A long while ago, I picked up a sweet little charm pack of a fabric line called "Little Apples", by Aneela Hoey. The fabric reads like a storybook, complete with hula hoops, apple trees, turtles and squirrels. I love the colour palette, red, white and aqua.
I had been waiting for the perfect inspiration to hit to use it up. I've wanted to make a cross quilt (like these by Cora Quilts) for quite awhile now, but I kept asking myself, has this type of quilt be overdone? To be honest, I still haven't grown tired of them. They are so sweet and many quilters keep finding new and fresh ways to make them.
I decided that rather than piece the quilt in a cross pattern I would use the quilting to create a subdued cross pattern. I kept my quilt piecing quite simple by using all 2" squares, white and patterned. I switched up the colours of thread used in the quilting. I used white, grey, aqua and only one cross of red for emphasis.
When you stand away from the quilt, you can see the crosses in the quilt. I love this effect! Can you see it?
"A romantic collection narrating the life of a young and beautiful jet setter. She’s the type that will create a garden in the midst of a city. Cherie is modern, fresh, and airy with a hint of grunge."
--Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics
The overall finished size of the quilt is 36" x 36", just perfect for a baby girl!