cross quilt || plus quilt finish

I finished this quilt about a month ago for a customer.  I had to patiently wait for it to arrive to her home before showing it to you!    She requested the colors blue, gray, yellow, green, and orange.  She loved the look of a cross quilt (or plus quilt), so that is what I made for her.

After giving me her colors that she wanted,  I pulled some fabrics for her to get her approval.  Here is what I showed her.

At the time, the only orange I owned was this Nursery Versery print by Heather Ross.  (I forgot I owned a Geocentric print that had orange in it, which I ended up using in the end.)

From left to right, she wanted to have #1, #2, #3,  and #7 in the quilt, and she left the rest of the design up to me.

But as some quilters may know, planned quilts can sometimes take a different turn, which is what happened to me.  As I started to cut and lay out my pieces, I realized the Heather Ross print (#1) was not bright enough for the quilt.  I really wanted the orange to pop!

The progression of the quilt.

So how did I sneak the Heather Ross print into the quilt???  I chose it for the back!!  (The orange stripes are left overs from another quilt I was working on.)

For the quilting, I stitched about a 1/4" away from my seam lines.  I quilted either side on the horizontal seams and chose only one side for the vertical seams.

I used a gray honeycomb print from Moda that is no longer available.  I did not want the binding to compete with the other beautiful fabrics in the quilt, so gray was the way to go!  I snatched up several yards at Fabric.com when it when on sale for under $5 a yard.  It makes a great binding!

This quilt measures 48" x 52"
Warm N Natural Cotton Batting
Pieced with Aurifil #2024
Quilted with Aurifil #2024 and Gutermann's Cotton in Gray

I love how it turned out and so did the owner!  Are you a fan of cross quilts?  What are you favorite color combinations?  Thanks for stopping in today!

Psst - Did you see my last, most recent quilt finish, Petal Pod?

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  1. What a great quilt! I like the color combos/fabrics you used. And the nursery versery looks great on the back.

  2. Lovely Quilt. I love that the colors/prints are bright, but not overwhelming. I have never made a cross/plus quilt, but think they are very pretty...

  3. Yes I do. I love the red splash in the corner. The fabrics are all so graffic and modern. Nice she let you pick the bulk of the fabrics. Way fun!!

  4. One day I am going to be as cool and creative as you and make an awesome quilt!

  5. I'm getting ready to start one of these next week. I need to pull fabrics soon. I have a pretty severe size limit (it's for a challenge) so I need to decide on the size of the units. I need to go smaller to keep the proportions correct.

  6. I love the colour combination. I tend to go for aquas, pinks and greens and am making my son a quilt in more boy colours,it feels really odd to be using different colours. I've not tried to cross quilt before.

  7. It turned out great! I made one in October, and I love how quickly plus quilts come together. I love the honeycomb detail on yours!

  8. This is gorgeous. Great colours! I would love to try a plus quilt one day

  9. It is an amazing quilt! I love crosses quilt. The geometric fabric (4th from the left) is amazing! Thanks for sharing on let's get acquainted!

  10. I love the pops of green in your quilt! Beautiful!

  11. I absolutely LOVE those crosses. What a terrific pattern!! I love how you always give your quilts a modern twist!

  12. Great job! Love that pop of orange.

  13. Great Plus quilt and a terrific way to sneak in the Heather Ross prints!!

  14. Cute! I love the pattern and the binding fabric! The pieced back is fun too! Okay so I just love all of it!

  15. Really great fabrics in this quilt!

  16. Anonymous4/15/2013

    I love this quilt, the colours are lovely. I made one of these a while back in a huge assortment of colours, it's turned out huge and is sitting in my WIPs pile as I wasn't sure a) how I was going to quilt it, b) how I am going to get it underneath my machine bed to quilt... but if you don't mind, I may use your example to quilt it as it's really fetching.
    Mine is 6 1/2" by 5 1/2", which is 78" by 66" approx.

  17. Is there a name for the binding fabric? I must have some!! Perhaps a wide goose chase will find some, somewhere.


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