Crossroads - upclose and personal.

As promised I am going to share with you projects from my book.  I do not have a set schedule as to when I will show each of my projects, but I will eventually show you all of my quilts.  The first one I have chosen to share is called "Crossroads" and you can find it on page 43 of my book, Quilting Wide Open Spaces.

I love this quilt, seriously.  I had fun playing with the fabrics.  I wanted the colors of the red fabric to give you a center focus, but also pull out to the edge of the quilt to give a streamlined look.  Color placement is huge for me, I have a really hard time with a quilt if the fabrics are not in the right place. There isn't a rule to fabric placement, I just have to have some kind of order with mine.  This is a really fun piecing project as well as a quilting project.  It will work up fairly quickly since it is a smaller quilt.
The quilting is a fun mixture of straight lines and feather motifs.  The instructions and the templates for these designs are all in my book and cd that comes with my book.  I have had several people ask if my book is for domestic sewing machine quilters and the answer is yes!  I talk about my longarm in the beginning, but all of my designs can be printed off and traced onto your quilts, then free motion quilted.

Isn't the texture just amazing?  I love it! The outside feather border is so fun to quilt up, the step by step instructions will be so helpful as you try out this fun feather design. 

The feather motif and straight line quilting was continued into the snowball blocks of the quilt.  I love to have the quilting flow and make sense through the whole quilt.


This fun corner motif is also included in my book.

The back!

I hope you like Crossroads, it is such a fun quilt and I am happy to finally share it with you.  I received my quilts back from AQS a few days before Christmas and it was the best Christmas present I could ask for.

For those of you who already have my book, thank you!  I hope you take a moment to share your projects on my "Quilting Wide Open Spaces" Flickr group. I can't wait to see all the projects popping up there.

For those of you who don't have my book yet, you can purchase a signed copy in my shop here.

January 06, 2014 by Judi
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