Sunday, March 8, 2009

Antique Nine Patch Workshop

Our next workshop is going to be the lovely Antique Nine Patch quilt. It is a one day workshop and we are running two of them on the last weekend in March (28th & 29th). There are still a couple of spots available on Sunday so be quick and call Sharon on 0411 268 984 to secure your place. The cost of the workshop is $50 and includes your pattern, lunch, tea and coffee and yummy cakes!

The quilt itself is rotary cut and machine pieced and is suitable for all skill levels. The finished quilt will be 56" x 56" but can easily be made larger to suit your requirements. It is comprised of a nine-patch and a diagonal cross block and can be made from scraps in your stash or purpose bought fabric. For a scrappy look, use up odds and ends from your stash or, as is my personal preference, go for the more stuctured formal look that is created when using only 4 fabrics - but each to their own! What I will say though is that the cross blocks definitely look better when there is a strong contrast between the cross fabric and the background fabric - you really need this contrast to tie the quilt together. The photos below should make all of this clearer.

This is Mum's antique nine patch. She has made it bigger by adding extra blocks - easily done and now it fits her king-size bed. Also, she has only used 4 different fabrics and has acheived a lovely structured look.

This quilt is the size that we will be doing in the workshop. I have also only used 4 fabrics.

This is the original antique nine patch that I made at a workshop with Faye Packham. You can see that I have completely lost the effect of the cross blocks in the light blue squares and the quilt looks a bit wishy-washy as a result. I learned alot about fabric selection while making this quilt!


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