Monday, January 14, 2013

Cross Play

I have just finished a new piece today.

At first I thought I'd call it Black & White Cross, but then someone pointed out to me that I've been doing crosses for a long time.

And sometimes crosses [+] lead to  mandalas.

This was a bed quilt for a raffle to raise money for a playground project.

This was a baby quilt for Emily Tolmie, I think.

This one I called Tapestry of Children. I put quotes from pre-schoolers around the border. 
It is in this photo basted & on the quilting frame.
Joanna Steniskis  inspired this quilt.

There are others, but they are on slides & not transferred to digital yet.

The first course I took from Nancy Crow was in Portland during the time Erica was dancing there with Oregon Ballet Theater, in the mid-1990's.
I learned new piecing techniques leading to looser lines. I did 4 Seasons of cross quilts, 2 of which are here.


None of these are terrific photos because I was a) in a rush & b) unwilling to go back... which means c) a lazy non-perfectionist!

So now I thought it would be fun to show you one of the decision points in the making  of Cross Play.

This was how the layout was oriented during the design process.

But I grew to be uncomfortable with the imbalance of it, so I tried all the possible positions to chose the one that felt better &, as it turned out, most stable!! 

That's better.

The other design issue I had was that when I got through with the main piecing, where tan unevenly circles the cross & color I liked the irregularity of the jags in the tan edge, so I added the beige to "keep it" but also to rectangulate the whole piece. Sometimes I just don't want wonky!

That's it for now.


  1. I'm really not sure now I like the orientation better wit the heaviest arm of the cross down. I'll be coming back to it again to reconsider, I can feel it in my bones.
    It'll be a while...
    Thoughts welcomed.

  2. I like it to the right. Significantly more that way.

  3. I am now favoring the one that would be called Precarious Balance. It's the second one up from here.