Judy of Patchwork Times chose #7 for June's UFO project. On my list, I'm choosing a UFO to send out to be quilted. There are four quilt tops currently hanging in my closet that need to be quilted, two of which I will quilt myself. The others are just too big for my small harped Husqvarna Lily. The oldest--and largest--is an oversized version of Bonnie Hunter's Rick Rack Nines.
Years ago I was in a Yahoo Group called Quiltbiddies and we did a lot of block swaps. These 9 patches were made with 3.5" squares so the blocks are pretty big. I loved Bonnie's zig zag setting and used her free setting triangle chart for the tan solid. I'm thinking a Baptist Fan would be nice for the traditional scrappy fabrics and colors.
I ended up having to make a few half blocks for the top and bottom of the quilt as some of the swap blocks were not usable or I didn't care for the colors. This top is 92x105 and will cover our CalKing bed. I purchased a 108" wide backing at Road to California, so will need to add leaders to the top and bottom, at a minimum, and find a quilter with a long arm large enough. Speaking of Bonnie Hunter, who used to also be a member of Quiltbiddies long before I joined, she is coming to a local quilt guild this month and I snagged an open spot for her My Blue Heaven workshop. There is a lot of cutting to do before then but I am really looking forward to it. It was a "Biddie" who led me to Bonnie's Quiltville blog in 2009--before then I had never heard of quilting blogs. It wasn't long until I started my own blog, and here I am all these years later.
The other quilt is also constructed of 9 patch swap blocks in reproduction fabrics; these are 6" finished. There were so many swappers that we each received about 80 blocks. This is the third project I made from my cache, which I'm calling Cheddar and Cinnamon, and it is 72" square.
The pattern is from a Thimbleberries book and is called Nine Patch Criss Cross. I altered the square in square blocks using two colors to make stars appear around the nine patches. I tried to emphasize the stars by placing red nine patches with the Cinnamon star points, and green nine patches with the Cheddar star points. Squint a little...