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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    Blanche is a dear friend. She is now in a care center and is in her 90s. Her family moved her to California to be near family. I have made so many of her quilts. Lots of the Bloomin... My favorite is the Jamaica and made lots of Baby Bloomin.. She gave me patterns that have never been published. She is a wonderful person and so talented. She has a real sense of color. What you think would never work - does. Lots of small florals light to dark work great. Her book has been a top seller for years. She is the "inventor" of strip piecing and was honored at Houston for her innovative ideas in quilting.
    I have 2 copies of her Traditions with a Twist ( out of print so got 2 to make sure I will always have one ) and have made two of the JAMAICA quilts - one with wine country colors in all batiks, going to Amish black for the darkest (quilt calls for 13 different colors/shades for strip piecing).....I absolutely LOVE her quilts....If you have the option of visiting with her, please let her know I am one of her biggest fans........

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    beautiful but i am never going to make one

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    This book is still being printed. Has been a best seller and remains a best seller. My favorite book. I have never found an error in any of the many quilts I have made from this book.

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    Amazon has this book.

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    This is high on my bucket list. Have wanted to make it for a long time.

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    Thank you for all the advice! I am looking forward to fabric shopping! I do have the book but am very interested in making it a king size so the sizing would be very helpful.

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    While I was originally going to use my Origins Fabric on "Hunter's Star Watercolor," I think this Blooming 9 will be more suitable for the number of fabrics that I have to work with. Thank you for your thread.
    I just downloaded the e-book from "Onlinebookplace.com" for $11.40.

    Oh, and on color choices...google this (use Images):
    cottonclub.com blooming nine patch
    and you'll get pix of how that company puts together color coordinating fabrics. Personally, I think any selections would work...some better than others, obviously, but because of the blend-effect with the 9P, I haven't seen any that really DON'T work.
    Last edited by Teeler; 02-19-2013 at 12:43 PM.

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    Your Blooming quilts are all beautiful. I have bought the book and as soon as I finish some smaller quilts, I will try tomake this quilt. It is beautiful. I love the way the colors just work out from the center. Thanks for your lovely pictures.
    Lizzy in La.

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    I have the book, I have looked at your beautiful creations, and now would appreciate any other additional tips for making this Blooming 9 patch quilt. I haven't been this excited about a quilt pattern for a few years. Thanks for any information you may want to share. I am looking through my stash to try to get started selecting fabric. I love all colors but drawn to brights. Could you post your tips in the tutorial section. Thanks again.
    Lizzy in La.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    To be honest, while I loved the pattern (and the book), I was never crazy about the two quilts in the book.
    They were kind of mushy to me.
    Of course, the choice of fabrics back them was nothing compared to what it is now.

    I've also altered the pattern - more fabrics, less fabrics, changed the shape - made it longer, square, etc.

    On the later ones I started adding borders because I liked the way it looked - it also made the quilt bigger to better fit a queen size bed .
    A friend made one with 10 fabrics AND a border to fit a California king.
    That one was a beast.

    I recently found all those worksheets, so if you want to change the size, and need the adjusted yardage and block requirements, I have them.
    Just found all of your tips about choosing fabric. Really helped. Thanks so much.
    Lizzy in La.

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    Thanks for letting us know what was happening with Blanche.
    I have made two of the blooming nine patches and they are great.
    What I learned:
    If you can find a fabric line this really helps. Try not to use much white. As you move thru the rows, one color in the fabric should match the previous row and another color in the fabric should match the next row.
    1) Start with a piece for border usually a floral. This can also be the center
    2) the 2nd row fabric should be the lightest used, then progress to dark
    3) after cutting squares/setting triangles of fabric put in a ziplock bag and mark with row #.
    4) after making 9 patches put in a ziplock bag and mark with row #.
    5) sew together on diagonal

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