The joy of a good Crossword Puzzle…

This week I have been working on a top-secret project for Quilt Market so my personal quilting has been at a minimum… but I did manage to squeeze enough personal sewing time in to get my Crossword Quilt top all done…

crossword quiltThis is a very quiet quilt and very simple, but I love it.  The subtly of the pattern is just perfect and adds just the right amount of interest to this low volume quilt.

Crossword Detail

I used white on white tonals, creams and greys for the back ground “newspaper” of the quilt and black and white/cream prints for the crossword section.

font print detailI used as many font or print patterns as I could find, which included raiding a few of my friends, stashes…. special thanks goes to MaryAnn who had some wonderful prints in her collection that she kindly shared.  Oh and of course there is some Pearl Bracelet… I can’t make a scrap quilt without surreptitiously sneaking it in somewhere!

crossword detail 2This top is a big one… 67.5 x 76.5.  I actually played with the original pattern a little to make the quilt just a smidgen smaller than the on in “A month of Sundays”.  The book actually encourages you to make up your own crossword, which is kind of fun.

So this is the point in the post where I admit I don’t understand the joy of a good crossword puzzle.  My mum does them everyday but they frustrate me no end…oh and do not get me started on the craziness that is cryptic crosswords.  Seriously they make no sense at all.

A work in progress to change the pace…

I recently had the privilege of receiving a review copy of Cheryl Arkison’s book “A month of Sunday’s”.  The PMQG is often sent books to review and when this title was offered I jumped at it.  I loved Cheryl’s first book “Sunday Morning Quilts” which she co-authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg.

month of sundays bookThis book has a different feel and pace to it than Cheryl’s last book.  It has recipes, bag patterns, musing on life and the best chapter EVER on low volume quilting.  The chapter “Turn it Down” does a marvelous job of explaining what low volume is, how it works and how to select fabrics.  It has tips on value, scale and colour in low volume fabrics and I learnt some neat stuff.

The book’s quilting projects are all fabulously low key, low volume and fun. You are challenged to take what you have learnt about low volume and apply it to patterns. There are helpful hints about turning up the volume on the patterns too but they are all perfect for the quieter style.

Flipping through the book there was one pattern in particular that caught my eye and I knew I just had to make it…

crossword quiltSo fabric was pulled (I had a surprising number of text prints!) and then cut.  Now, after months of loud bright colours my design wall at the moment is full of scrappy low volume prints.

my wipThe wall looks so strange with the random placement but as the rows are sewn together I am seeing some magic appear.  I used more creams in my top, which gives my Crossword an old newspaper” feel I think.

wip crossword quiltI have no husband for the weekend so I am hoping to have this top finished for a reveal next week.