Start Your Engines
‘Start Your Engines’ is a fitting quip for the New Year, and for this quanket that uses a fun race car fabric! Several months ago on another post, I made a comment about how many traditional quilt designs are variations of a 9-patch. Well, here is a modern design that is also a variation of a 9-patch. Ya gotta love the 9-patch for its versatility!
If you look through the quilts I have created, I sort of am all over the place in regards to style(similar to my wardrobe – all over the place 😉 ) I am style agnostic: I like modern, traditional and contemporary. While I really like modern quilt design, I tend to shy away from it since many designs predominately use white as a background color. I love the choice of white for its high-contrast value, but since I make these quilts for kids, I fear that white fabric is not going to go the distance. So instead of white, I use other colors for my backgrounds to help convey the modern feel.
This was a super fun, quick design that can be put together in less than a day. It is also a good scraps-buster project, especially if you have wonky-shaped scraps. The blue background fabric was some I had inherited from Edith and the race car fabric was given to me by a close friend. Most of the others were pulled from my scraps bins. There are a lot of ‘pieces of the past’ fabrics that were used in this quanket!
This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, for a child in foster care in April 2018.
Have you ever noticed how a lot of the more traditional quilt patterns seem to be a version of a standard 9-patch quilt? This quilt pattern is called Panache, and can be found here. I had come across this design over at Hyacinth Quilt Design, which by the way, I love how she came about choosing the name for her blog.
Most of the fabrics I used in my Puddy Tat quanket are new, with the exception of one that was left over from a quanket I had made for my Mom many years ago, and some 4″ squares I had gotten when I visited the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook in 2015. A couple of these cut squares had the maker’s mark on the edge, Aunt Jane’s RJR Fashion. It’s a cute fabric, with small pink, white and blue flowers (?) on a tan background. I am not sure if it is vintage, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is – it has that look about it.
This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, for a foster child in June 2017.
Do you ever purchase a super cute fabric that you just can’t resist, but then find that it sits in your stash, and for some reason, you seem to be avoiding it? In this case, the fabric is a beautiful Julia Cairns African inspired design. Each time I saw it there in my stash, beckoning me, I wasn’t quite sure how to do justice to the fabric, as each of the animal blocks is a different size. But then the idea finally came to me: a 9-patch might be the answer.
A standard 9-patch is such a perfect block pattern because it so flexible. The color palette was pulled from the animal print – blues, gold and greens – taken from a variety of leftover pieces from other past quanket projects.
The name Hakuna Matata was inspired by the animal print, and from a Corrie ten Boom quote I recently came across:
Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
This quanket was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, for a foster child in June 2016.
The design for Madagascar Foxtrot is based off of a basic 9-patch quilt. This one is a true patchwork quilt as I used scraps that were left from these prior Love Hugs quilts – Check This!, Shooting Star and Green Tetons. And, I still have more of these fabrics!
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I donated this quilt to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in September 2014.
Silky Lizard was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, in March 2014.
In the very bottom corner of the quilt, is one of Granny’s cute little hankies. I donated this quilt to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo in March 2013.
Aunt Bettys’ 9 Patch
This quilt had sat in my sewing closet for years. I never quite knew what to do with it, as it did not really fit with the color-scheme of my home. This was a quilt that my Aunt Betty had started, but never finished. I finished it and donated it to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo in March 2013.