As promised, quilt content

My assistants were helping me while I was trying to take some photographs.

They were fighting over this bone.


I showed a little bit of this quilting the other day, you got a glimpse of how close I had come to running out of thread.

I’m only showing the back, because the front is busy enough that the quilting is really hard to see in a photograph.


Don’t look too closely.  My backtracking isn’t all that great.


This was my second try at a freehand design on this particular quilt, and I wasn’t 100% happy with the choice, but when I realized that I might have preferred something different (namely:  something less dense…), I was really too far along to actually undo the stitching I had already done.


It’s done, now, and that’s what counts.  Well, done quilting, it does still need a binding.

This is a terrible picture, and I apologize  for that.  The pieces are just slapped up on my design wall and it’s not really bright enough for a good picture in there.


For better for for worse, this is what the Blooming Nine Patch is looking like.  The rainbow stripe is from my shopping excursion over the weekend, and the two inner fabrics are out of my stash.  I wish I’d had more of either one of those:  if I had, I would have put things in a different order.

The Nine patches are all made, the plain pieces are all cut:  now to sew it all together into rows.  The original pattern calls for 8 fabrics, I’m only using 7.  I’m not sure how  wide I’ll make the bug border, I just pinned the yardage up on the design wall to give an idea of what it will look like.

My Wednesday piano students are here, gotta run!



  1. Deb Levy says:

    I like the quilting, it has a nice flow to it. You’re moving right along with the blooming 9 patch too.

    The dogs look like they’re adjusting. They are both so cute!

  2. Mary Ann (mom) says:

    I’m liking the blooming 9 patch. I like what stripes do to it. Can’t wait to see the progress.

  3. Vicki W says:

    OMG, that backtracking is horrible! I can’t believe you would show that publicly! 😉 Just kidding you know. I think it looks awesome and can’t wait for you to teach it to me!

    I love the new center fabric for the BNP. I really should make one of these quilts one day.

  4. mywhisperingpines says:

    I don’t know how you have time to do all that you do! The awesome quilting, blogging, MQResource, family, your scrapbooking…..etc, etc, etc.! You are the super woman! WOW! You do beautiful work Suzanne. Trish

  5. Lynn Douglass says:

    I think the quilting design is pretty darned cool, and I can’t see a thing wrong with your backtracking. I like the way the BNP looks. I’ve seen A LOT of these quilts, and I think yours is, by far, one of the most interesting I’ve seen. Your fabric choices are unexpected, and they work well together.

  6. Angela says:

    A) the quilting is lovely!

    B) the blooming 9 patch rocks.

    C) this winter stuff? Oh so over it! I’m about ready to give up on this darned season too. We haven’t had all the snow days — but darned if my toes have been warm (other than the brief 5 days I spent at my Mom’s in the desert) in two and 1/2 months!

  7. Beth says:

    I’m really loving this quilt! Can’t wait to see it done! You’ve definitely inspired me to try one! Where’d you get the pattern?

    Hey, I tagged you on my blog, but don’t feel obligated.

  8. Tina Chamberlain says:

    What?!? No comments on the weather?!?!
    Love the freehand quilting. I think it looks terrific. And your blooming 9 patch is coming along beautifully. It’s amazing how it all works and blends together…

  9. Deb says:

    WOW! That’s really cool. I almost expect to see a photo emerge from it the patterns of the fabric. Nice work.

  10. Alycia says:

    Ohh Now I really like that BNP – I love the choice of colors… is it for me? I missed that part of the post LOL. I really like the quilting on the top quilt as well. It looks like you really filled the spaces well!

    Sorry about the snow – I wish I could help there….

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