I wanted to participate in a quilt-along offered by Freda at Impera Magna and try the Disappearing Nine-Patch block. My problem is that I’m not good at reporting my progress on quilt-alongs and before I know it, I’ve completed the quilt without really participating.
To audition the block, I made a doll’s quilt first ….
Then, I started making a child-size “I Spy” quilt for our local Linus Project which distributes quilts to children in hospitals. I used all scraps for this quilt and bought only the fleece for the backing (which the Linus group prefers) and thread. It turned out to be bigger than I expected – 47 inches wide x 58 inches long. I’ve been having back problems and didn’t want to wrestle a large quilt through my Bernina. This quilt was bigger than I intended, but manageable.
Instead of turning the blocks as shown in Freda’s instructions, I simply switched the top right and bottom left square in each block so that my I Spy blocks would not be turned.
Rather than buy more fabric for the border, I made an extra row of blocks and did not use a border. I used the fleece as backing and batting and did a very simple quilting pattern on the machine.
I draped the finished quilt over my couch and left the room to get my camera. When I came back, Addie, the beagle, was well settled on the quilt, looking as though I had made it for her. Luckily, the Linus group meticulously washes all of the quilts that are donated so I know it will be in good shape when it goes to the hospital.