Crimson Cross … a double bed quilt by Kathreen Ricketson
Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my bookÂ Little Bits Quilting BeeÂ (published byÂ ChronicleÂ late last year). Because designer fabric is often only in print for one season it can be difficult for quilt designers and authors to choose fabrics that will be still available when the book or pattern is published; so to help you out I will be offering advice and alternate fabric choices for many of the quilts in my book.Â
This quilt is my version of the classic red cross quilt, the blocks are made using an improv method and then put together so that the gradient of colours runs dark to light from the top left corner to the opposite bottom corner.
For Crimson Cross I used Rouenneries by French General for Moda, which luckily has just been re-released as Rouenneries DeuxÂ (availableÂ from Sweet girl studio). I love this fabric and am very happy they have re-released it – I hope that they do this for a few of my other fave fabric lines too.
Regarding the Honey Bun pack – these are 1.5 inch wide strips from Moda and were never as popular as the Jelly rolls – and I am not sure where you can get them from now – except by searching on etsyÂ or asking at your local quilt store. Instead of the Honey buns for this quilt (which are mighty convenient) you will have to cut yourself 1.5 inch wide strips from fat quarters or yardage – you’ll need approx 1 yard or 4 fat quarters cut into 1.5 inch wide strips.
- Redwork Renaissance by Chloe’s Closet for Moda would be my second choice for this quilt – simply because of the range of red and white – perfect for this Crimson cross quilt. (Layer cakesÂ availableÂ from Southern Fabric) Pictured below
- I quite fancyÂ Tuxedo Collection 10 inch squares byÂ Doodlebug Design for Riley Blake Designs as an alternative fabric for this quiltÂ (you’ll need 2 packs as these only contain 24 squares instead of the usual 40), paired with a bold red fabric for the cross – it would be a graphically stunning quilt.
To make this quilt top you’ll need:
- 1 Honey bun pack (40 strips 1.5″ wide) (or 4 fat quarters), 2 Layer cake packs and 3 fat quarters for a scrappy binding.
- You’ll also needÂ aÂ copy of my bookÂ - and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
- I quilted this in a free-style stipple design.