You've seen this block before.....
....but you haven't seen these.
I'm putting this one together during the first American Idol show of the season. I know, I know, I can hear you groaning now.....but I love to watch American Idol. But I'm not idly watching TV, I'm making Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. The blocks are English Paper Pieced. This isn't anything that can be rushed. I'm taking my time and enjoying the entire process. By the end of the season, I should have a nice little accumulation of blocks.
Lucy Boston (1892-1990) made some pretty impressive quilts into her eighties. The Patchwork of the Crosses appealed to me immediately when I saw it. When I paired Lucy with Marcus fabrics, there was an instant connection. Lucy and Marcus make beautiful music together and it was love at first sight!
I'm not the only one who thinks that Marcus fabrics make beautiful POTC blocks. Look at Pati's post HERE on the Marcus Mentions Blog. Insert warning......these blocks are very addictive. I cut all of the pieces for only three blocks. I wanted to keep going, but I have other projects of my own that I should be working on.
I had all of my Marcus fabrics out, when I was bitten or became smitten with POTC blocks on Pinterest. I thought to myself, make just one block and see how it looks. One turned into three and I was totally hooked. The intricacy of the Marcus fabrics lends itself so beautifully to the design of the blocks. The fact that the fabrics all coordinate together so perfectly is an added bonus. Older fabrics combined with new fabrics, it all works.
Do I need to start another project??? Absolutely not, but I do need a portable project to take with me and have one handy to work on at night. I find myself totally relaxed while stitching the blocks together. This could take me years to make.....but it doesn't matter. I'm enjoying the process. If I don't start now, the years will go by and I'll say to myself, "Why didn't I start this two years ago?"