Creating my own designs brings a sense of exhilaration and satisfaction to my quilt making. I have more ideas in my head then will ever be created! I really feel like I must have suppressed my inner creative side for so long (i.e. college, career and early parenthood), that now that I have given myself to quilting, I can’t quilt fast enough!
I have finished two quilts recently, using the cross-square quilt design that I drafted up and posted about here. I am still working on the tutorial. My original plan was to off center the piecing on a twin size quilt, which I still may attempt though my mind has already moved on to other possible projects.
Once my daughter caught wind of the fact that I was making the quilt for her, she gave me her list of demands, as any self-respecting 3 year old would. She wanted minky on the back, and a smaller ‘blankey’ then what I was intending. Here is the resulting quilt:
Here is the true result:
Below are a couple of detail pictures. My favorite is the red-head sitting on the bear, as my daughter is a red-head herself, though you can’t tell because there is a quilt on her head in the above picture. The fabric is called “Let’s Pretend” by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller fabrics. I used peppered cotton for the crosses and background, which I discovered is not the easiest to work with, as it frays and shifts more then quilter weight cotton. But it is incredibly soft, which is important to a 3 year old.
In order to test my measurements I created a second cross-square quilt for a blessed new baby, Gabriel. His mom is one of my closest friends, and had struggled for years trying to have children with her husband. Gabe was adopted this past December at three days old, and I am so incredibly happy for them!
For this quilt I skipped the fussy cutting and just cut solid squares which quickened the process. I love the simplicity of the design, and the strong geometric shapes.
You can see the minky here. I used Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe line for the squares, Kona Silver for the crosses, and my current favorite, Kona Prussian for the background. The blue quilt measures 52″ x 52″, and the pink one is 52″ x 60″.
Please let me know if this design appeals to you, and if you think it’s worthy of a tutorial or pattern!