Family of Seven Quilt Tutorial

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Julie from Small Matters asked if I could share the pattern for my crosses quilt and I am thrilled to help her out. I haven't had my sewing machine set up for weeks so I cheated for this tutorial and just used paper and tape. Hopefully, it still makes sense! I didn't use a pattern but rather determined the size of the blocks based on the templates that I own and the fat quarter stack that I wanted to use. I used my 6 inch ruler so I could check each block was square before sewing it all together. I used 7 fat quarters of patterned fabric and some solid fabric (a little over half a yard) to make the top. There are 60 cross blocks in the finished quilt, 56 in the centre and 4 in the borders.
Want to make your own? First you'll need to get out your supplies and cut your patterned fabric into 6 inch squares and the solid fabric into 1 1/2 inch strips. Next slice your square wherever you like,grab your solid strips,

and stitch together. Slice again and stitch again.

Now you just need to trim the block and you're done.

Once you've got a pile together lay them out anyway you like and stitch your top together. I wanted to minimise the separation between the borders and the centre of the top so used the main solid (kona ash) as the borders and included trimmed cross blocks.
Why are 7 of the blocks red? Wll, there is one red cross for each person in my family so it's like a secret message hidden in the quilt.

I'd love to see one if you make your own so please leave a comment with a link.


blackbird :

bb, who is not a quilter but can sew on a button, says: gosh that's a lovely quilt.

Julie :

You make it seem so simple! Thank you so very much for sharing, I can't wait to get started.

San-tooshy :

Il faut beaucoup de patience mais on doit être très content quand on voit le résultat à la fin.

Tania :

Your crosses quilt just prompted a jaw hitting the floor. BEAUTIFUL.

(As is that pic of you and the Mr down below. Bless!)

Julie :

Yay, I finally finished my quilt (though it's a family of 6 not 7). I loved making this quilt, think I might even make another one to keep now. Thanks again Amelia. Here's a link to mine.

Kelly :

I love this quilt and I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like:

Nancy :

This is a beautiful quilt. The greys and darks are so calm. Lovely. Thanks for the tutorial.

Kris :

You'll need to add another red cross on to this one soon! xx

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