Scrappy purple 9-patch

posted by Laurel
Wed, Feb 15 2012


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I decided to see how many different purple fabrics I could find and use in a quilt.  I lost track but I know there are over a hundred different fabrics in this queen-size quilt top ranging from batiks to large-scale prints and everything in between.  I did make strip sets so there is some repetition in the quilt, and I had problems finding enough lights as I seemed to gravitate to darks and mediums.  I ended up using some fabrics as both light and dark values depending on where they were placed in the quilt.  This quilt wasn't exactly planned... I just kept sewing  2" strips together and then combined the strip sets at the end in whatever looked right, which is why in at least one place, there is a mistake 'cause I have the same medium fabric next to itself, used once as a light (combined with a dark fabric) and once as a dark (combined with a light fabric).   It was supposed to be a 9-patch quilt - at least that was the original plan, but I think it ended up being more a postage-stamp quilt, GRIN.

When I planned the border, I originally was going to use the 3 shades of purple (light lavender, medium purple, and the dark purple), but then I decided to pull out the green from some of the prints for a more contrast, and 'cause the bedroom walls are a light green color.  So, I chose a solid green that matched the green in the pansy prints and used it as the "medium" value, so it ended up with a triple border in 2" widths.  The green border really helped as 3 shades of purple was too much and overwhelmed the quilt.

I still need to quilt and bind this top.  I found a beautiful wide backing fabric in ombre shades of purple.  I plan to do very simple stich-in-the-ditch for the main part of the quilt and then do more detailed stitching in the border.

I think it turned out well for my first full-size quilt and no pattern.

Laurel in West Plains, MO Home of Gammill Quilting (a long-arm quilting machine is on my wish list)

Comments

Gina C. wrote re: Scrappy purple 9-patch
on Wed, Feb 15 2012 5:55 PM

You did a great job! I love the colors you chose. I have a friend whose favorite color is purple and have been wanting to make a quilt for her. Your quilt has inspired me.

Laurel wrote re: Scrappy purple 9-patch
on Wed, Feb 15 2012 6:37 PM

It was fun.  I'm still picking up fat eights and fat quarters when I shop as if I don't have enough purple fabrics (although I did use all of some colors).  One of my many quilt magazines recently had a scrappy quilt using half-square triangles.  Think I'm going to do that next to use up more of the purple fabric.

Renee wrote re: Scrappy purple 9-patch
on Thu, Feb 16 2012 4:27 AM

Laurel,  this is the dream quilt I would like to make one day for myself.  Purple and Red are my favorite colors.  

The quilt is awesome.

Linda wrote re: Scrappy purple 9-patch
on Thu, Feb 16 2012 6:53 AM

I love the scrappy look and I especially love purple and green. Great job!

Marge (AKA Dimples) wrote re: Scrappy purple 9-patch
on Thu, Feb 16 2012 6:28 PM

Very nice Laurel.  

dardar wrote re: Scrappy purple 9-patch
on Thu, Feb 16 2012 8:33 PM

This quilt caught my eye right away. I love the colors and you have a nice balance in your shades. I sure don't notice any mistakes. You should be proud of your results. I love scrappy quilts too and love just pulling fabrics together. I bet you had fun finding all of those purples.

Spudgrandma wrote re: Scrappy purple 9-patch
on Tue, Feb 21 2012 12:37 PM

Very pretty and a great use of fat 1/4s   Love scrappy

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