This is the first time I have made up a quilt as I went along and not used any form of pattern or instruction. Inspired by all the modern crosses quilts I saw last year and wanting something where I could see big blocks of the gorgeous Paradiso by Kate Spain, I came up with this.
My blocks were made up of:
Background – (4) 5″ x 5″ squares and (4) 5″ x 3″ rectangles
Cross – (1) 5″ x 5″ square and (4) 5″ x 3″ rectangles (fussy cut for directional fabric)
I joined a background rectangle and a cross rectangle and sewed down the longest edge four times. Then I placed the 9 squares in the correct sequence and sewed them together first in rows and then the rows together. As the squares made from the two rectangles are larger than the cut squares I aligned the cross fabric tot he adjacent square, which resulted in the extra background fabric overhanging at the edge. I trimmed the blocks to 13.75″ square.
Once I decided on placement I joined each row and then all the rows together.
Just a tip on placement. Sometimes you haven’t got a design wall or even the ability to step back a long way to look at colour and volume distribution. I find if I take a photo with my iPhone or iPad and then review the photo on a smallish screen, I get to see the entire quilt without my eyes moving around, and this enables my brain to work out what needs to be moved and what works well where it is. It’s not perfect, but it’s a really good help! (and a good reference in case you forget the order you wanted things in!
I have made a backing out of some Carolyn Friedlander Architextures and four fat quarters of Paradiso. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo so you’ll have to wait till this gets back from the long-armer before I can show what it looks like! I am undecided not the binding so feel free to chip in! My thoughts are: 1) random strips of all the different Paradiso fabrics, 2) strips of Paradiso focusing on a single colour way (but which one?), 3) strips of Paradiso using the same pattern in all the different colours, or 4) something completely different like a Kona solid (which could be the dark grey I used as background as I have lots left, or could be a colour chosen from the quilt itself, but once again, which colour?). Suggestions on a postcard….