On Saturday I felt like piecing and poked around the messy sewing room for something to play with. While looking for something else, I found a few orts left from previous projects. Handily next to that bin was another full of civil war prints. An idea was born.
I do think nine patches are some of the friendliest blocks around.
So I decided to make some more. This Judy Rothermel print is one I've hoarded for a couple of years. (CW prints do not go well with my ironing board cover!)
The three new nine patches joined two other leftovers from Julie's 9 patch swap from a few years ago. The plain blocks just happened to be exactly the right size--they are leftovers from the 50 bowties quilt I made for my brother a few years ago, a Thimbleberries print in that warm golden tan I like so much.
I had just a couple of 2.5" strips of this second Thimbleberries print that I sliced in half for a narrow border to float the center. Another hoarded Judy Rothermel print for the outer border completed the small quilt top.
You can hardly tell where I pieced the outer border strips, can you? While looking for something else, I found one more piece of the plain block Thimbleberries print, which is exactly the right size for a backing. It was sure nice to have some piecing fun playing with orts!