The ideaThe idea

This month, Liz Porter spoke at guild.  And, she showed us this quilt.


I was truly taken with it.  And, I wanted one.  So, I figured out the pattern and it’s based on one and a half inch squares in the chain, that finish at one inch. 

Well, I had forty-two jillion nine patches, made from one and a half inch squares that finish at one inch.  I’ve been making them as leaders and enders for years.


And, an idea was born.  I didn’t have the blue print, but I did have a raspberry print.


My darks and lights are not as pure as Liz’s, so the pattern isn’t showing up as well as I would have liked, but it is looking pretty good.  I didn’t do any figuring for this quilt.  I just started to cut pieces and when I got down to about a half yard of the raspberry colored fabric, I stopped and started to assemble.  I haven’t made many blocks yet.  Wanted to see how it was going to work out before I invested too much into it.  I’m just going to make blocks until I run out of the raspberry colored fabric and call it done. 

Then, it’s going to a lady that has decided that there’s nothing wrong with the color red.  (Raspberry is a red, isn’t it?)

I like being able to make a quilt where I don’t have to count.  That is certainly not the case for the hexie quilt.  7 flowers with 6 hexies each, repeated on 6 sides of the quilt is…a lot.  When I get close, I’ll pull out the calculator.

That raspberry fabric?  It’s in just about every scrap quilt I’ve ever made.  I inherited it from my Mentor, soon after I started to quilt.  She got it from her Mother, who used it to decorate in the 80’s.  They must have bought bolts of the stuff because after all these years of using off of it, I still had 2 yards.  And, lo and behold, it was perfect for this quilt.

Special shout out to Barb, who sent me several baggies of inch and a half squares.  I’ve been thinking of you a lot as I sewed them into these blocks. 

Everybody have a great Tuesday.  I have an appt with the dental hygienist.  Yay, me.  Fresh breath and a bright smile.  Yeah, that’s what I care about right now.

Did you ever notice how people on TV never act like the person that’s in their face has bad breath?  Is that because they don’t get bad breath?  Or is it a testament to how good of an actor they are?

Be well.  Lane


Patricia said...

Wow! I am so impressed. I think the smallest squares I have are 2.5! I am really liking the raspberry ----"moderns" it up!

qltmom9 said...

When you sew the block together, it will have that look you want to achieve. It is going to be lovely. I like the raspberry. I ~love~ 1.5 inch squares. I wish I had time to do this, but I've already got 3 leader/ender projects going!!! Maybe I should end a couple soon.


lw said...

I like the raspberry version of the blue quilt. It's less "pure" but more comfortable-looking.

By the way, I love the way the hexie borders are coming out.

I think that there's enough time before the interviews for the makeup artists to notice if the person has bad breath and give them a mint or something along with pressed powder to take the shine off their noses.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Her quilt is gorgeous....and your is going to be fabulous in those colors

Kath said...

wow, all those 9 patch blocks!
I have dreams where someone leaves a huge box of them in my porch LOL
I like that raspberry fabric very much. I look forward to seeing this quilt develop.

Rebecca Grace said...

Ooh, I like your Raspberry version much better than Liz's! You might not have as distinct of a secondary pattern going on, but yours just looks so much cheerier. It also makes me think of raspberry gelato, which makes my mouth water... Where am I going to get raspberry gelato in Charlotte, North Carolina now that the Dean & DeLuca stopped carrying it? See the dilemma that you've caused?! :-)

Megan said...

Love, love, love your quilt Lane. Working with postage stamp designs is my very favourite kind of quiltmaking. Unfortunately I don't like the weight of quilts with so many seam allowances! LOL

Sydney, Australia

Elizabeth said...

If it was in my script that I was going to be up in someone's face and I knew it was going to require more than one take, I'd for sure carry a toothbrush, toothpaste and mints everywhere I went.

I love your Irish chain! It is beautiful! I can't wait to see how it comes out!

xo -E