Thursday, 3 April 2014

Patchwork of the crosses

Last month I replied to Cheri, The Quilting nanny at Fabrics and Memories who was wanting to make an ISpy quilt and was looking to swop fabric to get a good selection of blocks for her quilt. As I had recently finished one myself I offered to send her some blocks I thought she might find useful. In return she kindly offered to spend me a selection of fabrics from her stash.  I decided I would like some of her Civil War prints and these arrived last week.  There was a lovely selection of  charm squares and I wanted to find something which would make best use of them.  I have been seeing a lot of pins about the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses quilt  and after some more browsing the web I decided that these charms would be ideal as the focus fabric in each cross. I decided a wall hanging a bit like this one would be a good size to aim for

 I pulled some coordinating prints from my own stash and set to work printing out the paper. I managed to get one cross started and this will be a great hand sewing project to take away with me on our first caravan trip this weekend and perhaps be the on-going project for this summer as it will be portable and easy to carry with me.

I finished the Wacky House quilt despite being driven mad by the spotty backing - I could not get it straight but persevered and it does not look too bad. This is the first of my quilts for Siblings Together and I hope to get the second one finished at the Quilt Retreat next weekend. We will also be trying to get two group quilts done as well during the weekend.

"Florry " has been busy helping me with a summer top for my daughter - it makes it a lot easier having something to model it on and get the shoulders right. I might never make the Great British Sewing Bee which reaches its final next week - but it has been good to try some dressmaking for a change. This just needs the short sleeves adding.

So hoping the weather continues to improve for our trip



  1. Lindos tus quilt. Bonitos trabajos.
    Saludos desde Chile

  2. How fun to trade swatches with another and what a great project for the Civil War prints. Love the wonky houses and wonderful start to your dress making.

  3. Great idea to swap fabrics and your project looks like a really neat one .Always nice to have something portable on the go. Your wonky houses are cute and another great top . Enjoy your trip and hope the weather cooperates for you .

  4. Wow,anyone is spectacular!