In need of a little quiltspiration for #IGquiltfest‘s work-in-progress prompt, I turned to my Fall 2015 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine. Flipping through, I decided to try my hand at making some improv cross blocks using a cutting technique inspired by the Improv Cross Patchwork Quilt by Darci Sews. I really loved the simplicity of the cross blocks and the cutting and construction seemed incredibly easy. Win-win!
Instead of sticking to the pattern in the magazine, I decided to just wing it… because improv, right?
For the block backgrounds I used six different florals from my vintage linen stash (cut to 10″ squares) – for the crosses, I used six coordinating solids, also from my stash. I cut my coordinating strips between 1.75″ t0 2.5″ thick and about an inch or two longer than the squares.
Step one – cut your square fabric in half on a slight diagonal.
Step two – (no photo) sew your coordinating fabric strip down the middle of both halves to make the vertical section of your cross.
Turn your block horizontal and repeat steps one and two – cutting diagonally through your first cross section. Sew a second fabric strip to the middle of your new halves and complete your cross.
**Make sure your fabric strips are longer than your squares and try not to make your diagonal cut too slanted or you’ll risk your horizotal cross strips being too short… I learned that lesson so you don’t have to. 😀
Trim off the excess strips and square up your block.
I initially only made 24 blocks, but when I assembled them together, the quilt felt like it needed to be wider, so I decided to add one more vertical row of blocks for a total of 30.
I’m so glad I added the extra row – the finished quilt turned out perfectly! I definitely don’t think I’m done with wonky crosses yet… I have a feeling I’ll be making more of these in the future. 💕
I used a pastel pink vintage sheet for the backing. I decided to leave the original satin trim detail on – something I’ve never done before and ended up really loving! A sweet and subtle reminder of what Gypsy Moon Quilt Co is all about.
Here’s a little sneak peek at my current WIP – lilac, florals and lots of diamonds. 💜💐💠