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Sunday, January 18, 2015

DWM: Blue Stars, with design notes

I joined the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year.  A different color is featured each month  Amanda says, " You just need to dig out some scraps in that color and make something--anything."

January's color is blue.  I have 600+ 3.5" nine-patches from the Block Swappers. I pulled out all that had blue corners/center and put them on the design wall.  Hmm. Nice, but nothing special.







What about grouping them? I liked the look of the double nine-patch for this month's Block Lotto (done in black-and-white). How about a double nine-patch in blue?









I made 20 double nine-patch blocks. What about sashing? What color? I posted this photo to the Quiltville Open Studio Facebook group and got many suggestions.  Several people said, "None of these. They compete for attention with the blocks. Use navy."  I thought the corners of the nine-patches would get lost with navy sashes and that the overall effect would be pretty dark.



In the end, I did use navy but I didn't use sashing. The star blocks feature light-cornered nine-patches from the Block Swappers. The flimsy is 64 x 78 and used 5 yards from my stash.


I'm linking up at Scrap Happy Saturday (a day late, but the flimsy wasn't finished until Sunday evening) and Judy's Patchwork Times.

18 comments:

  1. I love it! I'm not one to think of dark for setting triangles very often. I'm going to add that one to my process arsenal.

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  2. WOW! I love seeing the evolution of this quilt. (Heck you do it frequently and it is great to see the progression.) I liked the simple nine patches on the cream background. But the stars and 9 patches is wow! as I stated earlier. Wonderful job. And, a good use of the 9 patches you had hanging around. Did you have to make the star blocks? And, I just noticed they have a 9 patch in the center. Wonderful quilt.

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie -- the "cream background" is my design wall. (It's a piece of batting.) I made the star blocks for this project. I think I've mastered the Tri-Recs ruler set. I had to make about 25 blue-corner 9-patches to add to those in my stash.

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  3. Oh dear I love this. I've a batch of blue nine patches that have been waiting for just the right project. Maybe this is the inspiration I needed, thanks!

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  4. Wow! Gorgeous. It's amazing what can be done with leftovers.

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  5. The stars add so much to the plain old 9-patches! Good call.

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  6. Your quilt is gorgeous. I'm glad you didn't go with the sashing.... you ended up with a stunning quilt. The star blocks are perfect.

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  7. The star blocks make this a real stunner! I love blocks made with the Tri-Recs. They always have great movement. Beautiful quilt.

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  8. gorgeous as usual nann...i would have voted for yellow but you made the right choice...

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  9. Great way to use up your blue scraps. It's a gorgeous quilt.

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  10. Great use of your blue nine-patches! I love the stars you added, great setting too.

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  11. Nine patches are endlessly versatile, as your gorgeous design proves! Congrats on a beautiful flimsy.

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  12. Dear Nann--loved your choices. The setting squares with the 9 patches really add to the quilt. The alternate blocks were a perfect pick. Woohoo!!

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  13. Your finished top is gorgeous - perfect choices!

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  14. Your finished quilt is beautiful. Hard to believe that it started out as nine patches from a swap!

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  15. Beautiful - that secondary block makes all the difference.

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  16. This is a stunner! fab work.

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