You'll be pleased to know that i'm right on track with this month's small quilt challenge... which just so happens to be one of my fav designs, a sweet little Amish nine patch in Kathy's first book 'American Doll Quilts'.
as you can see i've got a very colourful collection of solids in my stash to choose from, so i've decided to push the boundaries with this quilt and make it a very scrappy Amish nine patch.
and these are the colours i've chosen to use....
and just in case you're wondering about the book under my 1 1/2inch squares...well, it just happens to be a wonderful showcase of antique Amish quilts, some of which i'll happily share with you in a bit..so hang in there!
so here's my colourful little two patch blocks, each paired up with a little black square...oooh i do love those contrasts!!
and moving right along... the two patch blocks have morphed into double four patch units, which remind me of licorice allsorts.
time to audition the background fabric, which all along was going to be this plum red... or so i thought.
and just when i thought i had settled on the slate..i tried just one one more colour..mauve
MAUVE??? are you shockecd, coz i am!! it is so.. NOT my colour, but hey...it works!!
YEP... there was no denying it..it definitely had to be mauve.
with the addition of the border and little four patch corner stones, the quilt top was done..
Such a contrast to what otherwise would be a plain (yet often very colourful) quilt. the Amish definitely don't hold back when it comes to the quilting.
and so, with that in mind, i decided to quilt the plain mauve blocks quite densely, nothing too fancy, just a lot of cross hatching.. with a little surprise in the centre.
i do love my little Amish quilt..i think Hannah does too :)))
AND, as promised, here are a few pics from that amazing book...
see what i mean about the quilting...gorgeous!!
~ Broken Star ca. 1930 ~
~ Nine Patch variation ca. 1930 ~
~ Sunshine & Shadow ca. 1930 ~
~ Crazy Quilt ca 1930 ~
~ Double Nine Patch ca 1930 ~
AND...as i flick through the pages of 'Amish Abstractions' i suddenly feel inspired to make an Amish quilt for my bed...one day, perhaps :)))