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September 03, 2019
Noughts and Crosses is here!
The Noughts and Crosses pattern comes in 2 sizes: baby (36"x36") and small throw (54"x54"). It is perfect for beginners because you get to practice half square triangles, flying geese, and diamond in a square units. ;)
Naming patterns is my biggest struggle. I usually ask my husband because he is witty and clever, but he didn't have any suggestions for this one. So I took to Instagram to crowd-source a good name. One person said it reminded her of tic-tac-toe, and I thought that was fun! Then another person said it reminded her of noughts and crosses. To be honest, I had to look up what that was. It is what the English call tic-tac-toe! It was the clear winner for a pattern name!
This pattern is perfect for highlighting a fabric you LOVE by using it as the main fabric. Add in coordinating solids, and you have a stunning effect. You could also choose your favorite 4 color combination and create different effects with different color placement. Using a darker background also changes up the look of the quilt. A couple of my testers did that, and I'll share their photos on Thursday. The possibilities with this pattern are endless!
I made a sample of each size using solids. For the baby quilt, I used muted blues and grays. For the small throw quilt, I used brighter teals and yellows. I want to make a Christmas version too. Hmm...maybe I can get that done before Christmas this year...
Now for the photos. First up! The baby size.
I think this would be precious for a little boy.
I kept the quilting simple - just wavy lines spaced about an inch apart - so when it gets washed it will be soft and crinkly. Perfect for a baby.
It is only 36"x36" so it is a good size for tummy time or for keeping a kiddo warm in the stroller. One of my friends is pregnant and doesn't know what she is having. I'm secretly hoping it is a boy so I can send this to her. Shhhh. ;)
Next: the Small Throw size!
I love the brightness of the teals and yellows. The effect of the yellow was what I originally had in mind when I designed this quilt.
The quilting was done by Jill (J.Coterie Quilting) and ISNT.IT.AMAZING!?!
We worked together to pick this geometric design and I think it compliments the overall design perfectly. I have always been proud of the fact that I quilt my own quilts on my domestic machine (even it is just straight lines), but using a long-armer takes the quilt to an entirely new level. You can bet I will work with Jill again and again and again!
Seriously. It's so good!
Come back Thursday to see my testers version!
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