Cross Stitch Sparkle Pattern Testing

Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing some pattern testing for the fabulous Sara at Knottygnome.  The block I have been playing with is called Cross Stitch Sparkle…

hst quilt blockIt is a block made up of half square triangles, lots and lots of HST’s.  When I got the pattern I was umming and ahhing about what colours to do and what scraps to use… you know my usual style.  In the end I decided to do something completely different for me and go with solids.

cross stitch sparkle detailI used just Kona for the white fabric but I really raided my solids stash for the rest – there is Kona and Couture Cotton and Bella Solids and who knows what else in this block.

With Sara’s pattern she gives directions on two different ways to make HST’s.  I went with the version that makes 2 at a time because I wanted the colour variety and I was not making a huge quilt.

detailSara’s other directions make 8 HST’s at a time and would be very handy if you were making a full quilt out of this pattern.  Each block is 18 inches square so I made 4 blocks and called it good…

cross stitch sparkle topI now have a fabulous wall hanging or baby quilt…. I am not sure which one it is yet!   Sara’s pattern goes live next week on her website if you are interested.  The block is really easy and the resulting quilt top is striking.

I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

29 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Sparkle Pattern Testing

  1. Very pretty. 36″ square is a little small for a baby blanket, but OK for an infant. Have you ever tried the Bloc Loc ruler for squaring up your HST? It’s great.

    • Kathy this is the first real big batch of hst’s that I had done, so I am a bit of a beginner with this type of pattern. I have heard of the Bloc Loc ruler but have not tried it, I will have to track one down and see what it is all about.

  2. Beautiful samples and they really show off the pattern. I love the use of solids. Have you tried the new AMB solids from Clothworks? They are completely made in the USA.

  3. …but, but this can’t be one of yours – where is the Pearl Bracelet? Seriously, though, it’s a lovely design, great colour choices, and I would cheerfully kill for a full sized quilt in this design and colourway. I’d do it myself, except I hate stitching triangle. Guess I’ll have to get over that, hey?

  4. When will you stop being so awesome??? Probably never! I love this! And I love little 36″ blankies, because they don’t dangle too much out of the stroller in our wet weather!

  5. This is so gorgeous! The balance of warm and cool colors with the added white and grey pops make this really fabulous. What a great, versatile pattern! I would love to see what other people do with it, since I know that basically anything you make will be stunning 😉

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