My dear friend Jean attends my Thursday Open Labs at WCTC. A few months ago she brought 36 Christmas themed split 9-patch blocks to class.
We both puzzled over what she would do with them. Here’s what happened – in her own words:
“What is it about ½ square triangles? Somehow in the last few years I have accumulated a bunch of them, and had no idea how to use them. This year, in my efforts to reduce the number of UFO’s in my workroom, these pieces bubbled to the top.
First, I completed 36 Christmas-themed Split 9-patch blocks. They came from kits I purchased at the Lodi Quilt Academy from Mill House Quilts. I was stumped. Would it be table runners, a table topper or a throw? As always, when stumped, I head to the Quilt Labs at WCTC, facilitated by Chris. I have learned many things from her, but one of the most valuable skills is to just “play” with the blocks, arranging them in different patterns. This project was no exception. As we played, fun patterns began to emerge, and I decided placemats would be a nice wedding gift for my niece. The problem was, which block to choose? Too hard, so I decided to make each mat a different pattern. To feature just the block, I added the side panel, and, although Chris suggested quilting the words (I still don’t trust my free motion quilting), I opted to appliqué the “Noel” onto each panel. I quilted all of them the same way, figuring there was enough visual “stuff” going on. The final step was to do a self binding. This was a challenge. I had seen it on old family quilts, but couldn’t figure it out on my own. Chris to the rescue again. I’m pleased with the results. Not perfect, but a fun way to use those half-square blocks.”
And here they are:
I hadn’t done a “self binding” like Jean mentioned for quite a while, and she inspired me to use it on the quilt I made for my granddaughter Rainee. I used it to turn the Minkie quilt back to the front,and it was the topic of a post a few weeks ago (click here to read all about it). Thanks Jean – the inspiration goes both ways 😀 !
I’d love to have you join us in our Thursday Open Lab classes. It’s a great group, and a fun way to get things finished! To sign up go to wctc.edu, or call: 262.691.5578