Monday, April 4, 2016

Patriotic Picnic

Just popping in to share my quilt top "Patriotic Picnic".    


I designed this quilt so I could use up the 90 or so nine patch UFO blocks .  It's a large quilt, finishing at 90 inch square.


The low volume background was a real challenge since my go-to background is usually plain ole Kona White.  It takes a lot more planning and paying attention to detail when working with the many different background prints, but well worth the effort, don't you think?


Well I didn't use up all those nine patches.  48 more on the wall.  Another design challenge.  Make a quilt that uses exactly 48 nine patches.  It took a lot of trial and error but I came up with a plan using exactly 48.


How about a little peak at my design wall. Plenty of white space for applique or quilting, I'm leaning towards applique.


A close up of the border fabrics that were also leftover from the Patriotic Picnic quilt.  The navy blue is from my vintage stash and the red is brand spanking new.


Hope to see you in a few with another finished quilt top.

~ Lea Anne ~




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33 comments:

  1. what a great picnic quilt such a good way to use some of those blocks and your new design for the other 48 will be pretty spectacular too I expect we will see it made in a few days no pressure!

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  2. WOW! I love it! You've got mad skills! Just beautiful. I'd love to make one of these. I would love to buy this pattern from you!

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  3. You sure did make a lot of nine patches. The patriotic picnic is a gorgeous quilt and I agree that the low volume background is worth it. I'm sure the second quilt will be just as gorgeous.

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  4. Such a beauty Lea Anne! The borders are a nice extension of the pattern. Really sweet, & a sibling in the works too!

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  5. definitely worth it, I just love it.

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  6. Beautiful quilt as always Lea Anne. I am amazed at how much you get done! And you have the time to post and blog about it too! I am so far behind in taking photos and posting to my blog the things I have made since last year.

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  7. I love to have a picnic with that quilt!! Great job! Congrats with the finish. Love to see the other top.

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  8. Oh my! two great quilts moving forward. Will you be quilting the picnic quilt? I'm not sure I could use it for a picnic -- it's just too pretty. And the leftover 9 patches will make another great quilt. Lots going on in your studio.

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  9. I love your design. You gave me the solution to my mum's needle point blocks. I am going to put her 9 or 10 blocks into a quilt but I was wondering how to match the background colour. When I saw your low volume background I knew that was the answer. Thanks!

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  10. Lea Anne, this is a real beauty! Your applique and piecing are perfect!

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  11. This is beautiful. Anyone looking at it wouldn't realize it was designed around nine patches. And I really like your 48 nine patch layout.

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  12. I love it--what a fun way to use your nine patches! I can't wait to see what happens with the rest of them!

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  13. Such a pretty way to use up leftovers!

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  14. I think your quilt is wonderful, so bright and happy.

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  15. I just absolutely love your style! The picnic quilt is wonderful and looks fantastic. I struggle with low volume too - it looks so good the way you've worked with them here. Thanks for sharing this on MCM!

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  16. It's just amazing what you did with the simple little 9 patches! I love your picnic quilt, but the second quilt is going to be beautiful, too!

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  17. I love playing with 9 patches. Your designs are quite creative. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  18. I love your quilt design, and I got a chuckle out of how much work was added to those languishing 9-patch blocks. Claire aka knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

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  19. Still my favorite! Just beautiful. Can't wait to see what your quilting magic does for it.

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  20. Wow! It's gorgeous. I'm so impressed by what you came up with just because you wanted to use up some nine patches. And another in the works to boot! Yes, very impressive!

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  21. Patriotic picnic turned out beautifully! Looking forward to seeing how the remaining 48 blocks work up.

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  22. Beautiful use of those leftovers, and the applique is stunning. I'm sure the next 9 patch will be just as beautiful.

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  23. Beautiful and I can't wait to see your new design Lea Anne!!

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  24. You have outdone yourself, Lea Anne! Two beautiful quilts. I love the finished top. You did a great job with the design. Can't wait to see the second one in progress.

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  25. Oh my! This is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  26. Hi! I love both of your quilt projects! Colours and fabrics are bo beautiful and the pattern with some applique mixed with stars is fantastic! I'm sure the next one is going to be really good, too! x Teje

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  27. So pretty! I love red, white and blue!

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  28. This quilt is gorgeous!! I just love it! Great job! :)

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  29. This quilt is gorgeous! And I can't wait to see the next one.

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  30. Lovely quilt - a great design to use up the nine patches. Unbelievable that you have 48 left! And yes, go with applique on the next one.

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