Here is the pattern if you would like to make some of these and give where they will do the most good. My third one, much needed and just in time for surgery, is going out next week. Most of you could do this yourself, better maybe, but here's a free one to encourage your fingers. You can see, if you haven't, the already made ones in my gallery. Let me know if more explaining is needed; I have the fabric and cutting info ready to give.
Thank you for sharing Joe!
Quilters are people who strip so they won't go topless.
Thank you so much.
Joe, I have crazy pieced some fabrics into strips which I then did as a cross a for banner for our church at Easter time but I love the way you have done this.
Don't normally do much traditional quilting but am getting more comfortable with piecing all those 2.5 inch squares into something big.
Love your diagram.
Thanks for taking the time to share
from Western New York
Here are the instructions I have written, up to the point of quilting. Please let me know if more clarity is needed. I'll try to get something on the quilting pattern I use, if you need it. I'm happy to hear someone will use this and make one. ----------------
Survivor's Cross Quilt
size approximately 18" x 24", if you use 2" squares. You could
double this and have a small lap quilt, or add a border to increase
size if you want it to be a real quilt instead of a wall hanging.
used a Batik for the cross, a plain white linen look cotton for
background 1 and a white patterned muslin for background 2.
fabric - 1/8 yd. One fat quarter makes two quilts.
1 - ¼ yd. If you use this for backing as I did, then 1 yd.
2 - ¼ yd.
if you use a separate fabric - ¾ yd.
your choice. I used warm n' natural because I had a piece handy by.
Directions. (I always cut a few extra, in case of emergencies.)
: cut 36 - 2" squares.
1: cut 84 - 2" squares.
2: cut 72 - 2" squares.
Batik fabric, because of the variation in pattern, makes very
different-looking pieces when cut small like this. I sorted the
squares into generally lighter and darker, then asked my wife to
pick. She chose the lighter stack. That made her cross, and the
darker became the first cancer survivor's cross, delivered
5 June 2012.
picking pieces to sew in the blocks I keep the darker edges to the
outside, the lightest pieces to the center of the cross. This sort of
reinvents the pattern and makes interesting highlights.
have pressed seams open, because I'm trying to learn to be cool, but
you could do as you wish. I used a self border, or whatever you may
call it, where you fold the backing up over, and lap the corners. You
could do the border whatever way you know and like.
have used a simple quilting pattern, which I will try to draw, but
this would like great with a fancy quilting pattern. I think it would
look mighty good with a fancy pieced or contrasting border as well.
may can glance at the pattern, scan the cutting directions, and take
off on your own. I will describe further how I do it. Please remember
I sew all by hand, and don't know the machine talk.
assuming you know how to press and cut and all that. I am a former
wild man quilter, used to tearing the cloth into approximate sizes
and eyeballing it from there. I have been civilized to some extent by
Linda, and now use a rotary cutter, a mat, rulers, and all that.
you have your two-inch squares, my next step is to sew into patches
of two squares, which are then combined into the blocks. Here is the
patch count: (I do extras, safety first)
- C/C - that is cross/cross, you understand.
- 1/1 - that is background 1 / background 1
- 2/2 - that is background 2 / background 2
- 1/2 -
that is background 1 / background 2
- C/1 - that is cross / background 1
make a stack of each of these, kept in a shoe box by my chair, and
pinch 'em out as needed.
will probably have a neat sewing setup and will be much more
do all the patches, sew together to make the blocks, iron the seams
open, and then assemble blocks into strips. Since this is a printable
and reusable pattern you may wish to cross the blocks and rows off as
you go, as I do.
And here's what happens when the recipient opens the surprise package:
How wonderful, Joe. It is apparent that he really likes the wallhanging. Isn't it just a great lift to see that smile? Ginny
Beautiful Joe and thank you for sharing the instructions!
Jeannine, Happy Anniversary and Congratulations!
thanks for sharing that photo. It's wonderful to see how happy you made him.