Friday, April 6, 2012

Cross Terrain Apples Quilt.............

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." -Ronald Reagan

 After much dragging of feet (because I was dreading the cutting).... I have finally started what I call my "Cross Terrain Apple Quilt"..........I am using the Aneela Hoey Little Apples layer cake that I won over at Kelli's blog "Seriously I think it needs Stitches"  Thank you again, Kelli!


I found the pattern at Moda Bake Shop....the creator of the pattern, Lee, of Freshly Pieced named the pattern "Cross Terrain" because she used the Terrain line from Kate Spain. Here is Lee's quilt:


When I won the Little Apples I knew these were the colors I had been looking for to make the Cross Terrain Quilt.
As I mentioned before....I was dreading the cutting.....I had started cutting only two of the 10 x 10 squares and right off the get go I messed up!   And, of course, one of the squares happened to be one that was the ONLY one of that particular pattern..........

OK.......stop.......regroup.......

I bought a new, larger cutting mat and one of those 6 inch wide, 24 inches long cutting rulers that  hooks into the end of the mat so it doesn't move........and what a difference!  I had been using my little 12x18 cutting mat and my little 2 inch wide--18 inch long ruler..........
But with my new tools I was able to cut out my patches for 4 more blocks plus cut my own jelly roll out of the contrasting fabric quickly and I made those 6 blocks the first day! 


The other thing I did was strip piece..........there are 144 white squares and 144 white rectangles that are cut for this pattern for the background in addition to the 144 pieces total cut from the layer cake.........each color builds two identical patches and two opposite and I found that strip piecing really made things go quickly.




After I cut the corners off, I threw out the triangles until I realized I could probably sew them together and make some postage stamp squares........so I dug them all out of the trash can and......


Voila!
The pattern actually calls for a border of random pieces that are one and a half inches wide so I might just throw some of these into it.............

Ok then.......that's all I have to show you because I am going to see if I can finish the 12 blocks I have already cut out before I have to go to work tonight....  Once these are done I am halfway there!...........I love being on a roll...............TaTa For now.....





9 good friend(s) left a comment:

Mrs.Pickles said...

looks like you got a lot done!

Cherie said...

Wow Ida that's looking great!! Think I too need to invest in a larger cutting mat! I'm having to fold my fabric to fit.
The blocks are looking great and the fabric choice is awesome!! Remind me I owe you a slap..throwing fabric in the bin! Shame on you!! =D

Needled Mom said...

What great progress and I do love that fabric.

The mat sounds like it was agreat investment.

shez said...

Ida its awesome well done,love the colours.xx

Barb said...

I love your blocks!

Rachel said...

Love it. Can't wait to see more :-) AND I learned something new! I could never fghure out why someone would buy/need those rulers. Now I know! (Yeah, I know, makes perfect sense now...LOL)

Hilachas said...

I'm so impressed with all you've accomplished. Soon another UFO will bite the dust.

Janet said...

This quilt is going to look great in that fabric! And good for you for rescuing the little triangles. If you hadn't I would have had to come and rummage in your garbage to save them...

Josie McRazie said...

I tell ya! The next time you go to throw the scrap away if it is bigger than 1 1/2 x1 1/2.... it is so useable!! Bonnie Hunter came and spoke to our quilt guild on Tuesday and let me tell you she floored me!! LOVE!! Just sayin! Look up her quilts! they are all scrappy wonders!!