On my design surface today is a squirrel project--there I was, minding my own business late Saturday night, cleaning up the sewing room, when I came across Scrap Basket Beauties, one of Kim Brackett's books. I had several quilts bookmarked, including Cross My Heart. Those familiar with Kim's designs know they are based on 2.5" strips primarily. This particular pattern has pretty small pieces so I drew up a cutting plan for 5" charms, just to see if it would work. Well, then, I just had to try it! I rummaged in my precuts for a well-aged charm pack of Prayer Flag by April Cornell. A matching cream did not seem to exist in my stash, but I had a sweet celery green solid that worked wonderfully. Cutting and stitching commenced.
The first few crosses whetted my appetite for more and before I finally gave in at 1:00 am and went to bed, I had all the pieces cut.
The solid is truly a light green though it is looking pretty yellow in some of these photos. I selected 35 of the charms (I used 33) to make a tablerunner, since the book's pattern is for a throw size quilt and I only had one charm pack.
Cleverly, Kim's design and pressing instructions mean all the seams nest making the rows easy-peasy to assemble.
The top was completed a few hours later. It fits nicely on my coffee table and I love its spring/summer colors and the cute chunky crosses. Now to find a backing and get it quilted. This is the fourth quilt I have made from Kim's books and one more is on the UFO list for this year. I just love her designs!
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