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Friday, 23 December 2016
Christmas Surprise
Topic: Quilting

With the best of intentions I selected an assortment of Christmas fabrics and cut 5-inch squares to follow a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Comapny.

I went off the rails on the very first step! We were supposed to construct a 9-patch like this (the colored patches are all different though):


Instead, I made ALL my 9-patches like this:


You gotta understand that the blocks are a variety of colors. On mine, though, the centers are all the same (I'll show you later why).

Then the instructions showed to slice the 9-patch blocks like this and swap the cut-off sides to antoher block:


I realized that with my four white corners, the swapping out of the cut-off sides would bring back more white corners. Shoot!

So I sliced mine all ther way to the sides in both directions like this:


When the tutorial swaps out the cut-off sides with another block they get this:


Mine was NOT going to work that way so I swapped out those white corners for 2 1/2 inch colored squares (using all the same ones) and then added 1/2 inch sashing between all the elements. Mine looks like this:


AWESOME!

Put 12 of their blocks together and you get this:


Here's a picture from the tutorial:


I decided mine needed 2 inch sashings and cornerstones so the layout became like this:


And here is the final result:


So, here's why I used the same center block in all the 9-patches. I had this adorable chickadee fabric:


Here's the block:


Beautiful gold metallic sashing with block corners and red cornerstones:


As I was working on the blocks I had every intention of finishing this off with cheery prairie points around the edges. But I put in that shiny gold sashing and it threw a little tantrum and declared itself much too sophisticated for those country-style trimmings.

So I added a gold over-printed red backing (it is of the same line as the featured chickadees).


Then I used the green holly from the block corners for the binding.

I call this quilt Christmas Surprise because it surprised me from the very first step where I went wrong.

I'll be keeping this one for myself.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:19 PM PST

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