Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A New Beginning ~ Kona Summer Crossroads Quilt


My January Blocks are done!

I made 5 X blocks and 5 Sixteen Patch blocks and 10 border squares.
I sewed the border squares into rectangle units.
This is my plan for each month.

Here is the layout for my quilt ...

"Summer Crossroads" Quilt


I am making this quilt as part of this fun sew-along



I decided on this color scheme for my sew-along quilt 
when I realized I would have  a lot of Kona Summer Colors 
jelly roll strips and charms left over from making my
I love these colors!
For the background yardage, I found a light Kona medium gray 
which has been in my stash for a few years.
I will also be adding some other bright Kona solid scrap fabrics from my stash of scraps to have enough colored squares to make this quilt.

I drew the layout of my quilt on EQ6.

My finished quilt will measure  70" by 86" with the borders.

Block size 8.5 unfinished

For this quilt I will need


31 sixteen patch blocks
made with 2.5" squares
pieced in 4 row of 4 squares each
rows pressed alternately


32 X blocks
made with 4 background squares, 4.5"
sew and flip method using 2.5" squares for the corners
press units alternately to nest seams


64 border blocks 
4.5" background square
1 corner 2.5" square sewn diagonally and press to corner.


Here are my first two blocks!


This makes many little scrap HSTs which is my leader and ender project for this quilt.

I have decided that I need to make 10 blocks per month for 6 months
and the remaining 4 blocks and the border blocks for the seventh month.
This will have me piecing and quilting my quilt by July.

Just in time  for summer!

This quilt looks like the traditional ...


Arkansas Crossroads quilt block pattern, 
but the constructions is different as it is made from two alternating blocks.
I made one block in the traditional manner and found I like the new method better!
For a tutorial from Make It Do for the traditional block click HERE
I will use this block on the back of my quilt for the label. 

I am linking up today @ the
 linky party in the sidebar HERE 
where you can see the quilts in progress

Thanks, Terry, for this fun sew-along!

Hope to see you joining in the fun!

Time to sew more blocks ... :)



16 comments:

  1. You're very welcome! Your blocks look great! And your quilt is going to be beautiful! :0)

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  2. Oh my. I like this size and hope you don't mind if I sew along with you as well as Terry. Thank you for doing the math.

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  3. I'm sure your quilt will be beautiful! This sew-along is so fun.

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  4. Thats going to be gorgeous in the Kona solids Pat!

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  5. Your blocks are fabulous.I`m sewing along it too.

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  6. This looks great! I love the kona summer colors. It would go great with the gray background.
    A while ago I saw a video for this patter@MissouriStarQuiltCo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex2wmgSKJl4

    Can't wait to see your quilt.

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  7. Ohh I like your layout...I'm planning to make my quilt a little larger too, hope you don't mind if I "steal" your idea!

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  8. I LOVE Kona! I can't wait to see your quilt put together.

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  9. I love Kona Solids , this will be a gorgeous quilt!

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  10. It look lovely! The solid colors gives your quilt a modern twist, very nice!

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  11. Your solids are in fun colors for this quilt. Can't wait to watch your progress.

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  12. I love your use of the solid fabrics. It's so pretty.

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  13. oh I love love love your solid colors and the gray!
    I think I am going with her 5 rows of 5 for the sew along, but I love making the blocks so do plan on doing a larger one.

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