Friday 8 April 2011

Disappearing Nine Patch

I bought a cheap sewing machine in August because I wanted new curtains for the bedroom.  Everything I had found in the shops that I even vaguely liked was prohibitively expensive, so I decided that I could sew exactly what I wanted for much less than retail prices.  I had never sewn before, but my mom is very experienced and was able to help guide me over the phone.  The curtains turned out just as I had hoped, then I made more for the kitchen and a tablecloth too.  Although delighted with my new decor, I wanted to sew something more creative.  I tried a few skirts - cute but I still haven't brought myself to hem them...  I have always loved quilts, so I thought why not give that a try?  Anyway, all this to say I found something I really enjoy.

In October I bought a fat quarter bundle of Tanya Whelan's Darla in pinks and blues, and inspired by the disappearing nine patch tutorial over at Cluck. Cluck. Sew, I started cutting up squares for my first quilt.  I pieced the top as best I could without a 1/4 inch foot and squared up all the blocks with just a yardstick and cutting mat.  Thankfully, a collective Christmas present from my family arrived early in November, so I didn't have to tackle the quilting on my $70 Brother!  I abandoned the quilting mid-way through in order to finish a different quilt for my sister before Christmas and only finished this one up in February when I returned from a month-long holiday in the States. 

Ok, enough rambling are the photos my husband kindly took for me last weekend at le Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil




  1. Your D9P is stunning! Great photos, too! How do you like your Elna?? It's so funny - I got a sewing machine on a whim last August too! Hadn't sewn a single stitch before that and now I, too, am on the hunt for a new machine since I fell in love with quilting :)

  2. Thanks! and i'll pass along the compliment for the photos to my husband - he loves getting credit for his pictures! It's funny how fast you can get hooked on quilting isn't it? I LOVE my Elna! I looked at other brands, (Brother, Pfaff, Janome...) and my mom tested most of them out for me. I am so, so happy with my choice - it is just a totally different sewing experience from my first machine. You won't look back!

  3. What a sweet little DNP, love that pattern. It is my go to pattern when I need something fast. I just signed in as a Follower of yours, hope you will take a look at my blog May 1st I will be posting one of my quilts each day. Come join in it is called ABC's in May. Look forward to reading your post.