To the Nines finished

I am checking off another “FINISH” this month! Last October, my blogging friend, Carole Carter came to lecture and teach at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in Lewes Delaware. When Carole came to visit, I wrote about her presentation and class here – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2021/10/07/meeting-a-fellow-blogger/

I took the class and we made the pattern she calls “To the Nines”. Carole writes a blog called From My Carolina Home . Do go check her her blog out. The pattern is available for purchase on her blog.

Last week, I was digging through my bin of blue fabrics and found a couple of pieces of yardage that went nicely with my To The Nines project. It felt great to take it down from my design wall, where it had been patiently waiting for a finish.

To the nines

I added a 2.5″ white border all around and a 5″ blue border as the final border.

Finished To the Nines
50 x 50 throw To The Nines

I had to piece the backing but that helped use up some stash too.

backing for To the Nines
Backside of Two the Nines

I quilted with Superior thread (Fantasastic 5021, 50 wt) in the color areas, and with Superior Bottom line SILVER in the white areas. I used a wavy stitch that I stretched to its longest size for the quilting. I think those wavy stitches in my border are making the whole border look wavy, but a good washing will help.

The finished quilt is a nice cozy throw size, 50 x 50. I used poly bat inside so it is a little puffy, but soft. Now, I just need to make a label this week and get it stitched on, then decide what to do with it.

For my “fabric out” count I will put 4 yards on the list for March.

Time to pull out another UFO to finish off. Do you make projects without an “end plan” just because you took a class or saw an interesting pattern? I will hang on to this one until after our April guild meeting show & tell, and then decide if it is a keeper or a gift.

17 thoughts on “To the Nines finished

    • Thanks you Judy. I am lucky with the space but it has brought out some bad habits ! I am committed to getting some of these older projects out of bins, off of shelves & hangers and see them to completion. This particular one didn’t age very long! But, when the right fabric jumps out at you, it is time to finish. Hopefully you aren’t buried in snow this weekend. We just got a dusting but down to the low twenties this morning. Ready for SPRING !!

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  1. I love the quilt and the “fabric in, fabric out” idea! Very inspiring & helpful for my own endeavour to reduce the stash, use what I have & finish UFO’s. Thanks Mary!

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    • Good morning Cheryl ! My UFO list carries on year after year but no longer on paper and many of the ones that were on it 5 years ago are still “hanging around”. So many classes ! I have finally figured out that not everything has to be a bed size quilt, which is moving me forward, albeit slowly. The fabric in & out challenge is one Carole Carter is running on her blog. Glad you feel inspired by my little stories.

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  2. Beautiful! I don’t think of my quilt tops as UFO’s because I have a plan for them. (They will be gifted to my graduating piano students when the time comes.) It’s much easier to have pieced tops hanging in closet until I need to quilt them. At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! 😉 Next year I will need 4, so it’s nice to have a selection!

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    • Hi Carole – Sometimes the fabric in the stash speaks. I was digging in the bin to finish up that little beachy scene and set aside the border fabric for this project. It happens sometimes when you are working on something else you get “inspired” to finish up an additional project.

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