|Nine-Patch Hourglass Lap Quilt|
There was just enough dark red to make this lap quilt. I enlarged the 4.5" nine-patches with four red triangles and added alternate hourglass blocks. Chartreuse is the complement of the dark red. A couple of the nine patches have the greatest value contrast, but the eye focuses on the second most value contrast - the red/chartreuse areas - because it's larger. Sometimes the original block doesn't need to be the center of attention. I like the red lozenge shape and the chartreuse stretched stars.
|Detail of machine quilting|
The border is flying geese but my first version looked a bit different. When I sketched this design on graph paper (yes, I still use the stuff) it looked great. It looked okay when pieced. But when I snapped a photo before quilting, it looked horrible. The longer I looked at the corners the worse they appeared. It had to be ripped out and replaced. Small change; big difference; worth the trouble.
The quilting thread is Metler Fine Embroidery and the batt is Mountain Mist Cream Rose, a lightweight batt very suitable for warm climates.
Fret not; enjoy the day.
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Wow Ann! I love what you did with those seemingly "innocuous" transformed them into great foundations for the bigger sections. Very well done! I like the quilting as well and can only imagine the difficulty quilting the border. Glad you got it sorted!
Great job, Ann. You sure know how to bring out the best in a simple block!
Thank you. I remember reading that one of Nancy Crow's quilters declared, 'No more black fabric, too hard on the eyes'. I feel the same way!
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.
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