Cross it off

Another quilt finish!  I’ve been super busy basting and quilting old work-in-progress quilt tops and it feels great to get them all done.  This one is the Wonky Cross quilt that I started early last year.  My previous progress is documented here.  It’s for an old high-school friend of mine that is currently serving in the Coast Guard.  He just recently got shipped out and this quilt will be waiting for me to send to him when he returns. Lots and  lots of improv happening here.  From the crosses to the borders.  I had no plan other than the color palette and the crosses but I love how it turned out!  I quilted it with a radiating star type design from the top corner of the crosses section out to the edges.  The borders contain straight lines in an L shape.

I found the perfect binding fabric in a print from the Pandalicious line which I mixed with one of the grey prints.  It framed it beautifully!  Now it gets to spend some time hanging out in my sewing room for me to enjoy until he gets back to the states.

Stash Enhancement:

Pink Castle Fabrics was having a special on Asterisk fabric by Lizzy House.  I had to have it before it goes away.  I just love a great blender fabric!There are some metallics in there as well which I seriously love!

I’m currently working on quilting yet another work-in-progress which I hope to have done next weekend.

Happy Sewing!

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When Inspiration Strikes

I recently posted the finish of the Wavelength Quilt on Facebook and a friend of mine sarcastically threw out that maybe I could make him a ‘blanket’.  We’ve been friends since high school but he did not realize that I made a lot of quilts as I do not normally post them on Facebook and he is busy serving our country in the Coast Guard.  Anyway, my first thought was ‘Challenge Accepted!’ so I asked what colors he liked.  The answer was blue.  That led to this fabric pull.   I adore that bottom blue print.  It’s from the Studio Stash line by Jennifer Sampou.  I love the mix of colors in this pull.

I’ve been dying to make some sort of wonky cross quilt and started in that route.  I cut each of the blue fabrics in random widths and lengths and cut the low volume strips in varying widths (1 to 2 inches wide). Next thing I knew I had covered my design door with a little forest of wonky crosses:  It did not take long at all to put all those together.  After a little more of that, and a little Tetris wonky cross placement, I ended up with a small throw size quilt top.  A little too small for my friend so I added borders on 2 sides but I still need to add more.  I’ve got a plan brewing and hope to have it worked out soon.  

Stash Enhancement:

I received some happy mail the other day from Missouri Star Quilt Company that included a few ‘Count with Me’ charm packs and a Half Hexie ruler which is going to help me make an adorable charity baby quilt. The charm packs contain numbers and whales and fish and all kinds of cuteness. There are a number of great patterns in that ModBlock magazine as well.  Lots of great inspiration to be had!

The Kaffe charm pack might be used in a swap quilt for a partner that likes bold and bright colors.  I’ve yet to figure out what I’m going to do for this swap. This is just one idea that I’m playing around with.  We need to stay in the modern realm and my partner didn’t give me much to work with.  I’m sure something will click soon.

There was also a ton of inspiration over on Instagram this past week as Amy’s Creative Side hosted the #igquiltfest.  There were so many great quilts and so many great works-in-progress. I hope you head over there and check it out for yourself!