Saturday, June 18, 2016

String Crossroads

I designed a quilt.

I always feel presumptuous when I think or say that, since this quilt is made of very traditional elements. However, I looked around online for quite a while, and I didn't see another just like it, so there it is--I designed a quilt.

This quilt takes elements of the traditional Arkansas Crossroads and combines it with my love of string blocks.






As you can see, I replaced the sixteen patch blocks with string blocks arranged in an X to mimic the shape in the crossroads blocks.


Here are some closer pictures (and you can see that I couldn't refrain from sticking in some fun fabrics!).






Chickens!





A jungle face and a hint of the Cardinals MLB fabric




A red onion (doesn't everyone need a quilt with an onion on it?)




Elephants (at least parts of them)




Another jungle face



I backed it with a beige and brown print, and I quilted it with an all-over meander. A bright red binding finished it off. The size is 82" x 98" (and it was a wrestling match to quilt one that large on my DSM [Domestic Sewing Machine]), but it was worth it to be able to say I did it all--from design to piecing to quilting to binding myself!






I'm hoping to write a pattern for this, but I've never done that before! We'll see how it turns out. I'll offer it for free here on the blog when/if I get it together.

Yes, I designed a quilt!


I'm linking with Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge and Fiber Tuesday 65 at The Quilting Room with Mel.




13 comments:

  1. I love the "fun frabics" all thru out! I am sure this will not be the only one you design :-D

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    1. I'm already working on another! :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  2. I LOVE it and it is so scrappy friendly. Great job.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love doing scrappy quilts.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Great finish! It's always fun to come up with something new! Good like on your pattern writing endeavor - it will keep your brain active and healthy, that's for sure!

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    1. Active and healthy would be good--I just hope no smoke comes out of my ears!

      Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for visiting.

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  4. I'm a big fan of string quilts and yours is awesome! I hope you continue your designing work!

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. I'm working on another now. It's a bit addictive!

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  5. You hit this one out of the ballpark! Pure genius in the design and execution. Bravissimo!

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  6. Hey there! You have a blog! Cool. I do love this quilt so much. You did an outstanding job designing it!

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