Sunday, June 14, 2020

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial

Work in Progress
Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

My first machine pieced quilt for the year! It's been so long since I switched on the trusty Juki but having plenty of home time and a significant fabric stash meant there was no excuse for lounging around. Although I did plenty of that too. 

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Scrap quilts are my favorite, especially simple designs pieced from small patches of fabric. I have a shoe box full of 2 inch squares that I add to regularly. Whenever I cut fabric for a quilt and have a small scrap of fabric leftover, I cut that piece into 2 inch squares and add it to the shoe box. And if I am using a fabric that lends itself to fussy cutting, I fussy cut a few additional 2 inch squares and add those as well. I think you'll see quite a few fabrics here that I have used before, and fabrics that you too may have in your stash.

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

BASIC SCRAPPY CROSS QUILT TUTORIAL

This quilt is inspired by a vintage quilt that was more than likely hand pieced. To machine piece this quilt top I broke down the design into simple repeats and a block based layout. This quilt is made from just two blocks that are alternated throughout: Block A on the left and Block B on the right. It doesn't get any easier than that. The blocks are sewn together in horizontal rows of four squares each.

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I like to press seams together to one side, rather than open. If you consistently follow the arrows as indicated below all of your seams will nest when you sew the individual blocks AND when you sew the blocks together into a quilt top. So, for row 1 of Block A press seams to the right, for row 2 of block A press seams to the left etc.

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
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TOTAL BLOCKS REQUIRED
Block A - 50*
Block B - 49 

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS
Solid Fabric: 3/4 yards 
Printed Fabric: 1415 two inch squares

*For block A: rather than cut 3 individual squares of solid fabric,
 I have cut a rectangle piece measuring 5 inches x 2 inches.

Once you've made the required number of blocks lay out your blocks starting with Block A and alternating Block A and Block B throughout (eleven horizontal rows of 9 blocks each). Sew blocks together into rows and then sew long rows together into a quilt top. 

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

The final step to complete the quilt top is to add an additional row of squares along the top edge of the quilt top and the left hand side of the quilt top so that the design is symmetrical - see the rows below as indicated by the arrows (pictured above).

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Quilt top measures 54 inches x 67.5 inches.
Solid fabric: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Grellow.
Started: May 2020
Finished: June 2020

I have loved piecing this quilt top together. It's been a long time since I have enjoyed sitting at the machine and I was very pleased to feel so comfortable and back in the zone. I have missed it.

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

This is a great "leaders and enders" project if you normally used this technique to start and end your seams. I don't use a scrap of fabric to start and end my sewing, but I can see how that would be of benefit if you're having bird's nest issues, or fabric getting jammed into the bobbin area. I do also like the idea of working on a second project at the same time.

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I have made good progress on this quilt. It has been basted and quilted. I have even added the binding, but the hand slip stitching of the binding is yet to be done.

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Thank you for stopping and browsing through the photos. If you have any questions please regarding the tutorial please let me know in the comments and I will reply there.

Rita

RELEVANT LINKS
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23 comments:

  1. I have been reading your blog for a long time and thought I would take a moment to say how much I love your quilts. Such bright and beautiful fabrics. And such variety! You really know how to make it work. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  2. This is a beautiful quilt, I need to take your tip of cutting squares as I finish with a fabric. That will make this quilt much more doable. Thanks again for your inspiration, tips and tutorials.

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  3. Rita, I am so happy to know you are on your machine and enjoying it I hope all is superb with your family. I know where you are, I am still taking care of my daddy, 96.
    I love this quilt and the cute scrappy bits. I enjoy this too. Presently, I am working on a yellow bear paw quilt top, with scrappy 9 patch blocks in between. I am enjoying it so much. I know I want to make another one. and there are a few other quilts that I want to make in another color way.
    Well done. ❤️

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial. That looks like a good leader ender project!

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  5. Just beautiful ! I love the yellow! Thankyou for your wise words of quilting too !

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  6. Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration. It's always a pleasant surprise to find a post from you in my in-box!

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  7. This is so beautiful! Is the selection of the two inch fabric squares for this quilt random or is it somewhat planned? Thank you for sharing. I love everything you make.

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  8. So pretty! When selecting your two inch fabric squares, is it random or somewhat planned? Thank you for sharing. I love everything you make.

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  9. This is a fun quilt. Just what I need to use up the basket of squares I have.

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  10. What a beautiful way of using up your scraps! Lovely pattern with all these delicious saved fabric scraps!!

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  11. It takes a lot of work to put together such a nice tutorial. Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing this design with us. It is so pretty and the fabrics you choose are charming.
    Have a sweet week and happy quilting.
    Connie :)

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  12. I absolutely love it, and I especially appreciate the block instructions! Thank you for that! I always have a leader/ender project because I like working on two quilts at once. Sometimes they take forever to finish, but I don’t mind. I’m not usually in any hurry. I wish I could say I had a significant stash!

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  13. Lovely bright quilt. Your sewing is so precise. Do you have any tips on how to line those seams up perfectly or do you use the seam ripper like the rest of us? And may I ask how you quilted it? Thanks.

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  14. You are so talented! I LOVE your quilts and and your designs. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorials :)

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  15. This is such a fun quilt. I'm making little plus blocks in a 100 day challenge, so a plus block each day for 100 days. I'm getting close to being done, so I'm keeping this idea in mind for putting the plus blocks into a quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Beautiful as always. You have a lot of patience to make a whole quilt with 2 inch squares. Great idea about scraps.

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  17. Looks lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Thank you for the tutorial. This is such a fun quilt. x

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  19. So nice to see you finding your sewing mojo Rita! I am not a fan of yellow, but it looks amazing with all the scraps you chose! I learned that you have to let those color prejudices go in quilting, because sometimes, your not so favorite color is the one you need to make it all come together. Lovely to see some of the scraps you have been playing with for a long time. It's like "I Spy" for quilters!

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  20. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. That is a lovely bright quilt. I love it and might make something like it in the future

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