Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pink Cross Quilt

After a stretch of making exclusively improv quilts, sometimes I crave a simple, traditional project.  My pink and neutral scraps bins have also been getting rather full, so I started searching for a single block I could make, using just two fabrics in each block, featuring the pinks as the primary shape.
 
I settled on this cross block, a simple variation of the nine patch. My blocks finish at 9 inches.  The pieces are quite small, making them perfect for using scraps! If you are looking for a pattern, you can find a similar block in issue one of Love Patchwork and Quilting designed and made by Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely.

I had a lot of fun pairing each pink scrap with the neutrals, and the blocks are very quick to piece.  I chain-pieced about four at a time.
 
I quilted figure eights across each row.  Three inches was a very easy size to create, and the rows make for a clear horizontal guideline.  I definitely recommend this free motion quilting design, particularly if you have seams to guide you.  Very speedy!

The backing is a very popular print from Ikea which is particularly useful because it is about 60 inches wide.  Sadly, I believe it has been discontinued.
 
The binding is one of my favorite prints from the Botanics line by Carolyn Friedlander. I really want a bolt of it.  I think it would be fantastic as a background, in the place of a white solid.  
 
 
This 36 x 45 baby quilt is destined for my etsy shop.
 
 

7 comments:

Leanne said...

I really love this quilt, the pinks, the neutrals, the binding. I am going to try this quilting pattern soon too.

Debbie said...

This is so striking! I love it in basically 2 colors. Nice!! Sharing on my fb page....

Karin said...

Cool, love the pink!

Annabella said...

Traditional block but still very modern. It's funny how our appetite changes between traditional and improv. It's a gorgeous finish.

Vicki said...

It looks great! What a cute block. I'm glad I got one quilt backed with the ikea numbers fabric, if it's discontinued.

CitricSugar said...

Sometimes, it's really fun to go back to the roots and more traditional techniques/patterns... I like to mix it up, too. Very pretty. :-)

sweetandsaltydesigns said...

This is beautiful! I love the pinks with the variety of whites. And I am so jealous of the IKEA text fabric. Everyone seems to have some, which only makes me want it more! I've just recently found your blog and love everything you've made so far.