The Criswell Quilt was made in 1852 for the marriage of Mary McClellan Criswell and Jesse Jackson Smith in Chester County, Pennsylvania. More than sixty family members and friends each made an applique block for the quilt. Learn about this and other signature quilts on this blog created by Two Bits Patches.
It is finally time for you to see the assembled mystery blocks. A number of blocks were made and auditioned for the final selection, and one managed to get into the final quilt without being introduced. Rather than wait another week I have decided to show the finished layout now; some more instructions will be posted next week. I just wish I was a better photographer - the picture doesn't do justice to the real quilt top.
The blocks that you have been making fit together according to the following grid. It doesn't matter which six inch block goes into each six inch space; you can follow my pictures or rearrange your blocks to suit. Earlier in the blog there were Dresden plates and House blocks - if you want to include them just put them in a matching sized space. The quilt top divides into four quarters; A, B, C and D. Arrange your blocks on the design wall/floor for the whole quilt, then sew them together quarter by quarter.
Quarter A uses one 12 inch, two 9 inch and 5 six inch blocks.
Quarter B - one 12 inch, two 9 inch and five 6 inch. The block you haven't seen is the blue and purple one on the right. I will provide a pattern in the next post, or you might figure it out for yourself.
Quarter C - two 9 inch blocks and three 6 inch blocks.
Quarter D - one 9 inch, four 6 inch and five 3 inch blocks. For the 3 inch blocks I used leftovers from other blocks. You could make five different blocks.
I am going to add a border too, again, your choice for border / no border. Any questions? You can comment below or join in on the Facebook page - and I would love to see your photos!
The friendship quilt made in Malaga in 1937 has been the inspiration for the mystery blocks of the past few months.
I chose blocks that fit into the 6 - 9 - 12 inch pattern, and I left poor Sunbonnet Sue for another day. I discovered that I needed one more 9 inch block to finish the quilt so I opted for an old favourite.
I disassembled my Whirligig block that I decided not to use. It was all half square triangles so I rearranged it into a Dutchman's Puzzle.
It will work a little better with Flying Geese to start with and can
also be made in three colours - make the center geese one main colour
and the outside geese a contrasting colour.
A - 2 dark 5.75 inch squares. Cut diagonally twice to make 8 triangles.
B - 8 light 3.25 inch squares. Cut diagonally to make 16 triangles.
Trim each flying goose block to 2.75" x 5".
Block measures 9.5 inches.
I made a few more flying geese blocks, this time with real geese.
So ... next post, the big reveal! I do hope you like the end result.