Friday, January 18, 2013

A New Baby and My D9P Process

First of all, Baby Walt is here!  He arrived yesterday morning and is very healthy and sweet!  8 lbs and 7 ounces.  More baby quilts, and projects are on the horizon!  HERE and HERE are baby quilts already made for Walt.

My D9P Quilt process is almost "anything goes"! I spent some time cutting and gathering 5 inch squares. I was shooting for lots of florals and pastels. The only colors not included are black, brown, rust, fall like colors, very little red. I'm thinking Spring on this one.

I have 3 stacks of squares. One light, one medium and one dark.

When I make the 9 patches, I just pull 1 light for the middle square, 4 mediums for the corner squares and 4 darks for the middle/outer squares. I try not to worry about whether or not they look cute together! They will just be cut apart and put back together in a different place anyway.

Then I cut through the middle in both directions with the rotary cutter.

The pattern I chose requires me to turn the cut pieces like this.

If you turn them like this you end up with cute sashings and corner stones. That would be really nice if you used light squares for the outer/middle squares and the same dark center square for each block. This is the pattern being used by Impera Magna. It looks so nice!

This is one of those blocks that you can spin the center seam, which makes the block lay a little flatter.

See the cute little 4 patch created on the back when you spin that seam?

Here's the finished block!

I'm still working on the 3 inch cheddar bow ties as a "leader/ender" project. So on the right hand side of my sewing machine there are pieces for these. I've been doing these off and on for over a year and it may just take me a couple more to ever finish a quilt. I may make it a smaller, throw size quilt. In that case I would finish a lot sooner!

When I was cutting the 5 inch squares for the D9P, I was able to cut the 2 inch and 1 1/4 inch squares needed for the cheddar bow ties from the left over pieces.  

Have a great weekend!


Impera_Magna said...

Welcome to the world, baby Walt! Congratulations to the entire family!!!

You're making good progress with your D9P blocks, Debbie! So cool you're going scrappy... and get smaller blocks for your bowtie project at the same time!

Betty Lou said...

Congratulations on the arrival of new grandson, baby Walt. He can never have too many quilts. You are making great progress on your D9P, love the scrappy. Did you get connected to the D9P Flicker account?

Kathryn D. Duke said...

this is a fun quilt...we had it "demoed" when I was in our night guild that little swirly in the middle and I use it on many blocks now!!

Congrats on the new little one!!!