Kiss-Cross Quilt – Heather Bailey Charm-Along

Hosting a number of designer #aussiecharmswap rounds per year means I also get to host Charm-alongs!  Which inevitably ends with me wracking my brain for new ideas to use 5″ squares.  When the Heather Bailey swap had ended, my brain started processing the colours, and I tried to think of something a little different.  It was then I had the “bright” idea to chop up each 5″ square, insert some grey shot cotton, and sew them all back together again – giving me 5″ finished blocks.  See how bright I am??  After making my way through about 40 of these little blocks, I started to second guess my intelligence, but loved the effect I was getting from them, so soldiered on!  I’m so glad I did…..

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Because I ended up with this most divine “Kiss-Cross” quilt!  Made up of 110 unique Heather Bailey prints, it is the most delightful spectacle of colour I’ve seen in a while.  I ummed and ahhed about which background fabric to incorporate with the charms, and am so glad I settled on my favourite light grey shot cotton from Spotlight.  They always seem to be sold out of this shade, but a week before I made this quilt, I found a few metres lurking under some bolts on a shelf, and took it all!  It works so beautifully with the pastels and brights of Heather’s designs.

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I tried very hard to split up the colours and then split them again, so I got a relatively even spread of colour in each of the kisses and the crosses.  I’m quite impressed with myself actually 😉

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The best part about this design is that the accuracy of your finished blocks is not imperative to having a beautiful end result.  Unless you look reallllllly close (and I’ve given you the opportunity here lol) you can’t tell that the 1″ sashing doesn’t line up perfectly!  Ssssshhhhhh……..

The quilting was my first step back in to free motion quilting since my shoulder debacle.  I chose a really simple meandering design, and used a favourite variegated grey Aurifil #4670.  You can see in the above photo how the colours go from a light Dove grey through to a darker Medium grey.  It’s so beautiful to work with.

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And I got to use the beautiful backing fabric I bought whilst on holiday in Hervey Bay.  For $10 a metre, I couldn’t have been happier!  My only wish was that I bought more!

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Kiss-Cross is a finished size of 64″ x 59″, which is a pretty decent sized throw quilt.  It is gorgeous and soft and cushy and I am not quite sure yet whether I will part with it, or if it will become part of our rotating lounge quilts.  Either way – it’s been a pleasure to make!

Now that I’ve revealed this beauty, it’s almost time for everyone else participating in the Heather Bailey Charm-along!  The link up will be open here on the blog on Thursday the 16th and will be open until 12pm on Tuesday the 21st.  Winners will be chosen and then announced on Wednesday the 22nd.  How are everyone’s projects coming along?

**  Pleased to let you all know – the Kiss-Cross Quilt will be a free project featured in Homespun Magazine, July 2016!

Sew Cute Tuesday


20 Responses to Kiss-Cross Quilt – Heather Bailey Charm-Along

  1. Corinna says:

    Oh WOW this is fantastic!!!! I love your work girl. Bravo

  2. cate sutherland says:

    Wonderful quilt. I’m having a senior moment and am not sure what to do on the 16th to post a photo of my project.

    • Ms Midge says:

      Hey Cate, You need to upload a photo of your project to Facebook (making it public) or Instagram and then use the URL of the location to add the link. Yell out in the FB group if you need a hand.

  3. lovely! I really like the effect it gives overall.

  4. Debbie Leschisin says:

    Great quilt! Can’t wait for your tutorial!

  5. Leanne says:

    Looks gorgeous – love it !!

  6. Sue says:

    I absolutely love this quilt. Can’t wait for the tutorial!

  7. Kristi Pratt says:

    Hi, I just found you and decided to follow within a very short time. I’m loving your new quilt and the backing fabric you used is a favorite of mine that I wosh I had bought more of too! I’ll keep watching for more charm friendly ideas. Thanks!

  8. LaurelleC says:

    Wow it looks like a beautiful Garden Lattice. Especially with the Heather Bailey flowery charms. I love that grey too. Do you find the shot cottons a bit more difficult to sew with? I have used them a few times and they are lovely and soft 🙂 I cant wait for the Cotton and Steel charms but I have heaps of projects to finish 🙁

  9. Michele says:

    I like, I like! It was a great idea. I think I’m going to host a Kate Spain Christmas Charm Along once the swap is done and then another after I do the final regular Kate Spain Charm Swap in the fall. Now I’m wracking my brain as to what to do with them.

  10. Kathleen says:

    Love this! I’ll be watching for the tutorial 🙂

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