Cross Stitch Sparkle quilt

This week I managed to finish up another quilt… my Cross Stitch Sparkle quilt finally got quilted and bound….it only took 30 weeks and a friggin ton of half square triangles!

x stitch sparke quiltThis quilt started last year when I agreed to test a quilt pattern for Sara at Knotty Gnome.  I love to challenge myself and I had never done anything with half square triangles before so I jumped in feet first.   Each block is 18 inches square and I thought I could make a little baby quilt.  My original top finish was four blocks by four blocks.

cross stitch sparkle topBut…in a moment of crazy a month or so ago… I thought I would make the quilt bigger and added an additional 5 blocks!  I had just cut a whole pile of 4 inch solid squares so I thought why not use some of them.

x stitch sparkle detail 2Actually I love this size quilt…I think you really get a great sense of the pattern with the extra blocks added.

x stitch sparkle quilt detailI used so many different warm and cool solids in this quilt.  I know I have tons of Kona and Michael Miller Cotton Couture as well as Moda and a sprinkling of American Made in there.  Basically any appropriate solids I had in my scrap bin went into this thing.

quiltingI quilted the top using straight lines on my home machine.  For some reason I did not want to quilt it too densely and straight lines echoing the grey center square seemed to be the thing to do.

quilt backingFor the backing I used part of an IKEA duvet cover I had in my stash… it was the perfect back for this crazy colourful quilt.

quilt bindingFinally I hand bound the quilt using scraps of different greys.  The grey was the perfect way to frame the quilt and contain the colour explosion.

Quilt Details

Pattern:  X stitch Sparkle by Knotty Gnome
Fabric: Various solids
Quilt Size:  55 inch x 55 inches

37 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Sparkle quilt

  1. Hey Cath, I have been considering using duvet covers from Ikea as well: I somethimes like their designs and they are not that expensive, though the fabric appears quite thin. Did you have any problems with it or further expierience? Hug and some sun from Germany Mell

    • Hi Mel. I choose my IKEA fabric carefully. Some of it is really thin but a lot of it is a good weight. I have backed many quilts over the years with IKEA fabric, including the one I use everyday. I have not had any problems so far, but I would avoid some of the cheaper thinner fabrics. It is hard to resist the fabulous designs of some their duvet covers.

  2. And here I started thinking that the reason the quilt took so long to finish was the pieced backing – that is perfect fabric and had me fooled! 🙂 The warm and cool color changes work so well, and I love how you framed it out in the soothing gray. Great finish!

  3. Very smart-looking, as well as colorful. The alternating cool and warm colors give it a sophisticated look that many color explosions do not have. It’s a wonderful quilt. Congratulations!

  4. What an excellent pattern to show off all your solids. The “Sparkle” in the title is very fitting, too. Love the backing. There’s nothing better than taking that last stitch on the binding, and yelling, “woo-hoo!” Congratulations on finishing!

  5. Now THAT is a FANTASTIC quilt!! Congratulations on the completion. Makes me happy just to look at it. You should wrap up in it any time you need a little cheering up. All I can say is WOW!

  6. What a stunning quilt. It was defintiely a great idea to add the extra blocks, the design really comes through beautifully as a result. Great choice of backing fabric. I’ve used Ikea fabrics in quilts and ofr quilt backs and more recently I’ve actually started purposely buying Ikea duvet covers that I like to have as quilt backs in my stash and love how well they work.

  7. Oh wow, the pattern is great and I love your beautiful interpretation of it! 😀 The warm/cool combo with the greys is really dynamic. Love!

  8. Really love this one. Fabulous rainbow colors that the grey offsets well. Great layout. Wow! I almost never work with all solids myself, but I might have to after seeing this.

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