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    Blooming 9-patch and Island Hopping

    I have come into a little extra cash and want to get fabrics for a new quilt for my bed. I have fallen in love with one of the new collections at Connecting Threads...Island Hopping....and beating my head against the wall trying to find a pattern that will "go" with the fabrics. I finally remembered about the Blooming 9-patch and thought it would be perfect. Any thoughts before I order the book? Here is the link to the fabrics:

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/col...lectionBox-159

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    WOW, that is a bright collection. Are you talking about Blanche Young book?? I recently purchased it on sale from C&T publishing. I am concern that there are no lights and darks in the collection and most of them are screaming bright. Good Luck.
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    I am wondering, too, if you need more contrast between the fabrics. I wonder if there is any advice about that in the book?
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    too matchy matchy and the pattern turns to mush. It is one of my favorite quilts, probably the only one I'd ever make a second time.

    (mine was all from stash, I call the quilt an archaeological dig)

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    Looking at the pic on the cover of the book, I don't see much contrast, just brights that play well with each other. I may swap out a couple of the smaller prints for a few larger prints, but basically in the same color combos.

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    I don't know, I think you could make it work if you strategically place, but I don't think it will create the light to dark texture that you see in the blooming 9 patch, I think it would look more like a rainbow, but I don't say that as a bad thing. I love the bright and beautiful collection and think it would be great! The green 'beachy' print could be your dark...

    I think this pattern might look really cute with that line:

    http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/20...-to-tgiff.html
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    You're right about the one on the cover. It's so cute, it looks like confetti!
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    I love this pattern. You not only need contrast between light and dark, you also need a variety of scale.

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    I made the Blooming Nine Patch using all solids. Big mistake. I didn't like how the quilt looked at all. The prettiest one I've seen used all floral fabrics of different scale. I'll try to find the picture of it.

    I found this that reminds me of the Island Hopping Line: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...9ebc56cc0c.jpg
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    I googled Blooming 9-Patch and got a lot of beautiful images of these. Here are a few you might like:
    The first 2 look like fabrics in a similar colorway

    http://michelesaunderskoppelman.com/...php?cat=6&ID=2

    http://lasalledesignblog.com/2012/07...h-in-progress/

    http://www.keyboardbiologist.net/kni...9-patch-quilt/

    a chart that might help
    http://sewthisismyblog.blogspot.com/...ine-patch.html

    This is such a beautiful design....keep us posted on your progress!

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    I also love that collection and am trying to talk myself out of ordering it. I've been on a strict fabric diet. At the very least I might have to order one of the patterns shown in the oranges and yellows. It's so bright and cheerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollytink View Post
    I googled Blooming 9-Patch and got a lot of beautiful images of these. Here are a few you might like:
    The first 2 look like fabrics in a similar colorway

    http://michelesaunderskoppelman.com/...php?cat=6&ID=2

    http://lasalledesignblog.com/2012/07...h-in-progress/

    http://www.keyboardbiologist.net/kni...9-patch-quilt/

    a chart that might help
    http://sewthisismyblog.blogspot.com/...ine-patch.html

    This is such a beautiful design....keep us posted on your progress!
    Thanks for the links....those are beautiful quilts and exactly what I am trying to create!

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    You need a really good organized space to keep the blocks in order. I couldn't have done it and kept my sanity without a design wall. The piecing is easy though.
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    Love the collection of Island Hopping fabric... looks like quite the project. We would all love to see your finished project. It definitely would be bright and cheerful in those fabrics but placement would be key.
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    I love that line of fabric too but have been in a quandary as to how to use it. I even thought about buying the table topper pattern and making it bigger for my table by adding an extra border but my husband was not particularly fond of it so decided not to go that route.
    I'll be watching to see what others suggest as an option. It is frustrating to fee so passionate about a fabric but not know how to use it.

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    That is a beautiful collection! I love bright batiks in colors similar to this collection. I have found that in a completed quilt, the eye needs a place to rest. The quilt needs white solid to provide rest.

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    Love this fabric, beautiful colors! I'm seeing summer slice, on cluck cluck sew, check out flimsy finished by QB member baronreads. It would depend on which ones of the line of fabrics you choose. Whatever you end up doing, can't wait to see!
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    Those are beautiful fabrics but WOW! putting them all together will take some knowhow! I do hope you will keep us up to date with your project if you do this one......it should be fantastic when done.....Are you going to make it a wall hanging or a bed topper?

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    Whoa! really bright colors. It would be good to make the quilt and use it in the winter-time when it is so dark and we are in need of some sunshine. I think that the pattern would be perfect for this fabric line.

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    I just looked at the collection, and if I were going to use them, I would add a deep burgundy as the soloid to tie it all together. Just my idea....
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    Thanks for sharing...

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