Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Trellis Crossroads

Firstly, thank you for all the kind comments about my Bordered Diamonds / Bordered Peacocks quilt. I'm a member of two facebook groups and both Celebrate Hand Quilting and Kaffe Fassett Collective members have been heaping on the 'likes' too. I nice to know that other people like it too.

Trellis Crossroads in Batiks

Lately I decided to try something different. I've seen lots of swoon blocks on the internet, but I don't really have any great desire to make a swoon block. (see the picture below)




However, I did see another modern block that I liked and it was Trellis Crossroads.

Most people were making it in soft pastel colours, but I started to think about some bright batik charm squares I bought about a year ago. I was originally thinking I'd make them into something simple like columns of flying geese on dark navy, but then I thought I could make some of them into a Trellis Crossroads block to just tryout the pattern.

a single block looked lonely
Well of course once I got going I had to make more. I thought I'd do 4 blocks, but I kept going until I'd used up all the bright batiks (and I even purchased a couple more fat quarters to balance up the colour distribution).






It's ended up being 9 blocks and almost 40" square and I'm stopping now. I"m going to machine quilt it with my new walking foot (thank you Judith) and turn it into a wall hanging. 


I liked this pattern because it left ample fabric for squaring up the blocks. However, if you are going to make one yourself, just remember to centre the square before you do your trimming.

Here's the photo from the book with the pattern, Modern Bee by Lindsay Connor.


Trellis Crossroads from Modern Bee by Lindsay Connor
I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced

22 comments:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I like how the bright colors pop against the dark background. Batiks are so nice to sew and press, and I think this is going to be a great wall hanging!

Sarah Goer said...

I agree with Yvonne. Such great contrast! And I'm a sucker for bright colors. This quilt is just beautiful!

Hettie's Mum said...

Oooh really nice kind of funky and bright! I like that lemon lime combo it almost kind of melds together - well sort of. :-)

Maryse said...

I love this pattern!! I like how it comes together after sewing the blocks. Very Nice!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

I love the stained glass look of this - beautiful!

Ruth said...

Really like this Wendy! Love the dark BGF and the vibrant feel to it!

Wendy said...

that is beautiful! It looks so different to the one in the book, but I prefer your version

Mari said...

Wow! Looks terrific. It does kind of look like stained glass, or a really liberal interpretation of Amish style. Nice work!

Pam Wilde said...

I am in one of Lindsay's bee hives so I have the book. Hmmmm I have lots of scraps (and I do mean lots) from my first 8 quilts, all batiks. Add another to the list!

Carol Q said...

that makes you feel very cheerful! lovely colours.

Raewyn said...

It is stunning!!

PugMom said...

It looks so much better in your choice of colors. I wouldn't even have given the pattern a second glance. And your Bordered Diamonds is FABULOUS!!!!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I just found a big pile of charms squares I had forgotten ...

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Thanks Pam. Yes, you better dig through your scraps and find all the bright ones.

Liz said...

I love how this color combination pops out at you! Dark backgrounds are underrated (especially with the low-volume craze), and I think your use with the jewel toned fabrics is great!

Gina said...

Love this. Definitely one to go on the to do list xxx

Kris said...

Looks so so great!

Karen said...

This is a very bold and beautiful quilt. I think it has a striking personality.

Kacey said...

What a great "purged" quilt! Love the bright colors.

sew.darn.quilt said...

What a spectacular quilt! Love it :D

antique quilter said...

beautiful quilt, wow! love the dark background, great choice of colors for your quilt. Enjoy the work in progress pictures to make the quilt, when I saw the picture of the quilt in the book I would have thought you sewed it differently!
thanks for sharing
Kathie

dq said...

This is a wonderful quilt. I like your fabric selections better than the one in the book, but I love Batiks. That could explain it.