Friday, September 11, 2015

Country Crossings

Hello Everyone,
The borders on are......and I gave it a KISS, as in keep it simple stupid.

In class the other day, we collectively decided to have a blue inner border.  When I got home and put it on my design wall, I tried it without the blue and really liked the look.  The red frames and contains the quilt while highlighting the blocks and the sashing.  Most of the fabrics in this quilt are from various Kansas Troubles collections all pulled from my stash.

Since the sashings look like they are twisted and crossing, I decided to name it Country Crossings.  I'm thinking about making this a skill building, long-term class at the shop.  I would simply start by introducing half square triangles and progressively introduce more complex components.

The center block is only HST. It appears to be much more complex than it really is.

This is my favorite block.  It is made from three different components.  Can you spot them?  There are 8 flying geese, 4 squares in a triangle, 1 square in a square, and a partridge in a pear tree.

The cutting instructions for five of the blocks are located HERE at The Quilt website.  I started writing the directions to this pattern while watching the start of football season last night.  Needless to say, not much was accomplished.

I'm pecking away at my lengthy to-do list.  I got some major items checked off yesterday, this quilt being one of them.  It has been so blasted HOT here in my area of California.  The temps have topped out at 107.  I know I'm going to cringe when I get my next electric bill.  The upstairs is about 15 degrees warmer than the downstairs, so I divide my day between the two.  In the morning I'm upstairs while it is still cool, by afternoon I migrate downstairs.  Normally we take Mazey to the dog park every day at 6pm.  Now we are there before 9am, and even at that early time, the sun is brutal.  This has totally thrown her off too.  We are all creatures of habit.

The game plan for today is try to stay cool as a cucumber (stupid phrase), and get more done around the house while getting ready for the show in Georgetown a week from this Saturday.  Last year, the show was cancelled due to fire.  So far so good this year!  Fingers crossed.



  1. The Country Crossings quilt is gorgeous and how wonderful that you are sharing the instructions for the blocks. You are so generous! I love it in those KT fabrics and that centre block just pulls me in. Might be a "must make" quilt!

  2. This turned out beautiful. Your border choice is perfect. And your idea for using this as a skill building class is a good one. I would love to take it if I lived closer. In the meantime, I keep learning from your videos of making them. I love that you used KT fabrics. Those are some of my favorites :-)

  3. I stopped short with KIS, 'cuz I'd never call you stupid, when giving you my 2 cents worth and you finished my's exactly how I saw it in my wandering minds eye!

  4. I love it, Lynn! It's perfect with just the red border and the pinwheel corners. Great name choice, too!

  5. I like what you'v done with it: it's a perfect border! :-) And it's hot here too: when I go out to water the potted plants I about die in just a short amount of time! Thank goodness for the AC! :-) At least we don't HAVE to be out in the heat!! Hugs, H

  6. Beautiful. And I love the corner stones in the border.