Monday, January 27, 2014

Chicopee Crosses


Chicopee Crosses

Good morning, friends!

Can I tell you how much I love this quilt? That may not be the most modest thing to say, but seriously, it's one of my favorites. Which is great, because I made it for one of my favorite people. As soon as I get the nerve to venture out into this arctic weather, this baby will be shipped off to Tennessee to live with my best friend from high school. One day she asked me on IG what I did with all the quilts I make. When I told her that I end up giving most of them away, she jokingly suggested that I send one her way. That was all the push I needed to start a quilt for my sweet friend!


I had been itching to use my leftover Chicopee that I had stashed away after making this quilt and settled on the design after being inspired by this quilt by Angela of Fussy Cut. I used Essex linen in Natural for the crosses. I believe my blocks were 9.5". The block pattern is pretty easy to figure out, but if you would like a tutorial, Kelly from KelbySews has one for a 14" block. Interestingly enough, Kelly was inspired by my quilt after seeing it on Pinterest and made one very similar. Isn't it funny how things work out? 


The quilting was done on my mom's longarm in the swirly loop design that seems to be the only pattern I do. For the backing, I used a strip of the paisley print and added Kona Pepper to bring it up to size. The binding is either Alexander Henry's Heath in black or Timeless Treasure's Sketch in black. I can honestly never remember which is which!

I really wish I could see the look on my friend's face when she opens this. She has a much more sophisticated style than I do so I hope she likes it! 

16 comments:

  1. You should love it! It's fantastic. Lucky friend. :)

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  2. This is wonderful! I love it sooooooo much! Wow!

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  3. I love this!! What a beautiful gift. Perfect choice of the Essex as the crosses!

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  4. You're friend is a lucky lady, it's really beautiful.

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  5. Wow! What a lucky friend!
    This is gorgeous Toni, i love the look of all the crosses in the same Essex linen, perfect :)

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  6. Oh my word. Chicopee AND crosses, I am loving every minute of it!!!

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  7. I don't doubt she will love it! It turned out beautiful, amazing, all of those wonderful words for a quilt. I'm putting it down in words here that I love it so much I want to make a cross quilt this year, even a small one. I can only hope it turns out half as good as this!

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  8. Ask and ye shall receive! Lucky her :o)

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  9. Love this one, Toni! Lucky friend indeed. I'm sure she won't mind if you cuddle under it until it warms up!

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  10. Fab, I adore it!! Gosh, now I want to skip folding the overflowing pile of clean laundry and go cut into my Chicopee instead, ha! What a lucky friend :)

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  11. She will be over the moon! Gorgeous

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  12. Love the fabrics and the quilting. What a great gift

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