Our next door neighbors Matt and Karen have been life savers here at the coast. We really had no idea what we were getting into on so many levels when we moved here. Without their help and advice we would not have made it the first year I don’t think. So I wanted to make a quilt for them.
I ran across a modern quilt called Move Over that was bargello-like in shades of grey that I really loved. The neutral colors would be perfect for Karen, whose wardrobe sports a lot of black and tan and grey, with small pops of color. I could see how quickly it might come together, so I bought a roll of 6″ precut strips in various shades of grey and then started trying to make it work. I could not. At least not while maintaining the look I so loved, and having a decent sized quilt when I was done. My precuts were just not big enough.
So I changed gears and decided on a scrappy but neutral disappearing nine patch. I had a grey minky backing with purple, green and blue owls on it, so I used purple and green batiks in the center of each nine patch for pops of color.
The disappearing nine patch is really easy and really versatile. The basic steps are:
- Cut out nine squares all the same size.
- Sew them together into a nine patch.
- Cut the nine patch into four pieces by cutting vertically and horizontally through the center. (I’ve seen other versions that cut diagonally.)
- Take the four pieces and rotate some or all of them. I chose to rotate all four pieces 1/4 turn (90 degrees) clockwise.
- Sew the four pieces back together in a four patch. Done!
There are endless looks you can get based on your starting fabrics and how you choose to rotate the intermediate blocks. My finished blocks are really big, finishing at 16″ square, so most of the effort was in the planning and layout. As usual, I spent a fair bit of time trying to make sure the same color never touched and that the lights and darks were balanced. Although with that many neutrals it was probably overkill. But it was worth it, as Karen and Matt seemed to like the quilt!
Oh yeah, the name of the pantograph Karen and I chose is called “Splat” by Anne Bright.