Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Rainbow 9-Patch

I'm excited for another installment of the Blogger's Quilt Festival! Amy has done such a great job with it over the last couple years and I can't wait to browse through all the quilts that people are sharing.

A few weeks ago, I wasn't sure if I was going to have a new quilt to share for the festival this time, but I decided to get busy and finish this one up. I'm so glad I did! Here's my finished rainbow 9-patch (with my little girl peeking out from behind):
My son was the photographer for this one (above), but I found that I am not quite tall enough to hold it up nice and straight. I still wanted to share the straight-on view of it. Here's another shot of it spread out on the deck:
This is my second 9-patch quilt in this style (here's the first) and I had a lot of fun making it. I followed the one-a-day quiltalong instructions at Crazy Mom Quilts again, but this time I made a smaller quilt with 48 blocks instead of 70. It is about 58" x 74". For my first quilt like this I just made the blocks with whatever fabrics I liked, but this time I made them in a rainbow of colors, and I really like how it turned out.

It's kind of difficult to see, but the binding is pieced together in a rainbow, too. It was a bit of the challenge to figure out the math for that part, especially because the pieces are sewn together on an angle, but I think it worked out really well.

Here is the back: 
I had three blocks left over somehow, and I decided to put them into the back of the quilt. 
A few notes: 
*I free motion quilted this one with white thread, in an allover flower/loop pattern that you can see better in this blog post.
*All of the fabrics for the 9-patches were already in my stash, except the green print that is paired with the yellow henna garden fabric, and the purples in 2 of the purple blocks, which were given to me by my friend Kim. 
*I've been saying I was going to make a 3rd quilt like this, but I might be ready to take a break from 9-patches for a while. I am glad I made this second 9-patch--even though it is very similar to the first quilt, I feel like I learned more while making this one, mostly about color. Have you ever made the same quilt pattern twice? 

Thanks for stopping by; if you're new to my blog, I hope you'll come back again soon, or maybe even subscribe if you want! Now go look at more of the Blogger's Quilt Festival quilts! 
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56 comments:

Wendy said...

Vicki, your quilt is beautiful :) I really like your use of color ... I swear one of these days I'm going to do something like this! :)

Vicki W said...

Very pretty! Well done!

Cathy said...

Fantastic use of color, and perfect for a child. Love it!

Becky said...

Very pretty! Great use of color!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

This quilt is so pretty, I love how colourful it is and how you make the colour work so well :-)

Eileen said...

great, as always, vicki!! colors are fantastic. love how you explain things so well. have a great day and thanks for sharing, sweet lady! cute with your little girl peeking out behind

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

It's darling!! :)

bearpaw said...

I love your quilt and it's rainbow binding! It looks so good on that deck!

Cecily said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Such great colors and I love them all against the white. Beautiful!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I would love to try a 9-patch like this one. Your colors are beautiful!

quilthexle said...

great quilt! I love the nine patch block, and you did a wonderful job with your colour choices ;-))

Alisa said...

I like it! I like that the colors are organized in rainbow effect.

Janet said...

I've never made the same quilt pattern twice, but I can see why you would make this one twice. Simple, straight-forward, but oh so lovely once it's done. I love the colours.

stitchinpenny said...

A very nice quilt. I love this pattern and keep promising myself I will make it.

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Such a happy quilt! Great job.

Candied Fabrics said...

Love this...the border is so perfect and I LOVE the rainbow binding!

Jane said...

Crisp & clean. Great quilt!

Laurel H. said...

Your choice of colors in this quilt made it so pretty.

Jackie said...

Just beautiful! Love the bright and bold colors.

Allie said...

I love it - what a happy quilt!!!!

Jan said...

What a great use of your stash. Love the rainbow effect.

emedoodle said...

This quilt is beautiful!! I love your colors and the binding really makes it all pop! I just came across my 9 patch blocks that I started with that quilt along... I got bored and didn't make it far... maybe one day... :) Yours is inspiration to get back at it someday!

Lee D said...

great quilt. I now know what I will do with all my 9 patches I have been sewing off and on.

Kelli said...

this looks so pretty as a rainbow effect.
Great quilt!

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Doesn't it feel so good to get it done? Great job!

BJ said...

Pretty

Anonymous said...

Fabulous use of colour - I love all those nine patches on the white background.
Can only post anonymously at the moment...hope blogger sorts their glitches out soon! hjpurvis2002(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Karen said...

This is such a bright and cheerful quilt. Love the way you were able to mostly use your stash. Each block is set off so well against the white. Great border, too. Lovely work!

Lotti said...

This is such a pretty quilt

Debbie said...

Nice quilt! Neat you were able to do so much from your stash!

Kelly & Stephen said...

this is such a cherry quilt! Love the rainbow effect. and I haven't made the same pattern twice, but there are a couple that I'd like to just haven't had time to stop from the new ones I want to try too!

Debbie said...

Darn. I did a 'cut & paste' boo-boo. My previous comment was incorrectly linked! (Sorry Marci!)

verobirdie said...

Your choice of color makes this a beautiful quilt indeed!

baukje said...

Love your quilt, thanks for the link to Crazy Moms blog

Kate said...

Beautiful colors. Gorgeous quilt!

Laura K. said...

What a great design! Good work.

ladybugquilting said...

So Cute!, The Quilts awesome also!
Love it.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Very pretty and simply clean.

Logopaedchen/Kirsten said...

Oh I love your quilt - such a simple pattern looking so valuable. I love the colors and the back! Great work!

Anne Ida said...

Very pretty! Simple is often the best :o)

Anne at Film and Thread said...

The colors are so beautiful and cheerful and your little girl peeking around the corner of the quilt is just adorable

Kristy Armstrong said...

Very pretty!

Pattilou said...

Oh, how I love nine patches and your quilt is just smashing. Your use of color is shows your great sense of color! Wonderful!

Jennifer said...

Very, very pretty! I love nine patches and your quilt is so happy!

Jennifer :)

Manda said...

Great colours in there! Looks fab :)

Hollie said...

It's so great and I love the back!

Mitzi said...

Your quilt is great. I love the back of it, too! So pretty.

sally said...

New to your blog, but landed here from Bloggers' quilt festival. Great quilt great site. I plan on following.

Desley said...

Great colours. What a fun quilt. The back looks good too.

Side Stitches said...

I agree! I'm so glad you went with so many different colors. It makes the quilt so vivid and fun. I just love it!

Rachel said...

Waht a lovely quilt, I am digging the color play you have going on!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Cheers!
Rachel
http://www.dewberrylane.com

Karen said...

You did a great job--it really is a rainbow! Love the different blocks you used. I always piece the back of my quilts too, I love that it gives you two looks in one quilt.

Terri said...

Love it! Yes, I have made 7 snowball quilts. 6 went to grandkids - each in their favorite colors, and the 1st one went to Project Linus... in colors I liked.
I love your pieced border and binding. Good idea!

JCnNC said...

Love the colors of the rainbow. Wonderful quilt. Judy C in NC

lemonadegal said...

Very pretty! I love the color flow. It is a perfect rainbow.

Dresden Quilter said...

This is so beautiful. I have been at a stand still with mine trying to get to 70. I really like yours and am going to make mine the same size. That means I only have 8 to go. Thanks so much!