How’s about this for a bright and colorful quilt? I feel a bit like a walking ad for Cotton + Steel, but honestly, I’ve just had such fun sewing with their fabrics lately that I can’t help but exclaim about it (and trust me, they have no idea that I’m so obsessed!).


They say that their collections are meant to be mixed and matched, so I thought I should put that to the test. Before I left for Quilt Market, I had pulled out a number of prints and paired them in groups of threes, but held off on cutting anything, hoping I’d be able to get my hands on a bit of the new collections.


The design is one I’ve been wanting to try out for a while (you know I love me a plus quilt!) – I’d been thinking about it since I made this quilt (and accompanying tutorial) way back in 2009! — thinking it would be fun to cut the blocks apart and rotate them rather than mixing them up. Then I recently saw, and became obsessed with, this cross quilt in Roderick Kiracofe’s book, Unconventional & Unexpected (a hugely inspiring book, by the way!).


I must be craving color during these gray Vermont days, because I’m in love with how bright and vibrant this one is! I usually am one to need a solid or two (or nine!) to give the eyes a place to rest, but I’m kind of loving how this one is just a whole bunch of prints all sewn together into one fun, and hopefully grown up!, version of an eye spy quilt! Max and Hazel have already been having quite fun pointing out all the various horses, butterflies, kitties and bunnies (so maybe not so grown up?) Ah, doesn’t matter….I love it!

Want to make one? I have a tutorial ready to share in the next day or two. It’s a simple one to replicate for sure, but thought some of you might appreciate a photo tutorial and a few measurements!


(book link is an Amazon affiliate link, fyi)


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21 Responses to intersection

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    Carla says:

    Wow wow wow. So bright and happy. Love it against that barn!

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    Sharon T says:

    Love, love, love it! Can’t wait for your tutorial!

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    Jen says:

    Would love a tutorial. Once again, amazingly inspiring!

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    Linda Bee says:

    You’re such a visionary. I also love what ideas.

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    Dana Henry says:

    Great Pattern!!!! Just looking at thepattern and colors gave me the quilting “PICK ME UP” I needed this morning. CANT WAIT FOR THE TUTORIAL. Thank you so much.

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    Julierose says:

    Oh this is gorgeous–looking forward to your tutorial…hugs, Julierose

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    Debbie Leschisin says:

    Can’t wait for the tutorial. Your color mix is fantastic!

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    Nesta says:

    Beautiful! Love how you can read different levels of crosses. Very effective.

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    leanne says:

    so beautiful – love the colour and love the design – thanks for doing a tutorial so I can make one too !

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    Colleen says:

    I literally gasped when I read that you will be posting a tutorial, I love this !
    Thank -you in advance of the tutorial. I really admire your creativity.

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    Liz says:

    Awesome quilt! I love what you’ve made with Cotton + Steel and looking forward to the tutorial for this one.

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    Diane Dodd says:

    this quilt is soooo beautiful. I love allllll the colors and simple design. Thank you for preparing the tutorial. Can’t wait to read it.

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    Cristin says:

    Ooh I do love a plus quilt, too!!! Its lovely, and C&S is the best! I’d be very happy to have a little tutorial – thanks for hooking us up, Ashley! xo

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    jodi says:

    Thanks for the tutes you give! I think C&S is right – the colors do go very well together. Beautiful quilt you designed!

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    Pam from CA says:

    Gorgeous quilt! I cannot wait for the tutorial!

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    Kathleen says:

    always a fan. This is awesome!

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