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WONKY CROSS QUILT

Wonky Cross Quilt

The Wonky Cross is such a fun quilt to make. I started it last year just before Christmas and put the quilt top together in almost one day. I wanted to make a large lap sized quilt and I wanted to use up some of my purple stash that I’d been collecting for a purple quilt. I love every single one of the fabrics in this quilt and it makes me so happy to look at.

You can find a tutorial for this block done by Elizabeth Hartman here. I made my blocks to finish at 12″ square. The one thing that makes this quilt go nice and fast is to have a square ruler! I used the biggest square I had – 12.5″ square. To cut out my initial squares, I just layered 3-4 fat quarters and cut them all at once with the square ruler. Being able to cut out all your quilt pieces in about an hour seems like a miracle to me!

I also did a very simple quilt back. Just two fabrics. What took me the longest was the hand embroidered label. My new strategy for quilt labels is to embroider them onto the quilt back before I do the quilting. This way once the quilt is quilted and bound, it is totally done. (Unlike the two finished quilts I have in my closet that need labels so I can give them away) Hopefully my embroidery skills will improve, but I really love the circular shape that I tried out.

I’m building up my confidence with free motion quilting. The last quilt I did was a small baby quilt. This quilt is about 50″ x 50″. I am still only comfortable with the same square quilting pattern. Luckily, it works with this quilt pattern. I had to do the quilting in two different sessions and next time I’ll try to get through it in one. The second time I sat down to do it, my style and spacing had changed a bit and it took me a few minutes to warm up to remembering the mechanics of the pattern. This is something no one else will ever notice, but I just thought it was interesting to note.

I did end my quilting with a little heart. Eek! Little hidden details like that give me a special thrill.

If you need a quick, fun, low pressure, little precision quilt – this is it! Check out Jacqueline’s Pearl Bracelet Wonky Cross Quilt & Katherine’s Shades of Green Wonky Cross Quilt. Since I finished this quilt top in 2012, it doesn’t count towards my 12 quilt tops in 2013 goal, but I’ve got two quilts in progress to show you next.

Wonky Cross Quilt

Wonky Cross Quilt

Wonky Cross Quilt

Wonky Cross Quilt

Wonky Cross Quilt

Wonky Cross Quilt

Wonky Cross Quilt

Wonky Cross Quilt

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NATHAN’S BABY QUILT

Nathan's Baby Quilt

As simple as this baby quilt is, I really love how it turned out. Baby Nathan is the first baby among Andrew’s cousins. I wanted to make him a quilt but worried about making something complicated that wouldn’t get done for a while or even while he was still a baby. It’s happened before. Ambitious quilt projects that get derailed for way too long. A hard habit to break, but I’m going to try.

I remembered this simple quilted playmat that just used four squares of fabric. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to choose fabrics that speak for themselves and naturally ended up with Jay McCarroll’s Center City. Jay’s fabrics seem to work their way into a lot of the things I make – this dress, this skirt, this tank. His latest collection is no exception. You’ll see more of it popping up in some upcoming projects. The four prints I chose are both fun and boyish. For the back, I chose a Cloud9 organic flannel. It’s so soft!! Within a few hours, I had stitched the top and basted it. Amazing!

For the quilting, I wanted to try something new. I wanted to try free motion. Kinda scary. I’ve only quilted a mini quilt with free motion, but I’m never going to learn if I don’t start trying. For some reason, I find that a squarish pattern is easier than a loopy pattern. Luckily, that went perfectly with the design of the quilt.

I used my Bernina Stitch Regulator for this. What an incredible invention! The optical eye in the attachment adjusts the speed of the stitching to match how fast you are moving the fabric. This results in more even looking stitches. I’ll have to do a post on just this attachment alone.

The free motion quilting was so liberating! I was able to quilt the entire quilt in just a couple hours and I love how it looks!

The label was done using the embroidery stitches on my machine and then hand stitched onto the back. The last part was the binding, which maybe took the longest. I chose the cute hexagon print from Tula Pink’s Saltwater collection.

I had the quilt finished just in time for getting to meet little Nathan for the first time.

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

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