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Monday, January 25, 2016

DWM: Dancing Nines

I had a productive quilting week, as I shared in the two previous posts.  I appreciate the many comments on both Blue Coins and Postage Stamp Stars.

Last Monday I showed the 9-patch blocks on my design wall.  They are made from 2" squares and thus are 5" unfin/4.5" fin.  I was pretty sure I would set them alternately with hourglass blocks.   I made a sample. I was not excited.

I did a Google images search for "nine patch quilts" and Bonnie Hunter's Dancing Nines came up.  It was just what I wanted.  Click here to see the pattern.

Speaking of 9-patches, here are multiple mini-9's (3.5" unfin) for the Block Swappers. I didn't participate in the quarterly swaps last year and I want to replenish my supply.

If you click on flimsy completion tab at the top of the page you'll note that the to-be-quilted list is shorter. Not only have I finished three quilts this month, but I've also sold four flimsies.  I listed them on the Quilters Virtual Yard Sale Facebook group.  Selling flimsies is not a light decision. Am I giving up too easily? If I quilt it myself will it look decent? If I pay to have it quilted will I get my money's worth (particularly important for a charity donation)?  The proceeds from these sales will go into my sewing machine savings account.

I'm linking up with the usual suspects at
Patchwork Times  (Design Wall Monday)
Love Laugh Quilt  (Monday Making)
Quilting is More Fun Than Housework (Oh Scrap!)

P.S. Here's a photo of this morning's sunrise.  When I went out to the back yard to take the picture I heard bird calls . . . how many weeks until spring?


  1. Doubt I would pay to have a charity quilt quilted. Tying would be preferable. Actually, I've never paid to have any quilt quilted! There is a way to quilt on your domestic machine without cramming top, batt, and backing into the small harp. It's like quilting a table runner! I piece the backing together entirely; leave the top in three sections; lay batting 1" larger on all sides than the center top section onto center of backing; pin baste the center top; roll up the upper and lower backing; quilt the center, leaving 1" unquilted on upper and lower edges; sew on the upper top; hand baste the upper batt to center batt with huge herringbone stitches; baste and quilt upper section, leaving the quilted center section hanging off the machine bed to your left; repeat for lower section. Now figure the cost of having it quilted and put the savings in your machine fund! Keep on quiltin'

  2. I admire your ability to get so many postage stamp blocks done and square! I like Bonnie's quilt, but I think I like the hourglass blocks with them better. How's that for being no help? lol

  3. I did a 3.5" 9-patch exchange with my guild when I lived in Alberta! I made a fabulous quilt (if I do say so myself) based on a pattern in McCall's magazine...don't have a pic, or I would send it to you. Beautiful sunrise, and after living many years in Alberta, I totally get the longing for spring you express. January was a terrible month for me. I had never heard of selling flimsies! That WOULD be a hard decision. Thankfully I only have one right now; let's not talk about WIPs though...

  4. I love scrappy 9 patches because they are so versatile. Thanks for sharing yours with Oh Scrap!

  5. You have lovely blocks here as well as a gorgeous sunrise! :)

  6. I really like the cheddar background for your Dancing 9 patches. That's going to be a fun quilt.

  7. That dancing nines IS a great pattern and such a pretty sunrise! :)

  8. Your Dancing 9s is great -- I too like that cheddar background. I don't think I could sell my flimsies but I'm looking at selling some things I need to get rid of in the next few months. Let's see if I actually do it!

  9. good decision on the dancing nines...

  10. The cheddar Dancing Nines will be wonderful, but I also liked the hourglass alternative. Pretty sunsets mean you are up early enough to catch them!


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