Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A 9-Patch for Gail

Since Gail's birthday is in January she was the first of "The Girls" to receive her quilt.

fabric, with it’s angels and prayers, inspired me to create a quilt for Gail. Her spirit is evident in everything she does. She has a kind heart and gentle nature backed by a strong faith. I'm counting on her backing when I make that final trip! 

With just a half yard of the novelty fabric I wasn’t sure I’d have enough.  In my first layout I tried to use a snowball along with a nine patch of green and blue coordinates.


The snowball seemed to cut off too much of what was fun about the novelty print so I abandoned that and went with a full square of the print. 

The green and blue of the 9 patch looked too dark so I alternated them with the cream background. The cream sashing also helped to lighted things up.  I used a mottled rust and the blue floral for the corner stones in the sashing to tie in with the colors of the borders, piping and binding.

I couldn't resist using these quilts as an opportunity to try something new.  For Gail's I use the mottled rust to create a small band of piping between the dark blue and floral borders. I repeated the rust color for the binding which looks beautiful in contrast to the dark blue backing. I didn't realize that I should have based this down before giving it to my long-arm quilter but she was a dear and did it for me.

The long arm quilting for this quilt looks like wings of an angel.  How appropriate!  For the thread I selected a rust color that can be seen clearly on the back yet blends in nicely on the front.

The final touch was a label with a special caption that I found on the Internet which reads:

"A day hemmed in prayer seldom unravels."

One final note, when Gail read the quote on the label she ran to find a project she had been working on; a counted cross stitch of the very same sentiment!  Great minds think alike.

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