I love starting something new, so while I'm supposed to be finishing up a big pile of WIPs, I couldn't help signing up to The Great Pillow Fight Swap. A few weeks back I pulled some fabrics for my partner...
Then I spent a few weeks thinking about design. I really love the Aerial Grove quilt in Carolyn Friedlander's new book "Savor Each Stitch". I love the simplicity of her quilt and the bright pops of graduated colour in a low volume background. The pops of colour come from hand appliqued circles. I've never really done hand applique before so it's not something I feel happy doing for my swap partner. Instead I decided to do a patchwork block that would evoke the same kind of feel, small blocks of colour on a light background. But what exactly!? I played with flying geese and half square triangles but they didn't seem quite right. Then, inspired by the sweet X's in the Cotton and Steel XOXO basics print, I decided to play with small crosses. I made a few blocks and I thought they looked kind of cute.
My partner seemed happy so I made a few more.
I quilted some straight lines through the diagonals. I love how the lines formed little crosses in between the blocks. Then I found the perfect backing in my stash.
Now it's ready to post to my partner. I love finishing things too!
Edited to add: I've written a tutorial for this block, you can find it here Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial