This scrappy nine patch quilt was inspired by a plastic bag full of 2 inch squares left over from another project, and the pattern "Loose Change" by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. The pattern is in a book called Miss Rosie's Quilt Collection. The Miss Rosie quilt is made from 2 1/4" strip sets. Since I had nothing but 2 inch squares, I made my nine patches the slow way and ended up with 5 inch unfinished blocks, which of course produced a much smaller quilt. I compensated for that by making lots more blocks. I made 154 blocks and the pattern calls for 128. When you are using such a simple block such as the nine patch, there is all kinds of wiggle room as to size of the finished block and number of blocks you can use to make your quilt top. I didn't follow the pattern at all, except to think "that's cool, I should use my scraps and make something like that". I am keeping the name "Loose Change" though, as it seems to fit.
I am planning to add an outer border, probably more of the tan colored fabric used in the setting squares. My quilt will be a good sized lap quilt, probably 66x72 or thereabouts. I like the cozy look of the quilt top and think it will be great over the back of my reading chair. And just the right size to cuddle up in while I read and enjoy a glass of wine.
So here's the thing. This was supposed to be a scrap busting quilt, and ended up anything but. I started out with what I thought was a ton of two inch scrap squares.
As I worked, I kept thinking things like "I need a bit more blue" or "I have too much of that one red, I need more variety" or "I can't just use that little bit of pink, I need more to have it make sense". So, I would go to the stash and cut a strip of this and a strip of that. And of course I needed tons of background strips for a good mix of different tones and fabric prints. I ended up with a box of scraps leftover that was three or four times the amount of scraps that I started out with. That was a false economy if I ever saw one. This was a fabric user project all right, but definitely not what I would call a "scrap buster". I generated way more scraps than I used! I think I am hopeless.
The quilt ended up really nice though, so I won't complain! I'll show you all the finished version once I get the borders on.
Hope you all had a great long weekend. I think I am over the worst of the flu and am itching to get back into a routine. Ear is doing ok, but due to the perforated eardrum, my hearing is shot. I can't hear anything, most notably my husband, who has kind of a hoarse whispery voice and can't seem to project. So every time he speaks to me I say, "Sorry, what was that?" TV is out of the question, unless I watch on my laptop with earbuds and volume turned up all the way. This will pass, I've been through it before, it just takes a month or so.