Inspiration

Lately, since finishing my Blue Butterfly Quilt top and almost finishing the t-shirt quilt, I haven’t been very inspired. Then I read the Sew Mama Sew blog and found out that February is Quilting Month. The first project they posted was a simple 9 patch block. Well, it could be simple, or it could be complicated. The more challenging was the variation called the Disappearing 9 Patch. I’ve mentioned before that I tried the Disappearing 9 Patch and since I didn’t have any solid measurements to start with, it did just that, began to disappear because as I cut it, the block kept getting smaller, and smaller.  But, eventually, I finished it and there was still some fabric left. And this is what it looks like.

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Not too bad, for a first attempt. Considering that I had no idea what I was doing when I started, I probably would have thought it out a little more about the lights and darks, but I wanted it to look “scrappy.” I made it from the left over strips from cutting out the Chelsea’s Boutique quilt.   I think there will be another project posted tomorrow, Friday February 8th, since I have checked every day this week and there has just been a different inspirational story about quilts every day.  So, that was one source of inspiration for me. Another source has been a very cool package I received from my Aunt Debbie a couple of days ago. You see, I’ve started trying to collect pictures of the quilts my Grandmother Groff (paternal) made for all of her 10 children and 20+ grandchildren.  My Aunt Debbie has been so kind to send me some photos already. Turns out she has a quilt in the exact same Dresden Plate pattern and colors as my parents. But, she also told me that she was going to send me a wall hanging that Grandma Groff had made that she thought I would like. Here it is:

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See my lime green walls? Guess what? That light blue color is actually an accent color in my sewing room! It is the same color as the sheers I have on my windows. She was right, I really do love it. Here is another reason why… When my grandmother passed away, we received a large box with lots of her things. I ended up with several of them, each of the grandchildren and my parents got a quilt, and I also found this wall hanging in there…

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Look familiar? It’s the long lost mate of the other wall hanging! This one has been hanging in my sewing room since we moved to this house, I had kept it for several years, hoping to have a place to hang it and now I have TWO! Thank you soooo much Aunt Debbie! I am now surrounded by inspiration from Grandma Groff who is really my muse sometimes.  And just look at the beautiful hand quilting she did on it! Click on each picture for a closer view. 

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Well, I am off to go and upload my disappearing 9 patch block picture to the Sew Mama Sew Quilting Month Flickr Pool. It may only be about 9″ square, but I am proud of it!  Until next time.

Happy Stitches to You,

Anna

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February 7, 2008. Tags: , , . Quilting, Quilting Month, sewing.

3 Comments

  1. BCQuilter replied:

    Hi Anna,

    When you made the disappearing 9-patch… did you make the 9-patch first… then cut it in quarters and re-sew?

    Or is your technique different?

    Your grandmother’s wall-hangings are very nice!

    -Alice

  2. Leisa replied:

    Anna,

    How sweet of your Aunt Debbie to send you such a treasure. What a surprise you recieved! You are one lucky girl. I think it is just wonderful that you have family quilts. I just love the disappearing 9 patch. The fabric colors are great also.

  3. Lauri replied:

    You are so lucky to have things from your grandmother! I don’t know what happened to most of my grandmother’s stuff, and none of my mom’s sisters will fess up. We only have some of her aprons.

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