Boxes & Crosses Quilt

By May 30, 2020June 1st, 2020blog

I made my first Boxes and Crosses Quilt (pattern by Emma Jean Jansen in her book By the Bundle) a few years ago for a good friend (see here for more about that quilt!) and whilst I was cleaning up my craft room over the Christmas break, I discovered I had quite a few more blocks cut out in the blues and the low volumes.

So at the Febfest weekend of the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild, I got them all out, added a few extras from GJ Fabrics and decided to add a pop of pink grunge and started sewing up another quilt top!

I finished the quilt top during our Coronavirus slow down as it was simple sewing which was all my brain could cope with there for a while!

I grabbed some Carolyn Friedlander wideback I have available in my online shop for the backing… I do love a good texty print!

I had thought I would just do a quick edge to edge all over quilt design, but once I had it loaded up on Lily the Longarm…. well…. the quilter in me decided it needed something ‘more’ : )

So I did some ruler work and sewed out a large star in the middle…. with radiating star points off each corner (to make an 8 pointed star)… and then did some ribbon candy and some peacock feathers in each of the star points.

Except you can hardly see them in any of the photos that I have taken!!! So this will definitely be quilting that only the person snuggling under the quilt will ever see…… hopefully I have learnt my lesson and next time I’ll just do an allover design and get it done quickly!

Still, I had fun doing the quilting (except for the broken ruler foot and two needles…. but that is a whole ‘nother story!)

So here she is in her full glory!

I haven’t got anyone in particular to receive this quilt….. I actually realised that I have made a quilt for every one of my immediate family and Ian’s immediate family! Might be time to start on the second round !!

And the last rose…… it is almost time to prune them… now if only I could stop quilting long enough to garden……. : )

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