Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Needlework Tuesday - Inspiration Takes Time

 I traded for these blocks in 2000-2001. I was quite excited by all these 9 patches arriving in my mailbox.  Then they sat and sat and aged and I still didn't put them in a quilt.  Last week I showed you how I updated them using a disappearing 9 patch method.  The first photo shows my original layout.  I alternated blocks that had light or dark at the outer corners and left space for sashing.  Too busy.

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 Next I put the light corner blocks in the middle and the dark corners to the outside. It's a little more defined, but still not what I wanted.
Add another round of sashing.  Now it's heading the right direction.  This seems to tune down the busyness.
 Since this was a 50 State swap, I wanted to emphasis that it was American. First I selected the 9 blocks with light corners that were mostly red, white and blue and put them in the centre.  The blue fabric with the tiny white stars for the sashing was bought years ago.  The cornerstones with the fussy cut blue stars was an afterthought that I am very happy about.  I am still undecided about a border.  Perhaps 3 or 4 inches if I can find a red and white stripe.

Last evening I put some decorative stitches on the Christmas stocking.  I used a fluffy yarn to duplicate stitch a couple of snowflakes. The pattern is one that I purchased many years ago and is no longer available.   Now my stocking are all ready for filling.

Tomorrow I'll have a special post of Advent or Christmas countdown calendars.

I'd love to see what you've been stitching on. Mister Linky is waiting below for the link to your current needlework post.


Tami said...

Beautiful quilt. I love all the time you took to remake the blocks and try various layouts. It turned out perfectly.

Marie said...

Nice work, Heather. Great choice in adding the sashing. It really does make it less busy. The fussy cut stars along with the red and white stripe border you're thinking about would finish it off nicely and make it scream "America". ;)

Nice Christmas stocking, too. Great blue colour and delicate snowflakes.

Have a great week!