Friday 10 April 2020

Cross Country Quilt

This week I've been working on my Cross Country quilt, designed by Anna Maria Horner.

I attended a wonderful lecture and class with Anna Maria back in November 2019.  You can read all about it here.

Anna Maria showed us three different versions of her Cross Country quilt (see above).  They all have the giant "X", but the arms of the X are worked in different ways.  I decided to make the version on the right that looks like this:

However, when I got home, I decided that I didn't really want to piece the centre of the X's, so I dug through my stash and found two half yards of Kaffe Fassett Artisan fabric that do the job perfectly. You might notice that I've bordered it with some on Anna Maria Horner's latest Conservatory fabric to provide a break between the heavily patterned areas. 

Using this "cheater" fabric means that I still have enough enthusiasm to applique flowers onto the giant triangles when I get to that stage.  I might do some applique like this:

I know the fabric that I want for the giant triangles, but it's in Australia and I'm in New Zealand.  I'll just have to put this quilt aside now and work on something else for a while.

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FlourishingPalms said...

Sorry you can’t move forward on your project. We’re all facing extra little challenges these days. Mine has been needing to piece backings. I don’t want to order anything and wonder if the arriving package is safe. My motivation for sewing/quilting hadn’t waned too much. I find myself reading the Bible and praying more. Have a blessed Easter, Wendy!

Susan said...

I like your start on the Cross Country Quilt - can't wait to see more!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Look forward to seeing your quilt develop. I like the fabric you chose to simplify the center strip. It works well. Stay safe and healthy.

Quilting Babcia said...

I like the way you've added that little border to set off the rest of your design. It is extremely difficult to maintain focus these days, though we try. I'm about out of batting, so by the time I can find some of my favorite kind again, I'll have several more tops ready to be pinned and quilted. Not necessarily a bad problem to have, I guess. Be safe, be blessed this Easter!

Mystic Quilter said...

I love this Wendy, lots and lots of colour! Is there a pattern for this design or was it only a class?

dq said...

I just love those rich rich colors you chose! I also really enjoyed reading about and seeing the quilt made in a variety of ways. I personally favor hers on the left, but your colors are to die for, so it is hard to choose. I do love how you put flowers on the large triangles. It added so much. You made great use of the cheater fabric as well.

Carol said...

This is going to be awesome, Wendy (like all of your quilts)! Always love your use of color. Hope you are staying well ♥