It brings to my mind the wonderful times we had meandering through the Great Smoky Mountains, where my Grandma delighted in getting us lost, just so we could spend more time there.
Carolina Byways is a split nine-patch quilt created by Janet Wickell and she has offered it as a Free Pattern! Her quilt is made with 6" blocks and she also has instructions available for a miniature version with 3" blocks. I made the mini - so each square you see in the photos is 1". (There are nine squares, arranged 3 x 3 in each nine-patch block.) I also didn't follow Janet's pattern exactly and changed the way my nine-patches were split.
Which usually comes first for you? Do you start with fabric you love and then search for, or create, a pattern? Or do you find a pattern you just have to make and then look for the fabrics? In the case of this quilt, I fell in love with Barbara Brackman's Morris & Company fabrics and then looked for a way to use them in a mini quilt. They spoke of the woodlands to me:
|Morris & Company fabrics|
I played around with the fabrics and the layout of the squares before sewing them all together. You can see how I made the more distant mountains blue and the closer ones look like they were just starting to be touched by Autumn. I wanted my mountains to look like the morning mist was still lingering, so added light colors along the ridges. It is pretty easy to end up with something you love when you work with such a beautifully designed collection.
Here is what it looked like when I had the final layout up on the design wall, but hadn't sewn them together yet. You can see that my nine-patch blocks are split wherever it looked best, and not in the traditional way. I think it gave the mountains a more natural feel. I also added 1 extra row of squares to both the width and the height... in a way, this became a postage stamp quilt with HSTs (half square triangles).
|Carolina Byways - playing with the patches before sewing|
Here is the final quilt, with a mitered border framing it:
|Carolina Byways Mini Quilt|
And of course, I had to make a pretty label for the back. The leafy border is from our garden:
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