blue cross quilt

I didn’t plan to make a postage stamp quilt, but it seems that’s what I ended up doing.

I knew I wanted to do a black and white quilt.  I already had a great mix of black & white and black & off white geometrics.

I knew I wanted to bind it in a bright color and this blue jumped out at me from the shelf.

I started out by cutting 4 1/2″ squares, but they were too big for what I had in mind.  I ended up cutting each of them into quarters.  I loved the look until I started to stitch them up – all those little corners to match up.  I randomly stitched blue corners on some of the blocks just to add a little color.  I was afraid I was going to run out of blocks so I decided to add the blue cross to use up some space.  I’m so glad I did.  I think it makes the quilt top much more interesting.

I didn’t have a plan for the back until I was wondering around the shop with the blue under my arm and spotted Kate Spain’s Central Park line.

It’s machine quilted with an old gold thread.

I didn’t want it to be too  structured since the blocks were already arranged in a strong grid.  I decided to go with a wandering diagonal.  I didn’t use guides so that the stitching lines would have a bit of flow to them.

It’s listed for sale over at etsy and big cartel.

4 thoughts on “blue cross quilt

  1. Gayle Grier says:

    Love your design freedom. The tiny bits of blue add a lot to the quilt as a whole. Great quilt!

  2. Benta says:

    My oldest daughter, Lisa, wanted 21st quilts for her two best friends. First up is Heather in November, but as the girls are at Uni we dont see much of them, so it had to be chosen via email, Pinterest and Google. Heather suggested black and white and a bit of bright pink.

    I Googled for inspiration for black and white quilts, and this was one of the quilts brought up. I added a whole load to my Pinterest board for Lisa to look at and pass onto Heather to see which one she liked best. Heather chose your quilt, and today I have done loads towards it (far more than I should, but hey ho!). Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    If you want to see my version, it’s at http://slikstitches.com/2011/08/i-got-distracted.html

  3. Benta says:

    Thanks for the comment on my blog (I couldnt reply as it came in as no-reply) And thank you so much for the inspiration! I confess the binding pink was a result of there not being enough pink OR black to bind it in one colour!!! But I am very pleased with the result.

    Did you see the Christmas sacks to go with the tags? It reads Dear Santa, this year India has been” then the two sided tag can be twisted to show ‘good’ or ‘naughty’!

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