Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Another Finish and WW4

This week I finished a small Nine Patch Repro and made the 4th block in the Westering Women quiltalong. 


This is the little antique quilt that caught my eye on Pinterest. I loved its simplicity and the unbalanced 9-Patch set. I never would have thought to arrange the blocks this way.

And this is my version. The border fabric is what started it all. It measures 24-1/2" x 29" with 4-1/2" blocks and a 3-1/2" border. I wasn't going for an exact repro but tried to keep the fabrics fairly close in value and color while making substitutions along the way.

You know by now that I'm not a machine quilter but decided I better 'get movin' if I wanted to make a dent in my growing backlog of quilts needing to be quilted, lol! So I used Hobbs fusible batting and machine quilted it in a 1" crosshatch allover. This was my first time using Aurifil thread and I was really pleased with the result. 

This is the back before I sewed on the label.

Here's a detail . . .


 . . . and finally the label :)

I've always liked the Tree of Life pattern so when this month's Westering Women block was Lone Elm I finally had my chance to make oneI'm using Barbara B.'s Alice's Scrapbag fabrics with a few others mixed in. Piecing was done in four sections and I only had a few rip-outs along the way, lol! 

And if you follow Barbara's Material Culture blog you'll see a NJ quilt on her most recent post Potted Plants with Reverse Applique. Scroll down to the pic of alternating red and green blocks with a vine border on the left. HQPNJ documented this quilt years ago and if you own a copy of our book, New Jersey Quilts, you can read all about it on page 15 :) The quilt is in the collection of the Hopewell Museum, Hopewell, NJ.   

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Love that little nine-patch, right down to the label! I'm not much of a machine quilter, but you quilted it perfectly. Love your Westering Women block.

  2. Very cute little quilt Barbara !! Pinterest is very inspiring no ?? And your block 4 from BB is perfect as usual...I love the colors and the fabrics you used ! Bravo ! :)

  3. I like your fabric choices for your reproduction quilt. It has a bit more life than the original. I also love your label. I'm impressed with the Aurifil thread. Usually machine quilting overwhelms a reproduction quilt and yours has blended in quite well. I like the way the grid appears on the back. Good job.

  4. Love your interpretation of the nine patch. I like the uneven layout as well. Your machine quilting looks fantastic and you got it done! Yahoo!

  5. I love your little 9-Patch repro! You did a wonderful job matching the look of the original fabrics. Gorgeous border fabric.

  6. what a sweet nine patch repro! great job as usual.

  7. Love your lone elm block - so pretty, your fabric placement. And what a sweet nine patch repro!