My Quilting Adventure Week 43
Posted by KJCB on October 04, 2017
Woohoo! I just went back and double checked my start date last year and I have a whole extra week to finish my 52 quilts! I thought that I had one week to quilt 8 more tops, but I actually have TWO weeks because I started this challenge on October 18th last year. I've totally got this under control :)
This project was a longstanding UFO that was finished up in the past year. This is a Crazy Nine Patch design that was very popular back when we first opened. I learned this technique from Miss Betty and for anyone who may know Miss Betty you can be reassured that all my seams were pressed properly. :) I used a layer cake for the variety of colors and ended up with this "crazy" quilt. The Grunge Basics border helped contain all the prints and colors.
I started with that Grunge border and used a very geometric and linear design. The "concentric" square design is free-motioned and very forgiving as far as spacing and size. I did not use a ruler or any other device to quilt straight lines. The only trick I had was to hesitate when turning corners as this puts in an extra stitch to help make those nice "pointy" corners. I used a variegated King Tut leftover from a previous project that matched well.
Next up was that crazy center. I wanted to mimic the red and green swirling prints (bottom of this picture) that are found throughout the quilt top. I elongated my swirls to really add some motion to the quilt top. There were too many colors going on to try and match the thread so I stuck with my usual Aurifil 40 wt. 2309.
There were occasions across the quilt where my swirls became smaller or less round to fit into the area left behind from a large swirl. The design is very forgiving and fits easily into odd sized spaces. Echoing is also a good tool here. If you find yourself stuck in a corner, echoing can take you to an open area without distorting the design.
There was no way I was going to find a piece large enough for the backing in the same fabric as the front. So I chose this large butterfly print by Tula Pink (who also designed the fabric on the top) because it pulls out my favorite colors from the front: aqua, navy, and yellow.
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: Crazy Nine Patch (A quick Google search will yield many videos and patterns for this design.)
Fabric: Nest by Tula Pink and Grunge Basics by BasicGrey (border)
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select 61"
Thread: Aurifil 40wt 2039 and a King Tut 40 wt
Finished size: 56" x 56"
Quilt Top Tally: 43