What does one do with an excess of 2″ black and various colour pieces of fabric? If you are me, you end up making a 144 patch 18″ quilt block with no plan in mind for said block.
Even though I liked it I had no real plans for the block so nothing more happened with it other than getting put into a box of quilt “spare parts”.
While looking at big block baby quilts I saw this picture
It’s a picture of a quilt available for purchase on Craftsy that is 90″ square. While I wasn’t interested in purchasing a pattern for this quilt, or making something 90″ square it did give me an idea how to set that 144 patch block I had set aside some months ago. Green star points would set this quilt off nicely.
So stash digging I went looking for a suitable green and a neutral, did some math and created 8 half square 9.5″ green and white triangles that will finish at 9″ in the quilt.
Perfect, other than what do with the corners. I knew immediately I didn’t want plain corners. That would be just too bland. I found a black and multicoloured 16 patch and auditioned that in in the corners but it was two overpowering. I then auditioned a 9-patch block and knew I had found what I was looking for.
The 9-patch blocks finished at 4.5″ which meant I’d need 2.25′ strips around the block to make to make the blocks 9″. So after doing some quilt-y math I cut 2.75″ strips of my neutral and made what are essentially a 9″ modified Happy Blocks.
Here is the finished quilt top. It’s 36″ square and the perfect sized for a baby quilt. Once quilted and bound it will likely go to the guild’s charity quilt program for donation.