Disappearing 9-Patch

I hadn’t intended on making a quilt for my Cousin’s wedding, but that’s just what I did. I was shopping for another project when I ran across this beautiful brown floral that screamed, “Stacey!” and I just had to buy it.

I saw a disappearing 9-patch sample at New Pieces in Berkeley, CA and thought, “I can make that.” After much thought and head-scratching I ended up at Cluck Cluck Sew where Allison Harris has a wonderful D9P tutorial.

I can usually see a pattern or repeat in my head, but for this quilt I spent many hours trying to figure that out. I scanned a few blocks to layout using Photoshop and printed color copies of different ideas until I found the one I liked. I was originally planning to embroider words like love, cherish, family, hope, dreams, etc. on some of the blocks, but after looking at how busy the pattern was I decided against it.

For quilting I used Mary Mashuta’s Foolproof Machine Quilting technique. She offers 2 classes through New Pieces: Foolproof Machine Quilting: The Basics and Foolproof Machine Quilting: The Fun Stuff.

Since I had no idea what design I was going to quilt when I originally purchased the fabric, I had plenty left over to make matching throw pillows. I found a great tutorial from Angela at Cottage Magpie.