I have been collecting fabric and quilting books over the years from garage sales and thrift shops. I love to read about the origins of quilts and look at all the magnificent patterns. My hopes were that one day, I would take the time to begin the journey of learning how to make quilts. So... to fulfill one of my many goals in life, I am beginning this week on the "Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt". This project was inspired by Mary over at Gettysburg Homestead . If you click on her blog name, it will take you to her post that will be the first of many on creating "The Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt". And thanks to the all the fine quilters that have taken the time to demonstrate their craft on YouTube. It is a world of learning on the Internet. Click here if you would like to watch the video from the Missouri Quilt Co. that does a tutorial on this project and many other quilting videos.
The first decision for me was to choose the fabric for my quilt. I have always had a fondness for the colors of fall and Halloween. For this quilt, I picked a few of my favorite patterns. *Interesting thrifty note: The pumpkin square on the bottom right of the block was cut from fabric that was originally a treat bag that my son was given many years ago. The bag was made by bunching a large square of fabric around some candy and tying it with a ribbon, so the square wasn't damaged at all. Hey, can't go throwing away perfectly good fabric... right? I knew it would be of use one day. Well... maybe not 15 years later... but better late than never! ;)
Since I have never cut blocks before, I was tempted to buy some charm packs. My hubby looked at me like I crazy for throwing that thought out there. So I took the plunge and cut my beloved fabric. But do not worry, I have plenty of extra just in case. :)