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The Snowball and Nine Patch Quilt Compromise

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last winter, Annie and I started making a quilt.  She decided what colors she wanted, we chose the snowball and nine patch pattern together, and went through the stash for purple and yellow fabrics.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We talked about the size (she wanted it really big) and I went through all the math.  She stuck by my side cutting every piece.  Her patience and excitement were unrestrained.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We pieced the nine patches and the snowballs, and Annie actually sewed about 1/2 of the nice patches.  We laid out all the blocks on the floor and she played with the layout until she was happy with the result.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Her excitement grew as we pieced the top.  We decided on a thick fuzzy fleece for the background.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then one day I folded up the pieced top and the fleece and set them aside.  There were several reasons I needed a breather from this project, although I never intended the break to last 9 months!

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Reason #1: I don’t think she’s ever noticed, but I did the math wrong and the inside edges of the nine patches and snowballs don’t line up perfectly.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Reason #2: I actually pieced the top differently than we had planned and bought the fleece backing for, and I no longer had enough fleece to cover the entire back.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Reason #3: I also didn’t want to quilt it with the fleece as backing because it would be too thick with batting and fleece and I didn’t want to wreck my machine with all the lint from the fleece.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There were many, many other projects to fill the time and space, and then spring arrived and a quilt for her bed wasn’t top priority anymore.  Every once in a while Annie would spy the quilt and ask when we were going to work on it again.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, the weather turned colder, the project list grew shorter, and I wanted the space back on my sewing cart!

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So I pulled it out and decided we would tie it instead of quilt it, bought more fleece, and decided I would have to live with the uneven parts.  After those hurdles were crossed, it only took a few days to finish Annie’s quilt.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

She helped me tie every knot and make the binding from some fabric Bari J. gifted me.  She dressed herself and did her own hair for the photoshoot.  She chose all the poses herself.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I don’t know if it’s possible for one girl to be more proud of a quilt.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

She doesn’t see any of the mistakes, she only wraps herself in it at night and tells me in the morning how well she slept.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think the lesson in this project for me is that perfectionism hinders progress.  This quilt didn’t have to be perfect to keep Annie warm.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

And the warmth in her heart at sharing this experience with her Mom is more valuable than perfectly matched edges.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

What are your thoughts, did I compromise the right thing?

3 thoughts on “The Snowball and Nine Patch Quilt Compromise

  1. Oh, I totally think you made the right choice. It’s great that she is so happy with her quilt!

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