So, naturally in 2002 when the Blooming Nine Patch was going to be taught at my guild retreat, I just had to make one. I asked Aaron and Leah, who were "just friends" and both art majors, to help me select the fabrics. We had a blast at the quilt shop and these are the fabrics we came home with ......
One of the tools we used to organize our fabrics at retreat was this sheet .....
Even though this quilt is partially strip-pieced it's difficult to keep all the pieces lined up and in the right order. Then, as you can see, I added several rows because I wanted it to end up a King size.
Once it was coming together into a completed top, it was obvious that it wasn't going to look really finished unless it had a darker final border so I added even more rows, this fabric.....
.....and a black Moda Marble.
NOW it looks finished. And it's a mere 110" by 120"
It IS pretty, though, isn't it?
Aaron and Leah are still friends, AND they just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. They had actually forgotten all about this quilt. Not me! It's the oldest thing on my UFO list!
Since it's another humongous quilt (I've made a few of those!) I thought I would have it machine quilted by a professional. Well, my son and daughter-in-law are kind of sentimental and romantic. They want ME to quilt it. Awwww! Aren't they cute?
Of the 1,010 blocks I have 37 quilted so far. I just might be able to get it done in time for their 10th anniversary!