All week, I've been sharing ideas for creating a "cross quilt". A cross quilt can be as simple as making traditional nine patch blogs, to as modern as graphic interlocking crosses, to as fun as liberated and wonky "slash and sew" cross quilts.
The first day: I received packages, I received these combined blocks.
The second day: I received packages with these combined blocks.
It has been great fun finding ideas, tossing them around the groups and getting feedback from Mary Lou, herself, who we really could not keep it a secret from! Not only, because her interest in them, starting me thinking about making blocks, to collecting blocks, to arranging blocks...where I am right now..to eventually make her one of my own "healing" quilts where the positive thoughts and prayers of many as well as my own healing energies become part of the journey, itself, of creating the quilt.
The third day: I received packages with these combined blocks.
A quilt that can be part of Mary Lou's own healing journey with a diagnosis of breast cancer. It is hard enough to get such a diagnosis, but to be brave enough to share it with her larger friendship and quilting community only showcases Mary Lou's own inner strength and deep personal faith that no matter what happens, she will be all right. And she will.
The fourth day: I received packages with these combined blocks.
I started this process with an overview of Cross Quilts and this blog post that tells all about them, their styles and offered my readers access to a number of free patterns and lots of ideas.
Access my ideas and tutorials post here: Cross or Plus Quilts: Free Patterns
The fifth day: I received packages with these combined blocks.
And then more and more, and more! In the end, I received over 100 blocks, some were very tiny and will be turned into other things for this projects. But every single block will be used for Mary Lou and/or this project going to Mary Lou..and that is the best feeling in the world! So, thanks to everyone!
Post Note on May 1, 2015:
**But yes, as of May 2015, this project is being completed and I am not soliciting any more blocks for it.
The next step, since we had decided on a the liberated or improvisational style of a wonky cross quilt, was to show a number of ways a block could be design and simply cut out and sewn