Mississippi Quilt Association class (June 2012) taught by Billie Thompson, we
learned how to create the blocks for this quilt which she referred to as "Mosaic
Antique Tile."It is a variation of
a divided 9‑patch.For each pair of
blocks, you prepare two 9‑patch blocks (I think we used 5‑1/2"
squares).One of the 9‑patch blocks will
have 5 dark squares and 4 light squares, and other 9‑patch block will have 5
light squares and 4 dark squares, configured like this:
pair of 9-patch blocks are sewn, you cut 2.5" off left and right sides of
each block; then you cut 2.5" off the top and bottom of each block; the
cut offs from the first block will be attached to the second block and the cut
offs from the second block will be attached to the first block.You end up with blocks as seen in my finished
the top at The Great Quilt Escape 2012 retreat (a 16-member, week long, annual
retreat).An easy variation would be to change
the measurement cut off from the sides, top and bottom.Someday I plan to see where this leads.
me!I recently won on eBay a Singer 301A
sewing machine.The day after winning
the machine, there were many comments on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville's
Quips & Snips regarding poor packaging of machines being sent from
eBay and Etsy vendors.My machine had
already been paid for and shipped, so I just had to wait and see.As it turned out, there was no need to
worry.I took pictures while unpacking
the machine.Here they are sequentially:
Box in good shape. CHECK.
Small inner box in good shape. CHECK.
Small inner box well packed. CHECK.
Small inner box holding pieces are parts, carefully packed in separate baggies. CHECK.
Cords in good shape. CHECK.
Carrier case intact. CHECK.
Machine carefully packed and surrounded with 100% Cashmere throw (WOW!). DOUBLE CHECK.
Machine intact. CHECK.
Bobbin case present and intact. CHECK.
Lint produced from a good clean-out, then oiled and lubed. CHECK.
A well-tensioned stitch obtained after a little adjustment. CHECK.
ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY! Let me introduce you to ALICE (original owner's name). She was also used extensively by Joyce and Julie, so she may be AliceJoyceJulie.
And the monogrammed 100% Cashmere throw used for packing material. Very soft and lush.
BONNIE HUNTER'S EASY STREET MYSTERY
I have completed
all the "A" blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street Mystery
quilt.They make a pretty picture set
side-by-side. NOW...on to Block B.
Hope February brings a lot more progress on my to-do list.
It will take me awhile to get my blocks pieced, but the journey will be a lot of fun. I have finished all the parts piecing and now can concentrate on the blocks. The speedy quilters out there truly amaze me, and I love seeing the color-combination variations emerge from their efforts.
The values of the red and purple in my quilt make the B blocks appear very blocky. I thought about changing some of the units and tried several variations in EQ7, but in the end I preferred the original choices. Some of the other quilts I have seen have the blocky-looking B-blocks, and I really like them, so I'm sure I will love my finished quilt, AND I have only used stash fabric. I may take out the dark green squares and use all medium-ish greens.
This is my first link-up for Bonnie Hunter's 2012
Easy Street Mystery Quilt.Since Christmas
quilts are always nice to have, I choose these colors: ivory/beige (background), gold (constant),
purple, red and green. I'm trying to
catch up, but it probably won't happen, so instead, my goal is to finish at
least 1/8th of each Mystery Step per week, and then complete as much
extra as I have time for.Here is 1/4th (2/8ths) of Steps 1, 2 and 3: