Sunday, March 08, 2009

Blooming Nine Patch

I have made two Blooming Nine Patch quilts over the past several years and like them both. The first one, I didn't fully understand about the graduation of fabrics required to make a good "bloom". My sister and I bought fabrics to make these quilts a long time ago - I don't think she ever finished hers.

Mine went from pale yellow in the center to purple to dark blue on the outside. It is the quilt is use as a bad example when I teach this class. Nothing is wrong with the quilt and I use it on my bed frequently but it doesn't bloom. It looks like there is a center medallion of yellow surrounded by purple and blue. Pretty but not the look I was going for.

The next one was much more successful. It goes from light yellow to dark blue and blooms wonderfully. I have hung this one in the shop as a class sample for several classes and years. While I love this quilt - it is time to make a new sample.

Here are the fabrics I am going to use this time. I have become obsessed with black and white recently and seem to be using it all the time. Anyway, I can't wait to see how this one turns out. I don't usually put an inner border on a Blooming Nine Patch but I decided to add a narrow bright yellow to this one and then finish it off with another black and white border. It will end up as a new sample for my class at Tiny Stitches.


  1. Your right, I haven't finished my blooming nine patch but I think I at least remember where it is. I guess I should dig it out and start working on it again.


  2. You've got me on Black and White now aswell. I picked up some B & W fabric yesterday to make a few lap quilts

    love and hugs Gina xxx

  3. A lady at our last retreat was making these (Blooming Nine Patch). I want to make one. She said it's easy, but it doesn't look easy. The black and white will be awesome. I want to make one with pinks and greens.


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