Continuing on our quilt-along, we’ll finish it up today. If you are just now finding this post, start HERE. Quilting the Nine Patch Star was next. Here’s where I left off last week, with the border on the blocks matching the center block in the nine patch.
I loaded the runner on the longarm and selected one of my holiday themed pantographs, a bell and holly design called Deck the Halls by Patricia Ritter for Urban Elementz. Quilting went very fast, only three passes and it was done.
The pantograph was the perfect choice, and one I rarely get to use. The runner has Warm and Natural batting with Essentials thread on top and Aurifil in the bobbin.
Next, trim the piece, and apply the binding.
Hand stitching binding while watching football games is a favorite thing to do.
All done! I put it on the little coffee table in the den. The width was perfect for that spot.
One other note about this pattern, even though came up with this on my own, I was certain it wasn’t original. It was too simple and had to have been done many times before. Several readers have emailed me that Missouri Star did it a couple of years ago, but, their pattern is not a nine-patch, it is a four 4-patch (or a 16-patch) in the center. See HERE. The main design uses the same size unit 4-patches as the star points. It has been published before by Pat Sloan as Happy Little Wishes, see it HERE. She wasn’t the first to publish either, as it was apparently published in a McCalls Quilting magazine in 2011, although I have not been able to verify that. I’m sure that other examples can be found. Still, it is a fun block and I hope you enjoy using it with my ideas for color placement.
Just this past week, reader Sheila was kind enough to send me a picture of her Scrap Dance Waltz quilt with permission to share it with all of you. She did a fabulous job, with 608 HST’s and 2833 pieces, her 90-inch square quilt is spectacular!
What are you quilting this season?