Growing “Alice’s Cross”

A little while ago I showed you some blocks I’d made using my new “Alice’s Cross” template. I started making them because once the template was designed I knew exactly how I wanted to use it.

Several years ago I stitched this appliqué block, a design by Robyn Falloon

20150605-225029.jpgIn my fabric library I found the perfect border print and put it in the basket with the other fabrics for this quilt. The number of blocks I’ve made has grown, and there’s been an insistent calling from that basket every time I walk past or enter my sewing room. So, this week I measured, cut and stitched the border fabric

20150605-225541.jpgand yesterday, I just needed to see how it looked with the blocks I’ve sewn. (Sorry it’s not pressed – I couldn’t wait!)

20150605-225643.jpgMust say, I’m pretty happy! This is not “the” layout, I just plonked the block down in excited haste. Of course, in that excitement I counted out 5 more blocks required when, as you can see, I only need 4 more, so I’ve cut an extra block. Ah well, it can be the label on the quilt.

Last night, while the fabrics were out, I decided to start cutting leaves and flowers for an appliquéd border. Just need to find a suitable background…….

To all of you who are having one, enjoy the long weekend!

Meredithe x

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24 Responses to Growing “Alice’s Cross”

  1. Karon says:

    I love the center square and the border is perfect to bring it all together…..know why the basket was calling you…..Great quilt.

  2. Susan says:

    This is fabulous Meredithe! I love the soft colors- perfect for a grey Melbourne day!

  3. Quilter501 says:

    I love your new template and medallion center block. You are so talented. I am such a fan of the paler colors and the Japanese taupes……but then the Kaffe Fassett fabrics charm me too. LOVE IT ALL……esp. when sewn on my red and white polka dotted featherweight. 🙂

  4. Barbara Varnava says:

    Love the quilt Meredithe, do you have any grey fabric left as it would make a beautiful border with leaves and flowers I personally think.

    Barbara Varnava

    Sent from my iPad


  5. Kelly says:

    Oh Meredithe it’s lovely. Are you thinking of the appliqué for the grey border? Are you sure it needs it? Lovely colours.

  6. randrgale says:

    Love it, especially the centre block

  7. Hilda says:

    Beautiful Meredithe! I love the limey fabrics in there with the grey. Have fun with the border and enjoy your long weekend too. It is a perfect winter day here – crisp but sunny 🙂

  8. Mary Howland says:

    I didn’t like gray a few years ago but do now. Love the blocks and applique. I think I have a gray and pink Mariner’s compass somewhere. Maybe I need to find it and then see what else I can add to it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Annie Gunn says:

    You must be happy with that Meredith! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with your followers. You are such a motivator and give us all inspiration to keep stitching.

  10. Eileen McNeilly says:

    It is INDEED it is catching! Hope you can bring it up on your next venture to Heathers Quilting

  11. helen f says:

    Ahhhhhh you are finally putting it together!!! (Rather excited about this one m can hardly wait till its finished!!)

  12. Jennifer G says:

    I really love this! I wouldn’t be surprised if you dropped everything else to finish this one.

  13. Judy Beck says:

    I knew this would be something spectacular, love it. Beautiful applique center.

  14. Karen Ruta says:

    What a beautiful quilt this will be! I love your colours, and I do love “library” rather than “stash”! It sounds so much more elegant. 😀

  15. audrey says:

    Wow! Your blocks look fabulous with the applique center! What a great quilt this is going to be!

  16. Gerda says:

    Great collors……

  17. Ann says:

    Oh Meredirhe, I love it. It’s absolutely beautiful. I look forward to seeing it finished. X

  18. Maree says:

    It looks so good , xx

  19. I am really liking your neutral colour palette, such a relaxing soft look to this quilt.

  20. Jenny M says:

    For something that was just plonked down and not pressed, it’s looking pretty darn good!

  21. Janet says:

    I love this one – no wonder it’s calling to you! :0)

  22. Looking good!! I love your centre applique (of course I do, you know I am an applique girl!). The blocks just lift it to another dimension (oh dear, does that sound pretentious?!)
    Anne xo

    ps – I am looking forward to some serious sewing after all the work for the craft fair!

  23. CAROL says:


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