Honestly, I was not sure how much I was loving this quilt until I took all the dark brown nine patches out. Then it changed for me. It suddenly coordinated better with the border fabric I had on hand, and was just more pleasing to my eye. All the un-sewing I did on Sunday was worth it.
The finished quilt measures 76 inches square and is made up of 49 double nine patch blocks (which breaks down to 221 little nine patch blocks which measure 3 1/2"). The full size double nine patch block measured
9 1/2". And I have an entire bag full of leftover dark brown nine patch squares that will be great in some future project.
The inspiration for the project was a couple of things. First, a quilt shop called The Quilted Moose in Gretna, NE was sponsoring a year long project to make the quilt. Second, I had a tub of lovely blue and dark brown fabrics from a kit I purchased back in 2011 while on a trip with friends. I never got around to making that kit, but the fabrics were so lovely I always felt guilty for not using them in something. The majority of them were from a gorgeous collection by Judie Rothermel called Notingham Village.
I decided not to drag the project out for the entire year. It was kind of a production to make all the nine patch blocks, and I did better if I spent several hours at a time working on them rather than to just make one or two at a time each week.
So now I have a quilt that I really like, and a reminder of the lovely time I spent on the trip with my friends.