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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Noughts and Crosses - a new scrap project

I started a new scrap quilt this week.  I had been eyeing off this design for some time, and had pinned a modern version of it to my Pinterest board 

I don't do too much with Pinterest, but it is a good source of ideas and inspiration.  It did look a bit complicated/fiddly.  I did some searches on the block, and found it under a number of names, but found that it was in Barbara Brackman's Quilt BlockBase attributed to Nancy Cabot......so it is not a modern block, it is in fact an old one, very suitable for my fabrics.

One of the the things with this block, is the need to use directional fabrics to get the full effect of the "cross"part of the construction.  Ideally, we would like to use fabrics with the stripe printed on the diagonal, then you don't end up with those scary "off grain"corners.  I don't have many diagonal print blocks, so used what I had and cut the others off grain, with the stripes going from corner to corner.  the above block turned out well I think.  I used some precious old pieces of the Reproduction fabrics.  The one in the centre is around 20 years old, and one of the first Repro fabrics I bought.  It is from the Cocheco Mills (*I think!) and I have the tiniest bit left. Love it to bits.
 This is the only fabric I used today, that is printed on the diagonal
 These are all on the cross

 The constructions is far more simple than I first thought.  the pieces go together like this.  Make the corners and the centres, then but them all together.

 this blue fabric is one of my precious scraps.  I used the last of it today

This is the first block I made, and I think the least attractive.  The top LH corner fabric I did not cut so that the stripe runs down the centre, and it just misses something.  Never mind, in the mix of things it will work out.

The blocks took me 30 minutes each to make.  This includes fabric selection, and cutting, and sewing, pressing.  Does not include runing out of thread in the bobbin - don't you hate that!--and taking photos of course.  I usually time how long to make them, and then I can set myself a target for how many I can make a day, and how many days/weeks/months it will take to make it.

If I am making something for a magazine, they usually give me a deadline, and i always make the deadline if I know how long each one takes.

I put these 4 blocks together and you can see that you get an interesting secondary pattern.  I think I am going to like this!

The blocks are 7.5"finished, and if I want a quilt 60"x 75"then I will need 80 blocks, at 4 a day then that is 3 weeks....that is if nothing else happens in my life in the next 3 weeks.......I will probably give myself a longer goal, maybe 3 months!

Now for something different.  Right now is Festival time in Adelaide, and in particular the Fringe Festival.  Last night I took my granddaughter to a light display in the city.  The old public buildings on North Tce  -  the museum, art gallery, library, and university have these light shows happening.  They are like a moving picture show from the turn of the century.  You can only really appreciate it in the moving form.  These photos do not give it justice.

It finished on Sunday night 28th February, so if you have not been yet, it is worth the visit.  Breathtaking!


  1. Interesting how the directional prints influence the block look. These will make a good reproduction quilt.

  2. Love I too love this pattern and had a version of it on my work table for a few weeks. Ow. I really can't start it until I have cleared the decks a little.... That is if I can ever get back to my seeing

  3. Love how this is looking, great use for small pieces of the directional prints.

  4. What a great block for using some of your precious old reproductions. It's looking great so far.

  5. Oh what fun those blocks will be. I am looking forward to seeing how they look all together. It is hard to use the "last" piece of a favorite fabric isn't it? Now you have preserved it in a wonderful quilt!

  6. I do love those little crosses blocks. And your fussy cutting the fabric is fabulous! Putting them together does make a great visual!

  7. What a fun block! I love the secondary pattern. Would you be willing to share the size of pieces for the block? Thanks