This nine patch is on a slightly larger scale and is set against a vibrant turquoise background. The nine patch features squares from old feedsacks and cotton shirting (and maybe even a pajama top or two!). The nine-patch blocks are set on the diagonal, and the entire quilt was hand-stitched with white thread. The original quilt is on the thicker side, giving the coat structure and not much drape. There are two front patch pockets, side slits, and a rounded, oversized collar.
Length (Back): 26"
About the quilt pattern: The nine patch is one of the more traditional quilt block patterns--it first appeared on the scene in the early 18th century. Its popularity stems from the fact that it is quite easy to sew, there are almost infinite variations, and it doesn't require large pieces of fabric (the squares are typically only 1").
DESIGN & FIT
Cut and sewn in the style of a traditional chore coat or barn jacket, m.a.b.e.l's quilt coats are made from vintage "cutter" quilts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unless otherwise specified, all the original quilts are 100% cotton with cotton batting and handstitched.
m.a.b.e.l’s quilt coats are generously sized and can be worn slouchy or true to size. The Dolman sleeves allow for ample room and layering. Depending on your height, the jacket hits from mid to low hip. There is no front closure. The sleeve cuffs are wide enough to fold back.
About the quilts
m.a.b.e.l loves old quilts, and we're inspired by the workmanship and creativity of their original makers.
Some quilts have surface damage, missing patches, or holes. We’ve hand-mended and reinforced those spots, using cotton and linen threads and reusing scraps and other patches from the same quilt. Please see close-up photos for details of this mending.
We mend ‘sashiko-style,’ meaning the mending stitches are visible. Sometimes we use threads that match the area being mended. Other times we use a contrasting thread.
We thoroughly wash each quilt (before cutting) and garment (after sewing), but keep in mind that most garments have some discoloration or slight staining. It’s part of the story.
Your piece is meant to be worn A LOT, and washed when needed. We have machine-washed each piece after sewing on the gentle cycle. You can do the same.