Stripe Quilt Finish

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:

Final Details:

  • 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.

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19 thoughts on “Stripe Quilt Finish”
    1. Thanks so much!. It was fun to quilt. I liked the colors of the original one from the show better than mine, but it was good to use up some things from my stash. Thanks so much for commenting and stopping by.

    1. Thanks so much! The pattern was fun to make and such great quilting practice. If I’m not watching her videos I’m using Shape by Shape Vol 1 or 2 for inspiration before starting to quilt

  1. Hello! What a great use of all of those leftover jelly roll strips. It looks like the seams don’t need to match up between the columns, which is nice. And what a great pattern to try out different FMQing options on each strip. Really nice finish – I can see why this was your choice for favorite March finish. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. You are correct – the seams DID NOT have to match up, which was so great. I made the top during my January quilt retreat and one of my friends kept saying “really? the seams don’t have to match up??” That made it an even better pattern to try. Thanks so much for your kind comments!

  2. Your friend is right – it’s a great stitch reference quilt! You’ll have to take lots of pictures before you gift it. The solids really make the stitches pop. Did you have a list of stitches you wanted to try out, or were you ‘inspired as you go’?

    1. Believe me, I have a lot of pictures!
      I have a notebook that I use to practice designs and record ideas. I used a couple of different sources and drew up about 20 different designs. Some of them I used a few times and some I didn’t use at all. I also modified some as I went along and made them into different designs, and others I just jumped in and attempted (though not many – I’m a bit of a planner). I like having the guide to fall back on when my mind suddenly goes blank!

  3. I just LOVE the quilting on this one! It must have taken so long but it is worth it! Congratulations on your finish on behalf of the 2019 FAL team.

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