Nine Patch Tulips (Aunt Maggie’s Tulips)
45″ x 45″
Completed August 2011
I don’t actually have an Aunt Maggie. However, I do have an Aunt Marilyn who happens to be a quilter. Many years ago I was visiting her and went with her to a quilting friend’s house. This friend had a gorgeous quilt in her entryway that I fell in love with. The quilt was made up of 42 scrappy nine-patch blocks placed on point with tulip flowers and leaves appliquéd on each corner of the block. I took a photo of it and eventually happened on a pattern for what looked liked the same quilt. The pattern I purchased was Aunt Maggie’s Tulips by Brandywine Designs. As much as I love the original 42-block quit, I ran out of steam 20 blocks into the project. I ended up making a wall quilt with 16 of the blocks I had completed. The original quilt had no border, but I had plenty of squares still cut for the nine-patches I didn’t intend to keep making, so I used them up in a border and placed the remaining tulip blocks in each corner. I’m delighted to say that I didn’t purchase a single fabric for this quilt! I’m not so happy to say that there doesn’t seem to be any more room in my stash than there was when I started this quilt. I’m not quite sure how that works, but this seems to be a repeating phenomenon!