Friday, January 29, 2016

Red Dancing Nine Patch

My friend Phyllis came down last week and helped me sew sashings to some of these nine patches. They have now grown into a quilt! This is the Dancing Nine Patch pattern from Bonnie Hunter. It's a free pattern on her blog.  Her pattern uses 2 inch squares, but I used 2 1/2 inch squares in this one and adjusted the size of the sashings to fit them. I keep a tray of those squares beside my sewing machine and put together four patches and nine patches all the time in between other sewing. It's amazing how quickly they grow into a stack ready to put in a quilt.

This one will also go the USO at our local airport. We like providing these pretty quilts for our service men and women who give so much to our country, and often with little thanks or recognition.

The backing is the rather wild fabric from Connecting Threads. I also used that fabric for the binding. I like it!

Last night my friend Sandy brought over this pile of fabric she had acquired from friends. Lots of pretty pieces in here!

I should have worked harder to put all those fabrics in order and away, but instead I thought of making a quilt from some of them. And before I knew it, it was two in the morning and this had grown on my design wall. LOL!  I have the rest of the four patches ready to sew together. It wouldn't surprise me at all if grew some more tonight.

That's Lady helping me weave a pot holder. And what you can see growing there in the front yard is a pecan tree. I planted one before, but it did not live. It was a dry, hot year when I planted that one. I hope this one will live and prosper. It looks too bare out there to me with that big pine tree gone. Hopefully this one will soon improve the looks of things. Also in this collage is the donkey's ear in bloom and some of that delicious pumpkin, cranberry, pecan cake. YUMMY. I am so thankful for so many things to see and taste and enjoy in this life!

While I was making that pot holder the other night, Dinah discovered the joys of a ball of yarn. She is hilarious! I hope you can see the little video I shot of her playing.

It's a beautiful day here. I have some blackberry plants to get in the ground this afternoon. I can almost taste the blackberry cobbler already!

Hope your weekend is full of fun.

Hugs and kisses,


Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Love Bonnie Hunter! That Dancing Nine Patch is wonderful, and I'm sure it will make some service man or woman happy.

Susie Swanson said...

Love this Nine Patch and it kinda looks like one I've seen ,only a different pattern. ;) I've always liked doing the Nine Patches. Hope you got your Blackberry Plants in the ground. Wish you a nice weekend as well. Blessings and Love, xo

Karen S said...

It is great the way this lovely 9 patch came together. Another delightful quilt to donate. And of course you had to play with the new fabrics!
I have not seen pecans growing. Not sure if we do grow them here.
But blackberries, on the other hand, grow wild here and have to be controlled.
Enjoy your garden.

Empty Closet Quilting said...

What a great dancing 9 patch, that backing is so much fun!

Carolyn Sullivan said...

What a great idea to donate them to the USO. I know my DD (darling Daughter) and DGS have often spent time in the airport USO's waiting for flights.

Sheila said...

I love this scrappy dancing 9 patch block pattern with red sashing. So happy. Great patriotic quilt. What a FUN quilt. Definitely on my bucket list. I could see it as a future go to quilt pattern.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

The Dancing Nine Patch pattern is awesome. I love the colors and design of this quilt very much. Great patriotic quilt!

Wonky Girl said...

Cannot believe I didn't comment on your quilt here. It's GREAT ! The backing is fun and stripes make a great binding. Are you in need of more red fabric? I have some to send ya, red with little white and navy stars, about two yards. Ha, ha, I will even wash and dry it before mailing. :-)