Friday, 31 May 2013

paid to play...

 you have heard me say it before and you will doubtlessly hear me say it again...

I LOVE MY JOB!!


what's not to love? people pay me proper money to play with fabrics - money i can spend in shops, money i can barter for goods we need, money i can pay bills with...PROPER money!

the latest playing i have been paid to do is this disappearing 9 patch baby quilt.
i am a little bit in love with the disappearing 9 patch and having made my pillow for the pillow talk swap in it recently i wanted to give a quilt a try. i thought it was a perfect block for busier fabrics. 


 i know i am a little bit late to the D9P party - only by about 3 or 4 years - but it is such a great block it definitely needs a revival.


i love the randomness of D9P. i love how you can pick any 9 blocks, sew them together, cut them up, repeat repeat again and shuffle all the mini blocks around and have something that works.
back to the job bit...
the customer wanted a mix of jewel, liberty type fabrics and was happy for a big mix up so this layout was perfect.
there is repetition with the majority of the fabrics, which in the midst of all the craziness gives a cohesive feel, but i included a few snippets of my favourite fabrics that i had enough for just one square in the whole quilt. i put in my absolute favourite piece that had been sitting on my desk. it is a little sample square that Ayumi had sent me with a recent order. sadly she didn't have any more, so that's it now, gone.


i so enjoyed making this quilt and piecing a D9P. i am most definitely going to put it on the list of throws to make for us. it won't pay me in money but it certainly will in joy, which is almost as good...almost.

i am going to leave you with a question which i would love you to link to...
did you do D9P back in the day? if so would you share a link to your makes? i would love to see. if you didn't is there another quilting pattern you have recently discovered where you feel you are a bit late to the party?

if i knew how to do one of those clever linky things at the bottom of the post here i would, but i can't, so please leave your links in the comments and can't wait to see!


14 comments:

dosierosie said...

My very first quilt earlier this year was a D9P for my mum-in-law. It had a fleece back as she was in a hospice and it made it very cosy. Unfortunately the photo isn't very good and it isn't finished.
Gillx
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dosie-rosie/8899612246/

Charlotte said...

I have never made a D9P, would you believe it! I think I missed it when it was the thing to do. They make a great baby quilt :-)

Ally said...

I am very new to quilting and haven't even finished my first quilt yet. The D9P looks great though and will definitely give it a go. What a great job you have!!

Kay said...

I have never made one. The first small quilt I ever made was a dresden using EPP. I am still addicted to dresdens and hexagons to this day as I love EPP. Such a lovely quilt you have made, I love to see an electic mix of fabrics.

Isisjem said...

When I got back into quilting a few years ago the first quilt I did was EPP then I used my precious acquisition of Mendocino to do a D9P I did it slightly different to you in that there were repeats of the fabric in each block. I'll see if I can find a link. Having see how you used random fabric in each block ie maybe 9 dif fabrics in at least some blocks I'm thinking this might be a great use for some charms I have sat at home...it might be my next quilt!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83584659@N00/4937804579/in/photolist-8wkxgH-8E9Uvf-8yZUXd-8Hupyt-akYUid

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83584659@N00/5407957512/in/photolist-9eTcmL-9eTbvh-9eQ32k-9eQ6g6-9eiatw-9eB9uB-9ef6He-9eiaJE-8woxG7-8vajbU-8seNQa-8Akdjm-9eB9e6-am2jjP-8wkxgH-8E9Uvf-8yZUXd-8Hupyt-akYUid

Julie said...

I made my first D9P recently and loved it - I'm sure I'll make more. I used a much bigger starting square but it is such a forgiving design I think you can get away with most things! Blogged here http://www.forestpoppy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/for-first-time-ever-im-on-time-with.html
Juliex

lindsey said...

This is a beautiful quilt.

Nicky said...

I seem to like going in my own direction - wherever that takes me!

Love your quilt though!

Catherine said...

I love D9P: I made a gorgeous runner using that pattern: still use it every day. Love the baby quilt

memmens said...

So gorgeous and don't worry I'm of the mind that it's cool to be late to the party hence I made my first D9P this year too! I love the randomness of it: http://mary.emmens.co.uk/2013/05/19/bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2013-all-stars/

Flying Blind... said...

It looks lovely! I made one a couple of years ago for mum http://flyingblindonarocketcycle.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/thats-bit-more-like-it.html I still love it xxx

Cottilello X said...

Lovely quilt. I have made several d9p'es, but never a scrappy one. Must try!
And there's more of the blue retro fabric here: http://www.tikkilondon.com/00FabricRetro.htm

Archie the wonder dog said...

I've only ever made four D9p blocks, for Bee Blessed http://flic.kr/p/axrpEX I was shocked by how much white fabric it used!

Hannah said...

This is so lovely! I love combining florals, even though I'm never sure if it's a solid design strategy. The colors are stunning. Would you be willing to share this in the new quilting section on Kollabora, the crafting community? A lot of us have just recently gotten into quilting and are looking for inspiration.