Christmas Criss-Cross, June 2019
Quilt #219 • 60″ wide by 66″ tall
I started this for the 20th anniversary of a small quilters group I’d participated in, as we were given mini-charm packs of this print. Of course, that only got my toes wet, as I soon ordered a Layer Cake. Then yardage. Then backing.
My quilter, Cathy Kreter, finished this up quickly and I put the binding on this past month (so, while I finished 12″ of the binding in June, technically it was finished in May, when I sewed the label on).
It will be hanging out in my closet, waiting for the holiday season to arrive, a nice lap-sized quilt to use when watching all those holiday seasonal specials. It doesn’t require a Quilt Ph.D to make this. I walk you through the steps on an earlier post. There are many variations of the block in my reference book, but I can’t give you a name for the block outright, as there are two basic blocks in this, both four-patch variations: one is cut on the diagonal and one on the straight.
In other news, my Get to Work Planner arrived and this time I ordered the elastic band to put on my old one, as I tape in all sort of things and the book has kind of expanded.
Recently I had an interesting letter in my emailbox. A young professor asked if he could use the image of this quilt in a project he was working on for his English class. Since I’d taken it in to my class when I taught the short story Everyday Use, I quickly acquiesced.
Yep, it’s pretty wonky. It was designed that way in a class I took with Roberta Horton in Houston, eons ago. I treasure the quilt for that reason alone. It’s #37 on my Lifelong Quilts lists.
I think at one point I wanted to put an epigram on every quilt label, but in a quick survey, this is the only one.
Lastly, such happy news arrived with the announcement of Affinity Publisher‘s public release on June 19th. I’ve been a Beta tester in my own weasley and squirrely fashion for the last several months, sending in comments and notes on using the software. While not a difficult software, there is a learning curve which is when I searched their tutorials and forums for help. I use this to write my patterns, and I’m currently working backwards through the MSWord versions, and converting them one by one to a more professional look.
The introductory discount is 20% off the price, and there are NO SUBSCRIPTIONS to deal with (you know which company I’m referring to). So mark your calendars, if you’ve needed software that can help publish documents at a higher level than a word processing program.