I love watching The Midnight Quilt Show – Angela Walters’ weekly YouTube series. It’s a quick bit of fun to look forward to mid-way through the week. The part I like the best is seeing how she decides to quilt the quilts because I always get so many ideas.
This quilt is the Criss Cross quilt from the Holiday Gift Along series. The video was published on 11/28/2018 and includes a free pattern. The moment I saw it I started planning to make it both because I had a bunch of left over strips from a jelly roll laying around and because the quilting looked like a lot of fun. I pieced the top during my January quilt retreat. It came together relatively quickly, though I made it hard on myself by trying to use up scraps. With 13″ pieces required – actually bigger due to the angled cuts – it is kind of hard to use smaller pieces.
But I persevered, finished the top and got it all quilted. Here is the finished top:
This was entirely sewn from my stash, including the backing, batting and binding. I tried iron-on tape for the first time to join up pieces of batting and it worked really nicely. I also used a backing from my stash which has colors that match but I’m not sure it’s my favorite:
I did enjoy doing all the quilting. Here are a bunch of close ups:
The whole thing was done with hand-guided free motion and 1 straight ruler. I have a lot of other rules but I wanted to work on my free-hand.
I was working on trying new motifs as well as trying to master ones I’ve had trouble with. I generally struggle with ribbon candy and really struggle with the echoed ribbon candy.
I also struggle with serpentine lines, so I did a bunch of those rows too.
I had fun with the clam shells.
I interrupted Maggie’s yard patrol to force her to pose for me.
and the binding:
- Finished 49″ wide by 56″ long
- Warm and Natural Batting
- Isacord #4113 (a medium blue) in the top and bottom in the outer two columns on both sides. Glide #32237 (lagoon – a teal) in the top and bottom in the center 2 columns. I used two different threads because I was worried I wouldn’t have enough of one to finish the whole thing.
- 151,032 total quilting stitches and about 7.5 hours of quilting. It was all fun!
My plan is to donate this quilt to my local Project Linus. I did have a friend say that it would make a really good stitch library, and it would! I like that idea.