Wednesday, April 08, 2015

How to Make a Modern, Wonky, Liberated Cross, Plus, or Arithmetic Quilt






These wonderful cross or plus sign quilts were actually once known as"Arithmetic Quilts". A catchy names for those quilters seeing the cross blocks as plus signs. Creating one, is as simple as doing the match with simple squares to create a block and then adding in othersquares/and or rectangles to make the finished block and quilt size youmight want!

Mary Lou Weidman and other quilts were recently sharing their interest in making 'cross' quilts' and checking out google images or pinterest.

Unfortunately, search engines doesn't always show free images even if you type in the word 'free' and pinterst, frankly..is filled with just images now of  people wanting hitting and not caring that they are taking you on wild goose chases.

So, just for Mary Lou Weidman, who we all know and love, who was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer and is sharing it opening on her blog and on facebook.

Here are some simple ideas and directions, Mary!

And everyone else, think about making one of these for someone you know who might be facing a similar challenge. These are absolutely perfect for a lap quilt during chemo, for someone in a wheelchair or even in bed, if you make one a bit larger.



Making Prayer Quilts

The prayer quilts that I have made in the past, were simple nine patch quilts. They are the easist of all to make, of course. I choose pink and purple for this quilt titled "Hope and Remembrance". It was made in honor of my mother who battled Stage 3b Inflammatory Breast Cancer and survived her 5 year milestone to then get Alzheimer's Disease, which she lived with until her death almost 9 years later!
Now, we have an entire generation of modern quilters who are looking for more diverse value systems and layoungs and an entire generation of cross quilts have morphed into 'plus' quilts. So much fun, no matter what you choose to create!

So, for cross, plus, or mathematical quilts as any design may be called,I share a small one and a medium sized one. But you can simply do the 'arithmetic' as I did by counting squares and make one any size you wish!
 

Basics for Making a Cross, Plus, or "Arithmetic" Quilt:





Color Selection and Value: See how differently one quilt can be depending on your own personal choices and selection of fabrics.



This layout is for a quilt that is about 54" x 75" when finished and larger if you add borders. This is considered a nice lap, nap,  or cot size.

Materials:

20 fat quarters of the equivalent in scrap fabrics, your choices solids or prints, or combine both

2 yards of 90" wide batting

4 yards of backing fabric or pieced backings of choice

1/2 yard of binding fabric



Block #1: 72 pieces 4"x4" cut size (3.5" square finished)

Block #2: 27 pieces, 11"x4" cut size (10.5" x 3.5" finished)

Block #3: 6 pieces 7.5" x 4" cut size (7"x 4" finished)

Cutting:

From 20 fat quarters or the equivalent in scrap fabrics:

Cut (4) 4.5"x21" strips

Subcut each strip into (4) 4.5" squares for a grand total of 320 squares.


Layout:

19 rows of
16 square each

You will need:

(48) - Full 5 square cross/pluses

(11) - 4 square parts

(2) - 3 square parts

(14) - Single squares

Free download of directions on site linked above
If you cant wing it from here, check out the 'By George' diagram. Note that other sites are linked at bottom of this post for other ideas!





Smaller and simpler version:





Cross or Plus quilt finishes at 38" x 52"

Materials:

 15 different fabrics if you want real variety and subtle background tones or fewer if not.

Start with approximate scraps that are at least 4.5" strips of each to create blocks that will be cut at 4"x 4"



1/2 yard or 24 squares of  dark

1/3 yard or 20 squares of

1/4 yard or 15 squares of a medium or bright

1/2 yard or 24 squares of a light

1/4 yard or 18 squares of another light

1/4 yard or 16 squares of a print

1/4 yard or 11 squares of a background neutral

1/4 yard or 14 squares of a second background neutral

12” of fabric for 2 1/4” cut binding

1 2/3 yards of fabric for backing



1. To cut the squares, align the selvedges of each fabric and cut a four-inch strip, then sub cut the strips into 4” squares.

2. Follow the diagram or quilt photo to layout your squares.




Note:If you can't wing it from the above or want another option, 
click on one of the pictured links below and go directly to others sites for tutorials!


https://sewkatiedid.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/cross-quilt-done/

Cross Quilt Tutorial by Sew Katie Did





PLUS QUILT


Free_Printable_Plus_Quilt_Instructions_Cot_Size_680


Note:
All of these arithmetic, plus, or cross quilt patterns and tutorials are available for free, don't be fooled by going into a cart and paying for one.


Come here and I will almost always have what you need, if not..I will soon be adding it in!



http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2010/09/liberated-quilting-blocks-letters.html
A wonky square ..cross or plus...is this easy! 
Michele Bilyeu :www.with-heart-and-hands.com 




And here's links to the one that I am making, shown above!!!

Lots of post on this, some duplication of information because it was shared between different groups on different days!

 Cross or Plus Quilts: Free Patterns

 Designing a Liberated Cross Block and Quilt

How to Make a Modern Cross, Plus, or Arithmetic Quilt

Making Mary Lou Weidman's Cross Quilt

 

More ideas and free tutorials, links, patterns!


https://sewkatiedid.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/cross-quilt-done/

Cross Quilt Tutorial by Sew Katie Did



PLUS QUILT


Free_Printable_Plus_Quilt_Instructions_Cot_Size_680

Note: All of these arithmetic, plus, or cross quilt patterns and tutorials are available for free, don't be fooled by going into a cart and paying for one.

Come here and I will almost always have what you need, if not..I will soon be adding it in!


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Uneven nine patch and star quilt by Laura Boehnke at All People Quilt


Hot Pink Cross quilt tutorial at Betty Ninja
 

Plus Quilt Tutorial by Jeni at In Color Order


The Crossing Quilt in Ann Kelle Fabrics









Happy Camper Wonky Cross Quilt

Happy Camper Wonky Cross Quilt with a free tutorial from Sew, Mama Sew!




 Criss-Cross Cushions



Low Volume Plus Blocks Tutorial

Low volume plus quilt




Ideas from Pinterest and google images!


 

 

With Heart and Hands:

Michele Bilyeu and her "Healing Cross Quilt" complied of blocks made by a multitude of quilters from around the United and States and Canada for Mary Lou Weidman 

Michele Bilyeu :www.with-heart-and-hands.com 




Photos of my Healing Cross Quilt in Progress, above, and completed, below:
by
Michele Savikko Bilyeu

My Links for the making of my cross quilt:

 Cross or Plus Quilts: Free Patterns

 Designing a Liberated Cross Block and Quilt

Making Mary Lou Weidman's Cross Quilt

The Mary Lou Weidman Healing Power of Love Cross Quilt

 Michele Savikko Bilyeu
May 7, 2015
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Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey from Alaska to Oregon with thousands of free Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Patterns and Tutorials. Help change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!

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