Monday, October 29, 2012

Mom's Nine Patch

Life is like a patchwork quilt
And each little patch is a day,
Some patches are rosy, happy and bright,
And some are dark and gray.

But each little patch as it's fitted in
And sewn to keep it together
Makes a finished block in this life of ours
Filled with sun, and with rainy weather.

So let me work on Life's patchwork quilt
Through the rainy days and the sun --
Trusting that when I have finished my block
The master may say: "Well done."
Elizabeth Ryan DeCoursey in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America (1935)

As Hurricane Sandy began blustering around us, the quilting group gathered round Mom's completed nine-patch quilt and marveled at her achievement. All of her points line up! And it's stunning to behold! It's a nine patch masterpiece! Well done Mom!!


Anonymous said...

phenomenal. omg. what artistry.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!


Anonymous said...

This is absolutely stunning. I love how the 9 patches on point border the quilt so perfectly. Is there a pattern for this? I would love to make one!!

Shari said...

The pattern proposed an applique border. Mom created the 9-patch-on-point border. She would tell you that the border worked out perfectly only on account of luck, but we all know that skill has a lot to do with luck.

Shari said...

I should have mentioned that for the quilt's body Mom set a tone-on-tone hour glass between the nine patches. The hour glasses were quilted in the ditch with an "X" while the nine patches were outlined around their borders. An egg-and-dart pattern was quilted in the borders.