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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Blooming 9-Patch

When my friend Ruth called to ask if I wanted to go to a quilting class with her, I didn't hesitate. Then, she brought over the book she had bought me for the class. Yikes! I was to say the least, "NOT" impressed. The photo on the cover was done in wild big bold floral prints. Not my favorite by any means. I know we all have our preferances, and mine run towards the outdoorsy side. More lodge look for me. I just couldn't wrap my thoughts around this quilt. Even looking thru the book, I couldn't get a feel for it, until I got to the page on assembling the blocks. Ok, now I at least see different colors. So I went thru my stash, and managed to pull together enough fabrics to make this quilt, that I didn't really like at all. The blessing, was that I wasn't going to have to buy any fabrics for it, and I was using up my oversized stash. Class was very fun as always, and I loved the quilt, the instructor showed us, so I got a little more comfortable with the thing. What I didn't expect, was to end up with a quilt that I just love. Now I know that the colors draw me, no matter what the design is, but in the end I really love this pattern. Could it be any easier? Nope! Yet another plus. If you want something truly fun to make consider the Blooming 9-Patch.

Since class, our great instructor Suzie has emailed more photos of different Blooming 9-Patch quilts to me, that are just outstanding. It was an eye opening lesson in looking past the photo and seeing your own favorite fabrics in it. That is a tough one for me. I am a very visual person, and don't tend to see outside the box. But I have to tell you, it's a delightful surprise when you can do it.

Life's lesson 101, don't judge a book by its cover. Once you get past the packaging and see it for itself, things tend to come out much different in the end. Hummmm Who knew that quilting would be such a great teacher?

Let this week bring you something positive to ponder!

On that note, I am packing and getting ready for a very long awaited trip to Alaska. I know most people prefer somewhere warm, but Alaska holds a place in my heart like no other. I am desperately needing a fix right now. It's been almost 6 months since I was there last. Ok the little detail of my youngest son living there plays a part of it too I guess! :-) His birthday is St Patty's day, so I go up to party with him, after all it is every childs dream to have their mother visit every time he turns around isn't it??? I have been busy getting some things done this week to post while I am gone. A special little St Patty's treat, and I promise to share some photos of the beautiful winter on the Kenai Penninsula.

Have a great week!


  1. That dark border floats the design beautifully. Great job. Great post.

  2. Thanks Mary. I am learning new lessons every day. In surprising places. Sometimes you have to open your mind to see them! Sharing with others is so much fun! Guess that old adage "you never stop learning" is true!

  3. What a fabulous learning experience that we can all relate to. I love the colors you chose and how the quilt has turned out. I'm working on an IC that is feeling ho-hum at the moment. Maybe turning it on point might liven things up somewhat.

    Enjoy the birthday visit with your son.


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