' 9 Patch »
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Funky, Traditional
56"x86" traditional piecing Fabric requirements: main color print 3 yds. color 2 (white) 1 3/4 yds. Color A (red) 1 1/2 yds Backing 5 yds. if you are using a different fabric for the border than used in the center you'll need 3 - 3.5 yds. depending on how large you want the border.
What was your inspiration?
Nicole, my niece. She'll be returning to Northwestern University where she'll be working on getting a degree in Material Sciences.
Her favorite colors are red and black. i collected fabric for well over a year and discarded most of it when I put the fabrics together for this quilt. This goes together very quickly once you've got your fabrics selected. I used different fat quarters in various reds for the accent blocks, one main fabric for the center, and a black and red paisley for the border. The back is a different fabric as well. Since the quilt will be in Chicago, I made it extra thick to help keep her warm.
What are you most proud of?
She loves it.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Play with fabrics you like. This is a fairly easy pattern and once you start the tuffest thing is turning the block. One other thing I'll mention is that I did this as in large 3 large panels and quilted each panel then took the center panel and attached the left side then the right. Then I added the borders once side at a time and quilted them. Since I have a difficult time with the weight of large pieces, this way I find allows me to quilt them myself and I don't have to use sashing on the front or back. I don't do any quilting in the 2 inches on each side of each panel so that I can sew them together. then once the panels are connected I go back and quilt in those few inches. Sounds like a lot of work I know but it makes my hands much happier.