When I made the blue and yellow version of To The Nines, I didn’t know when I started how big I wanted to make that quilt. I made nine patches with width of fabric strips, and ended up with a lot more than I needed. I really cannot use the other topper as it is now part of my trunk show, so another topper needed to be made.
I had plenty of yellow to sew alternating patches with the nine patch blocks.
The top went together quickly.
Now for borders, the first one is white to separate the main body of the top from the scrappy border to come. There is a lot of yellow with the solid squares, and I wanted to bring out more blue.
Blue strips were sewn together then cross cut to form a scrappy border.
To make it fit exactly, I did my trick of taking up just a bit here and there until the border measured the same as the quilt top.
Onto the longarm for quilting. I used a leftover piece of Warm and Natural batting.
The pantograph is called Pipeline, a nice swirly design with just a suggestion of hearts.
I quilted with King Tut gold variegated cotton thread on top, Bottom Line in the bobbin.
Quilting was a breeze on this small project, done in a jiffy.
I like the texture of the quilting. Ready to trim and bind.
I had yardage left of the yellow, but when auditioned it on the quilt I didn’t like it. I didn’t want to detract from the scrappy blues. So, I pulled out the blues I had left, but none of the prints had enough to do the binding. Nothing else in my stash matched that blue.
Nothing says the binding has to be all the same thing, so I cut a bunch of pieces into strips and made the binding scrappy too.
With lots of binding seams, it was important to do a careful test fit so I didn’t get a seam on a corner.
It was stitched on the topside, then hand whipped to the back.
All done, I do like the blue on the edge. So fresh and bright, it inspired me to do a table with it, and I’ll show you that soon.
Edited to add dimensions for those who would like to do this quick little leftovers topper. Total size of the topper is 36-inches square, but you can easily make it bigger or smaller by adjusting the borders you add. The nine patches are made with jelly roll strips, and are 6-inches finished, alternating with 6-inch finished (cut 6-1/2-inches) plain yellow squares.The white border is 1-inch finished (cut 1-1/2-inches wide)The final scrappy border is cut 2-1/2 inches, and finishes at 2-inches.
What are you working on this week?
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