Crosses and Losses into the New Year

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last time I posted about my Crosses and Losses blocks, I mentioned I wasn’t chain piecing because I was eager to see some finished blocks come together. Well, I’m over that. 🙂 Making a couple of blocks at a time is slow! In fact, the only thing slower is chain UNpiecing (ask me how I know – nothing worse that stitching together a mistake in bulk!)

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So yesterday I started chain piecing the bright blocks I had already cut. I now have 18 blocks. I’m planning on cutting out the rest of the brights this morning and then stitching the remaining quilt blocks together all at once.

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m loving how this quilt is coming together! It’s going to be so bright and happy. And I hope everyone isn’t over the low volume trend, because I still really enjoy how it looks.

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And finally…can I plug my awesome city for a minute? Yesterday I took my kids to my absolute favorite part of living here ~ The Art Institute of Chicago. We try to go a couple times throughout the year (but I’m a member now so we’re going to go a lot more!).

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It is so, so, so good! They recently had a huge new donation to the Modern wing, so we stopped there first.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday we made an effort of spend time in areas we haven’t seen. We are usually sucked into the 3rd floor of the Modern wing and the Impressionism wing. Not one “new-to-us” room disappointed. Truly one of the best things to see if you ever have the chance to visit Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My son still wanted to draw everything he saw. My daughter was more interested in taking pictures this time.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you get a chance to visit one day!

Stitching Here and There

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Only 10 days until Christmas, and I have only spent a bit of time here and there at the sewing machine. I did knock out a few more Crosses and Losses blocks. This has been a fun project on the last few rainy (but warm!) days. They certainly are bright!

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also have been working on Christmas gifts. Last week I shared my daughter’s Maker’s Tote with you (thank you all for your nice comments!!). This week I plan on taking pictures of my son’s tote. He’s a huge Star Wars fan, so the fabric choice was a no brainer.

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Can I just say how much I love these Clover Wonder Clips for bag making? They hold thick layers together so easily. I first started out pinning all these crazy pieces together and after much frustration – and bleeding – I switched to the Wonder Clips. It made for a much more pleasant experience.

I’m planning on trying to make a couple zip pouches today to coordinate with these totes.

Are you making something handmade for the holidays? I’d love to hear what you have planned!

Four

Crosses and Losses Quilt Blocks

And then there were four. I spent more time yesterday cutting out background pieces for my Crosses and Losses blocks. Slow going to be sure! Usually I’m a huge planner and would do all my cutting, then all my piecing of segments (in this case, half square triangles), all my trimming, then all my final block assembly. I guess I’m feeling a bit antsy to see immediate progress because I have decided to focus my efforts on making a handful of blocks at a time.

Crosses and Losses Quilt Blocks

I cut my next twelve bright fabrics and started chain piecing those. I promise it’s more than it looks in this pile. Because these blocks finish up at 8″, some of the HSTs are on the smaller side. I hope to get some time between errands today to get these trimmed up and pieced into more Crosses and Losses quilt blocks. Stay tuned!

Crosses and Losses

December is such a busy time here, but for some reason that reality hasn’t stopped me from making piles and piles of “future quilt” fabric stacks around my sewing space. Yesterday I spent the morning cutting into a variety of bright prints and making a sample Crosses and Losses quilt block.


Crosses and Losses is from the late 1800’s and was published in the Ladies Art Company quilt pattern booklets. I find vintage blocks so fun to make, thinking about quilters using them for over a hundred years.

For this quilt, I’m planning 8″ finished blocks and a scrappy, low volume background. (That will probably take me forever to cut out.) I think the bright colors will bring some cheer into my home during the long winter.