I have always found the glorified 9-patch, which is a nine patch in a circle, very pretty …as also the Pickle Dish block! I drafted this block for my Round the Year quilt, combining the two in one, though this is not truly a pickle dish, and the block looks like a thorny 9-patch to me! So that is what I plan on calling it – the Thorny 9-patch or perhaps the Crowned 9-patch. Unless you can think of something that sounds nicer?
This was left out of the final sixteen that made the cut, as were some others. It would be nice repeated all over in a quilt too, methinks! I have made one for my Rainbow quilt, which I plan to do with just eight blocks. Meanwhile, I search for appropriate fabric for the background – the squircles, as I like to call them. I like the idea of using Moda’s Zen Chic Ink ( or Paper) Handwriting or Notes or even Newsprint. The logistics of buying it is not working for me right now. So, I guess this quilt will have to wait.
I now finally start working on finishing the Dusk quilt. Will keep you posted on the progress!
Meanwhile, will you help me decide which of the two placements of the thorny crowns you like better? I prefer the second, I think!
I wish I could quilt half as well! I started off pretty well, quilting this on my little Brother, with the feed dogs up and stitch length set at 0. But then, soon I ran into all kinds of problems.
Tried several solutions suggested by fellow quilters on my online quilting group, with no improvement. What worked finally was lowering the feed dogs. (I have left the back looking like this! Too lazy to rip it and re-do it!)
The front doesn’t look bad at all. Here is a close up.
A long- shot of the back…
The colours are not very accurate in these pictures, so I took a couple of photos outside on the terrace, too.
I now move on to my next UFO, a king size quilt top waiting to be quilted for over five years! I am dreading the basting part – as I have run out of my basting spray, not available here! But first, I have to get the backing together. I am planning to quilt it only very lightly – while I gather the will to get going, please admire the quilting pattern, if not the actual execution!
By definition, Mughal gardens – built by the Mughal emperors in the Persian style and are ‘rigidly formal’, says Wikipedia. They also have a ‘highly disciplined geometry’, it goes on to elaborate.
One look at the quilt below, and you know why it could never be your Mughal garden!
This quilt – made for my daughter, Tana, has been in the making for three and a half years now. It started off as a block party but I got involved in other projects… My resolution this year is to complete all my UFOs( unfinished objects for those uninitiated into quilting lingo), before I start any new quilt. I also wanted to practice more free motion quilting before I start quilting my Round the Year quilt.
The quilt was built up in 5 quilt as you go (QAYG) panels, joined together with the 1″ red sashing in front and no sashing at the back. It needed a bit of calculation, but turned out fine. It is difficult to make out that this is QAYG, which I like!
In several of these blocks, I just followed the floral print outlines, to gain confidence. I am quite happy with the result! Here are the individual blocks and the quilting on each. What do you think?
Here are some more pics of the whole quilt!
I finished this quilt about a couple of weeks ago. I am certainly more confident about free motion quilting at the end of this exercise! Happy quilting to you all till I share with you what I am doing right now.
Churned up a quick, simple runner for a visiting friend, from scraps of fabric that I had picked up from a garment export house. Pieced on one-sided stabilizer and quilted with straight lines, using a walking foot on my tiny Brother. I like the way it turned out!