Crossword Complete

I will start this week with a moment of honesty…. this is the first and possible only Crossword I have ever completed.  I have started many a crossword but never, ever completed one.  My mum does the crossword daily, and does a stellar job of getting them complete, but not me.  So without further ado, here is my one and only completed crossword….

finished crossword quilt

I started this Crossword last year, when I was asked to review Cheryl Arkison’s book, A Month of Sundays.  While flipping through the book I saw this pattern and fell in love.

The top came together easily using a collection of white/cream/light grey low volume prints and black and white prints.  The pattern is gentle but very effective.

crossword quilt detail

The black and white prints give you the squares of the crossword, with the creams giving the background a real newspaper feel.

quilting detail

I dug deep into my stash, as well as the stash of a couple of helpful friends to get enough black and white text prints…. and then tried to keep the supporting black and white prints very graphic.

crossword detail
You may have noticed the fabulous quilting on this project… I can safely say that it was not my doing.  This quilt top is huge and I could not drag it through my home machine, let alone create such a wonderful pattern.  The Crossword was quilted by the talented Jolene Knight, on of our Guild long-armers.

crossword quilting detail

I love the rhythm of the undulating curves of this quilt.  It is soft and gentle and really perfect for this quilt.  Jolene kindly quilted this baby up for me as the finished quilt will be donated as part of the PMQG’s Charity program.

For the back of the quilt I used a slab of text print, which seemed a perfect fit…

backing detail

And the finishing touch was a scrappy grey binding that I machine attached.

binding detail

This is just one of the quilts I decided to get finished and donate.   Earlier this year I took stock of my rather large collection of UFO’s and decided I needed to get most of them finished and donated.  Unfinished blocks and tops do not do anyone any good…while a completed quilt can do so much…

QUILT DETAILS:

Pattern:  Crossword by Cheryl Arkison
Fabric:   Low volume scraps and B/W prints
Finished Size:  68 x 72 inches

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.