A long, long time ago I started the 9 patch quilt along with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts. She was using scraps, but I didn't want so use mine for this project. I don't love the traditional nine patch design (with an x through it), but I had some purple (purple?) in my stash that I'd had for at least 10 years. I figured it was a good way to use it up and a new challenge - why not?
So I set to work cutting it into squares. I finished the quilt top and then put it away for at least a year. Just recently I figured out the perfect person to give it to because I really don't want it. I don't even really like purple. I started collecting purple and yellow because of this one print (the posies on white background). So I gave it to Emily - of Emerson Quilting - and now it looks like this:
Not my fave. But I'm pretty sure the new owner loves it. And that's really all that matters anyway.
After I'd already started the purple one I saw this one by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. It was around the time that everyone was going crazy for Katie Jump Rope and I talked myself into buying most of the line. I don't love the browns in that line with the rest of the fabrics, so I picked the ones I liked and started another 9 patch. This time with a white center and random colors all around. It is completely different and I like it much better!
I strip pieced this one rather than cutting out each square separately to begin with. I liked that much better and it came together faster. I did a scrappy binding and used the green posies (found on clearance) for the back. Emily also quilted this one for me and I love the quilting on it.
Lesson learned: If I don't like a fabric - I shouldn't try to make a quilt with it. (Unless it's for someone else - who will like it.)