My friends, Patty (Patalier) and Barbara (Oodles and Oodles), always find the best vintage stuff, and my favorite things among all this stuff are fabric, notions, and anything quilt related. So, when Barbara had a sale at her home for friends and family, and I was unable to attend (she’s in NY, I’m in Seattle), Patty (who lives in the same small town as Barbara) picked up some wonderful antique 9-patch blocks for me. She’s always doing this sort of thing.
Now I wish I had thought to photograph the package of antique blocks. I can tell you that they were quite large, and contained a nice assortment of light shirtings including several in pink and blue, as well as darker prints in indigo, red and black. Because I wanted to maintain the look of the original blocks, I made a scrappy nine-patch quilt without sashing or borders, alternating between predominately red and blue (or black) blocks. The simple quilting design is two crossed football shapes in each block; the backing and binding are reproduction fabrics.
Patty is an amazing seamstress and quilter, and I thought it would be fun to make a little quilt for her sewing room — something that will remind her of how much I appreciate her generosity.
Nine-Patch Doll Quilt
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2012
machine pieced, hand quilted
17″ x 17″