Friday, December 16, 2011

Crossroads Mark II ~ A Finished Quilt

Ok.  I am back again for the second time this week, channeling my inner Nancy Crow.  I hope you will put up with me as I get this Crossroads phase out of my system.


I just had to have another go as this quilting grid, just to make sure it wasn't a fluke that both the piecing with long strips of fabric, and the gridded quilting, had worked out so well the first time around. 


The piecing process, in particular the selection of fabric and the color play, was so much harder this time around.  I may have spent too much time (over) thinking about the colors and their interactions, rather than just doing; and I think it may show.


The quilting, on the other hand, proved to be no problem.  I started the quilting grid by first stitching either side of all horizontal seams, and then the vertical quilting lines were stitched, starting at one of the vertical seam line and slowly working my way out to the quilt edges.


I so wish you would feel the texture created by the quilting grid; the quilt is light and soft, and has a lovely drape which I don't think is conveyed well via the screen.


As usual I have updated my Etsy Store.


You can find the listings for both Crossroads quilts here: Crossroads I and Crossroads II - SOLD

I am now ready to leave my Crossroads phase behind.  For the time being.

Rita

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Crossroads Quilt Mark I

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36 comments:

  1. Gorgeous again! Will there be a number 3??

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  2. It is beautiful!! How did you do another so quickly??

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  3. on the contrary, i love this color combo! even better than the first :)

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  4. Beautiful stitching! I love that pop of red--makes the whole quilt.

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  5. Wow, I can't believe you can churn out such lovely pieces so quickly. You're on a roll, go with it!

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  6. Just perfect! I wish I could feel the texture. My favorite part of quilts is feeling the quilting lines. What length stitch do you use when you quilt? Your stitches are always so beautiful, Rita!

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  7. This is so perfect. I have just started quilting my own quilts on my machine. What machine do you use to quilt. I feel like i am wrestling a grizzly bear while quilting. Do you use a longer arm machine?

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  8. Once again, your efficiency and productivity amaze me. I love these colors, and your stitching is perfect, as always. Gorgeous work!

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  9. You have inspired a whole world of quilters Rita!

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  10. Long time follower... so I just have to ask, do you use basting spray? I ask because your quilting of straight lines are beautiful. I am a safety pin girl and it has lent me to some problems occasionally. I know that it is good to make a practiced way better and better by practicing but I am willing to finally try a new way if need be. I also have a BFF that is a basting spray girl and she keeps telling me to so if you say that is what you do I am going to change or at least add this to my practicing :) Either way would you mind telling me your basting process? I would greatly appreciate it. BTW, Great job on all of your quilts :) I love them. michelleleejensen at live.com

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  11. It is amazing! Perfection personified! Thanks for explaining your quilting process. It is a wee (very small wee) bit less intimidating now :-). Great job !! tinakatwal @ gmail . com

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  12. It is indeed as lovely as the first...and it's nice to know I'm not the only one that gets struck with the paralysis of analysis!

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  13. I thin this second one would be nice to live with. Much calmer...yet mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I love the colors of the second quilt. It doesn't look over-thought at all!

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  15. I like your crossroads phase, please do come back.

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  16. I'd be more than happy to see more crossroads pieces. I love them!
    I'm curious about what kind of batting you use.

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  17. I was going to ask about your stitch length as well! Also, what kind of thread do you use? Love the crossroads pieces!

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  18. I like this one even more than the last one! Wonderful!

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  19. It is amazing! Your color placement is absolutely genius.

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  20. Your stiches are amazing! Thanks for sharing. You are an inspiration!

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  21. Once again, I love it! That stitching is so fun! I might just have to use it sometime. Also, that wavy stitch is such a fun, almost unnoticed, addition!

    Great job!
    Kersten

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  22. This quilt is stunning! The colors are just perfect! I like this one even more than the last one.

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  23. I love this one more than the first! I think the blue and green does more for me. :)

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  24. All of your quilts are positively inspiring! I particularly love this one...

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  25. I love how every once in a while you take a turn in the road and go a totally different direction! Love it!

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  26. I loved both quilts, and I believe that this one is my favorite. I don't think it looks over-thought in the least....it looks quite perfect to me...love blues and greens....especially with that little POP of red to surprise your tranquil blues. I'm thinking you might want to try a third one!

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  27. I think these are fabulous, but I've been a fan for awhile now! I now have another idea to try out...so much inspiration, so little time! Perhaps I should get into my studio and get sewing while all is quiet here! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I love that unexpected wavy stitch down the left side! So creative! It's a beautiful quilt.

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  29. The grid quilting really makes it for me. Love it.

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  30. Overthought or not, I love your bold colour choices!

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