blue cross quilt
I didn't plan to make a postage stamp quilt, but it seems that's what I ended up doing. I knew I wanted to do a black and white quilt. I already had a great mix of black & white and black & off white geometrics.
I knew I wanted to bind it in a bright color and this blue jumped out at me from the shelf.
I started out by cutting 4 1/2" squares, but they were too big for what I had in mind. I ended up cutting each of them into quarters. I loved the look until I started to stitch them up - all those little corners to match up. I randomly stitched blue corners on some of the blocks just to add a little color. I was afraid I was going to run out of blocks so I decided to add the blue cross to use up some space. I'm so glad I did. I think it makes the quilt top much more interesting.
I didn't have a plan for the back until I was wondering around the shop with the blue under my arm and spotted Kate Spain's Central Park line.
It's machine quilted with an old gold thread.
I didn't want it to be too structured since the blocks were already arranged in a strong grid. I decided to go with a wandering diagonal. I didn't use guides so that the stitching lines would have a bit of flow to them.