Nine Patch Numbers – Who’s Counting?

Nine Patch

‘Summer Blues’ has reached a milestone…drum roll please! Yes! I’ve finally finished hand quilting all the nine patches on this never ending nine patch quilt. I felt a sigh of relief as I made the last stitch in one of the corner blocks this morning. That’s 70 nine patch blocks hand quilted. 70. It’s the biggest hand quilted and mostly hand pieced project I’ve worked on. And it’s only taken 7 years to get this far, on and off of course. Meh!

'Summer Blues' nine patch hand quilted quilt lying on an unmade bed. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Summer Blues

Next on the Summer Blues agenda are the fussy cut cornerstones in the sashing. I counted them. There are 96 and I’ve already quilted 32 of them, which by my (probably incorrect) calculation means I have 64 to go, roughly equal to another 7 nine patches, aargh! Can I manage this by next Sunday? Hand quilting the equivalent of 1 nine patch a day seems feasible. But didn’t I say that before?!  This week’s diary looks fairly empty, but that, dear reader, means nowt!  Watch this space…

Quilty365 Circles

It’s been a while since I published any quilty365 circles. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1. I thought you’d be bored to death of them by now and 2. I got a bit behind. But as I’m back on track I thought I’d show you a few. These ‘catch up’ blocks are a bit simpler than some of my others, but I think there’ll be room for that in the final design/s.

Quilty365 sew along - making a circle quilt one circle a day for 365 days. 3 finished circles with various shades of purple. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Purple Circles!


Quilty365 sew along - making a circle quilt one circle a day for 365 days. 3 finished circles in bright modern fabrics. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

3 circles

There’s a sense of joyfulness in this little batch that I hadn’t expected to see, because I’ve definitely not been feeling the joys of spring!

I was out walking round and about last week and things are still looking a bit bleak.

March Landscape (Field near Treelike). © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Ominous clouds

Don’t be fooled by that patch of blue sky, it was there to tease me between heavy rain and hail showers! It was bitterly cold and there was a pretty fierce wind as well. And then today, on my usual Sunday lunch date with my knitty friend Janie (who was actually crocheting today!), it was so warm that we sat outside in the pub garden for the afternoon…honestly, you never know what to wear!!!


I reckon there’s another hour or two left for slow stitching this evening, so I’ll say bye for now and leave you with a reminder to pop back tomorrow for the next article in the series about making the most of your quilting time. Last week I spoke to Ann Brooks and this week I’ve got another  wonderful post lined up for you: How Long Does It Take To Make A Quilt? I Asked Kaja Ziesler. Regular slow Sunday stitchers will know Kaja from her blog Sew Slowly, so I’m sure you’ll be as eager as I was to find out how she makes the most of her time – let’s just say I could learn a thing or two from Kaja!

I’m linking up with Kathy for this week’s Slow Sunday Stitching, and look forward to seeing you again tomorrow!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

8 replies
  1. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    Good for you finishing up the quilting on the nine patch blocks – almost at the finish line! More lovely circles to look at and those beautiful Cornish fields with the bare Winter trees on the horizon, walking on the fields or over the moors is one of the pleasures I miss here in New Zealand, we do of course have lots and lots of other gorgeous walks and beaches, but I do miss the fields for walking! Thanks for posting this photo.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Aw Maureen…I don’t mean to make you feel homesick. I’m sure wherever we go in the world something will make us miss home – although I don’t miss London (where I grew up) one iota, I think I’d rather live in a rabbit hole than ever have to live there again! Are you North or South? I’d love to visit the mountains there, it looks so majestic.

  2. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    Do those fussy-cut cornerstones mean that I need to find a replacement stick? No, of course not! You’ll have them done in two shakes of a rain cloud.


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