I Seem to Have a Pattern

A project I’ve had my eye on doing is from a book called “The Blue and the Gray” written by Mary Etherington & Connie Tesene. I really like several of the little quilts in this book, but I love the quilt on the front cover, called Civil Unrest.

my book

Since I was going to Florida, I prepared 216 flying geese units to make using the Studio 180, Wing Clipper. I got them all sewn and trimmed up! I was so very pleased about that! Those are not fun to make, but a great tedious job for me when retreating. Oh happy dance!

my flying geese!

Next up was to make 45, 9-patches and 16, 2-inch square-in-a-square blocks. That sure seemed like that was easy enough, so I thought I’d get this little quilt knocked out in no time.

9-patches and blocks

It seems like I have a pattern going lately, changing up patterns. Sometimes it is completely unintentional! That’s a fancy way to say, I messed up and decided to make do with what I made. I got all of my components done and it wasn’t until I was laying it out, that I realized I had MESSED UP! That is exactly what I did on my geese; I had put my color on the outside instead of on the inside. Oh no!!! It was dark on dark, and it seemed too dark!

all together

Now how do I work around that! I did NOT want to remake 216 flying geese, they finish at 1-inch by 2-inches! I auditioned framing the blocks, and I even made 45 light 9-patches (color on the inside) thinking I would like that better but then it was too light! I changed out the alternating plain blocks from dark to shirtings. I don’t think I’ve ripped out so much on a top in a long time.

inner framed to separate the colors

trying out negative 9-patches with shirtings

9-patches and shirtings

negative 9-patches and a regular 9-patch with shirtings

positive and negative 9-patches

negative 9-patches and dark blocks

looking at the big picture with negative 9-patches

a closer view of the positive and negative

After a lot of auditioning, I finally came up with something I liked and finally got it finished! I’m really glad that this is only a small quilt. I also thought it was ironic name of this little quilt. I think mine is going to be called “Civil Unrest to the Test”!

decided to put the really dark 9-patches in the center and lighter ones on the edge

my civil tested! ha

I decided to put on a small outer border to frame up those geese!

and she is done!

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads.
Love and hugs,
Ronda

About ronda926

I enjoy piecing quilts and getting to know people, as well as sharing the information I have on sewing. I love the sense of accomplishment once I'm finished.
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4 Responses to I Seem to Have a Pattern

  1. Lori says:

    Love it!

  2. Prissy says:

    I read lots of quilt blogs but almost never comment. However, this quilt is beautiful. I have been looking for a pattern to fit my dad’s shirts and his personality. I think he’d laugh at the Civil Unrest title. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

    • ronda926 says:

      thank you! I think this would be great for shirts! thank you for your interest and your comment! I found the title to be quite appropriate for me and my little battle with the fabrics!! You have a blessed day!

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