A Disappearing 9-patch Quilt for my Aunt Margy (or Cuzco in the springtime)

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I wanted to make a quilt for my aunt, who has always been a very special person in my life. But time passes and things don’t get done and you know how it goes. (sigh)

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So one day last spring I was sorting my sewing room and I came upon an unfinished quilt top. It’s one I started way back when. Before I had (mostly) mastered the art of matching corners, lol.

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I’m not sure why I put it away and didn’t finish it. I think maybe I felt (at the time) that the colours were too bright, or maybe I didn’t like using grey for the background neutral. I really have no idea.

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Anyway, it was spring when I pulled it out and all the spring flowers were in full bloom. I carried it out and took some pictures with the tulips. And oh my gosh…the quilt just sang!

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Suddenly, every spring colour just jumped out at me, and I realized that every single colour was in the quilt. It screamed Spring!

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That’s one of the things I love about Kate Spain’s fabrics. She really captures the colours in nature.  🙂

020I looked at the grey background and thought of the soft spring rain that comes and melts all the snow, and makes the flowers bloom.

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And I thought to myself, this quilt belongs to my aunt, whose favourite season just happens to be spring.

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Mine, too!

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This is a lap-sized quilt made from the Cuzco collection by Kate Spain. The backing is cream flannel and it was hand quilted in a clam shell pattern. I didn’t wash and dry it before I sent it, but when she does, it will shrink a wee bit and pull around the stitches, creating that wonderful crinkly look that makes a quilt so soft and snuggly.

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About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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10 Responses to A Disappearing 9-patch Quilt for my Aunt Margy (or Cuzco in the springtime)

  1. Susan says:

    How gorgeous! I love the colors. The quilting design is a great one for the quilt design.

  2. elle says:

    I thought I might have made one of these but nothing as stunning as yours! 🙂

  3. Donna says:

    Wow! I love it, did you have to go far to capture all the flower shots? Xo

  4. Pam says:

    Love it! It is beautiful! The hand quilting is fabulous! Must get out my Kate Spain WIP, lol

  5. Love the bright colors with grey background. All the picture of the quilt among the flowers was soooo pretty!

  6. Carol Broughton says:

    What a beautiful quilt!! I love all of Kate Spain’s fabric lines and the gray background in your quilt is perfect! Your label is the cutest! Thanks for sharing.

  7. hollykerrauthor says:

    Beautiful! Love the colours!!

  8. Cynde says:

    Such detail..even the wee birdie on the label wearing glasses! Now that hand quilting is really giving a softness that machine quilting would not be able to match..Lovely flowers too!

  9. Heather Alexander says:

    A beautiful quilt. I love the story and gorgeous spring flower photos!!

  10. Heidi says:

    Beautiful! I will get to see it in person when mom and I travel there next month.

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