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Spicy Nine Patch

As often happens, I have worked so hard on this that I now see all of its flaws! Here is how it came together.

I felted roving and ribbons and bits of chiffon to 12 inch square pieces of prefelt — one was paprika in color and the other was saffron.

I then cut these into 4 1/2 inch squares.

I then felted additional bits and pieces of fabric and roving to the squares. I embellished each with beads and perle cotton. I purchased canvas in a couple of colors which I auditioned as a backing for the squares, but it seemed a bit heavy. I had a piece of reddish organza which I doubled and used. I think it was a good solution.

I really like each of the little squares that I created as stand alone little works of art. So there you have it. It is probably the most expensive piece that I have done for any Twelve by Twelve challenge — hand and machine felting needles, beads, lots of fabric, backing fabric that I did not use!

Tomorrow, I am having a mental health day with some friends. We are going to drive to Tillamook to see an exhibit of work by Cynthia Corbin at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center. We will probably have ice cream for lunch at the Tillamook Cheese Factory!


9 Responses to “Spicy Nine Patch”

  1. Vicki W says:

    I love how this turned out!

  2. Natalya says:


  3. francoise says:

    This is great Gerrie. And I enjoyed reading how you made that piece. Too bad for the many broken felting needles.

  4. jenclair says:

    Love the colors and the texture. I always like the texture in felted things!

  5. kathy says:

    This is totally gorgeous, Gerrie, and one can tell LOTS of work was involved. Really nice.

  6. Jenn says:

    Gorgeous! Love the layers and layers of fabric and fibers. Your beading and hand stitching adds just the right touch to each little square and pulls the whole composition together.

  7. Catherine says:

    I love your latest 12 by 12
    I have just purchased your book and
    I’m enjoying it very much
    Looking forward to seeing them in
    real life at Birmingham
    I enjoy your blog

  8. Brenda says:

    I guess it’s too late for tulips?

  9. Jeannie says:

    This looks so rich! I love all the textures together. Have fun tomorrow. Are you going to stop into the Blue Heron Cheese Co., too? I love that drive to Tillamook and all the Holstein cows.