Friday, January 30, 2015

Celebrating a Friday Finish ...

... and completion of a UFO

Are you like me?  I love to design on the fly, maybe using a pattern for inspiration, but using resources on hand, making it work somehow, some way.

This morning I finished my version of Notable 9-Patch, a design by Sandy Bonsib for American Patchwork and Quilting circa 2007.

Notable 9-Patch

(I didn't crop my photo so you could see where I photograph finished tops.  That's my living room floor, photographed from the bridge that connects the upstairs bedrooms.  Some day I plan to have a design wall large enough to accommodate a whole quilt!)

When a guild friend showed me the downloadable pattern -- probably around 2008 -- I immediately set aside some toile that I had been saving for a special project along with the gold fabric that I had purchased at the same time. I must have purchased a bolt of that gold because I've used it in at least three quilts!

The 9-patches are made from 2-1/2" strips that a friend cut for me from her stash about 5 years ago.

If you read my earlier post you know I faced a conundrum on what to do with the edges because I had constructed the quilt in a straight setting rather than on-point as the pattern was written.  I really wanted the red squares to be complete around the 9-patches but didn't have enough of some of the fabric to make it look like the pattern.

Flimsy before borders

I ended up adding half-blocks as the inner border, then repeated the red to frame it, making good use of the four remaining toile squares as cornerstones.

This quilt top went from fabric in a bag -- not even UFO status, but something a wanted to do SOMEDAY -- in a week.  And I adhered to my 2015 resolutions and FINISHED it!  (Finished, for me, is when the top is complete.)

Hop on over to Confessions of a Fabric Addict to see what others are celebrating today.


  1. Libby that cracks me up how you take the photo from so far above your quilt. And it works too - there's no camera distortion. Your quilt turned out lovely - I have never seen gold toile before and think you did an excellent job using it!

    1. You know what they say about necessity ... ! It works because we have a wall of north-facing windows in the LR for lighting. I hold the camera way out over the edge and pray I've got it square!

  2. Way to go, Libby! Sharon B in Franklin


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