The Crosswalk Quilt

Happy Presidents/Presidents’/President’s Day, friends! Fun fact: there seems to be confusion about the usage of an apostrophe for this holiday title. I think we can just keep it simple by calling it George’s Day. Normally I work on Presidents Day but our office closed this year for some reason. I’m not complaining as it gives me a little more time to work on a quilt.

Last week, I mentioned that I had fabric from 2015 that I was itching to use. I initially thought I’d make one of Eleanor Burns’ Quick Trip Around the World quilts, which is fun, easy and comes together quickly. I’ve already made one before, though, so Friday night I decided I wanted to do something else. I asked around in my quilting groups and got great suggestions, but then I happened upon a Missouri Star Quilt Company video tutorial for their Crosswalk Quilt. It might be fun, I thought, just to make the quilt along with the video.

(Fair warning, my quilting lovelies: this is a cautionary tale.)

One of the things that made quilting less daunting when I was first learning was the realization that quilting is essentially just ironing, cutting, and sewing. So many of the quilting videos out there break the process down into these steps and it’s seems so easy to follow along with your online friends.

You iron the fabric, cut the fabric into smaller pieces, and sew those pieces together.

I’m hoping that Rocco will one day be tall enough to help me iron. A guy can dream, right?

You then iron those pieces, cut them into smaller pieces, and sew them together again in a different configuration after you make your second trip to the fabric store that day for thread because you didn’t plan as well as you thought. Not that I have a full spool of thread in the picture below because I did that.

You do some more sewing and ironing, and then some more sewing (only now into bigger blocks), and then you sew those blocks into even bigger strips and blocks.

Eventually, you wind up with the top of a baby quilt.

Can I be honest?

Would I make this quilt again? No, not as it’s presented in the video. I’ve quilted long enough that I could see some issues developing as I went: seams not being ironed with thought to how they would interact later, no regard for matching points, blocks not being squared. I also made a conscious effort to ignore those issues so I could see how the quilt would finish if I just followed the video.

It’s a cute quilt pattern, but the finished top isn’t up to my usual standards. I try not to be the quilt police but… it just looks sloppy to me in places. In all fairness, though, I did not buy the pattern. I would bet money that the pattern includes tips and tricks that make this quilt come together flawlessly. This is why we should spend a few bucks on the pattern, to make sure our end results match the vision we have in our heads.

I’ve already basted the quilt and will use it to practice my free motion quilting (which is what I wanted it for to begin with), then donate it to the local children’s hospital. It’s bright, fun, and will hopefully provide some cheer to a small someone in need of extra warmth.

Until next time,

-Tommy

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