Turnabout Patchwork - Diamonds & Crosses

Turnabout Patchwork Project #2 - Diamonds & Crosses ...
Did I mention I like stripes? A lot?  Well, this sweet quilt has stripes within its stripes :)

This is my second project from Teresa Mairal Barreu's new book, "Turnabout Patchwork".  You can see her announcement post here.  If you're looking for the book to purchase, Teresa has a link on her page.  

The premise for Teresa's book is making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.
Her book is well done, with excellent instructions and illustrations.  Lots of inspiration!

There is a giveaway ... be sure to check out this full post for details!

For details on the blog hop, head here ...

The fabrics for this quilt are from Stache Fabric & Notions, they are Moda Fabrics from Jen Kingwell's line "Beach Road".
Two strip sets are needed for this design.  Ohhhhh, don't you just love how these play together??  

First step - starch!!  Lots of starch.  This technique has all bias edges, and starch really helps control all those edges.  Teresa has great info on how to handle all these bias edges in her book.

I turned again to the trusty "Block Loc" ruler and a wee rotating mat.  

On this unit, I added some washi tape on the Block_Lock ruler to mark the corner seam so that I'd be trimming consistently,

The trimmings are a beautiful little gathering of nibbins.  Having the perfectly trimmed squares to sew into bigger units is a delight - all the seams meet up exactly where they should.

There are a lot of seams coming together in the centre - so I swirled the centre seams to reduce that bulk.

When stitching the rows together that are sashed, I mark with chalk on the wrong side, where the seams for the next row should be.  I'm laying my ruler on the seam and marking on the edge of the sashing.  The sashing and outer borders are Grunge Hits The Spot in a beautiful teal that played nicely with the Beach Road fabrics.
 Pinning to keep things where I want them ... 
And the final result!  Ta-done!
Yes, of course I used that sassy stripe for the binding!  Bias strips were created using the "Fold then Slice" method.  Eagle eyed readers will spot that the binding is sewn to the front (while still on the longarm!) but not yet to the back.  

For quilting, I used a beautiful Hab 'n Dash Glide Teal on the top and Sew Fine Aqua in the bobbin.  Stitched out wavy lines about 1" apart.  Not a lot of quilting was going to show up, and I didn't want to take away from the design ...
I've laid out the binding all around the edge to ensure I won't have any seam in a corner.
 This ruler is perfect for applying binding on the longarm - from Wheatridge Studios.
Yes, this is my magnetic dish from TSC that holds my longarm pins!
Some fashion poses ...

 How about those itty bitty pinwheels in the corners and the centre of this block!

 Love the secondary design that pops out!
The back ... Windham's "Spackle" News Paper Clipping!
The batting is Quilters Dream 100% Cotton.  

The giveaway!  There are three items to win (one item per winner - 3 winners!):
Teresa is generously giving away one of the patterns from her Etsy shop and a PDF copy of her book "Turnabout Patchwork".

Michealanne from Stache Fabrics & Notions is graciously offering a $25 gift certificate to her shop.  How awesome is that!
How to enter my giveaway?  Leave a comment here on the blog, on my Quilting Biker Facebook page or Instagram (@quiltingbiker), and I'll have a random selection for winners after the end of the blog hop - on Feb 10th.  

Here is the complete Blog Hop Schedule ...

January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball

Sweet Bows
Sun Dunes

February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows
Flying Butterflies
Flying Flags
Flying Confetti

February 2 - Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star
Diamond Star

February 4 - Striped Fabric Block

Xs and Os

February 6 - Coordinated Strips

Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses

February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis
Stepping Stones
Two for One


  1. A great job! Inspires me to use up some of the striped fabric I have a habit of buying. I need to try sewing on binding with my new longarm. pjrquilter(at)msn(dot)com

    1. Thank you! Yes, give it a try - sewing binding on with your longarm, it's great! There are some good you-tube videos that are helpful. And congrats on the new longarm!

  2. I really love your fabric and color choices.

  3. Great pattern and lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win :) ..karenbbsnow@gmail.com

  4. I love how your quilt turned out, and your color choices. Very pretty!

  5. Great quilt! I love your use of the stripes. Well done!

    1. Thank you Karen, stripes can be so much fun!

  6. I love your quilt. Your colors are perfect and backing and binding are just the finishing touches. Great job!!

  7. Great fabric, and I love your quilting design! Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Your fabric choices have really made this quilt shine. Love it.

  9. OMG, your backing is awesome! I love the way the purple pops.

    1. Thank you! I do love that backing - love fabric with text. I'm a very wordy type ;)

  10. This book is really interesting. I look forward to having a copy to play with sometime soon. Thanks for the great photos for your quilt.

  11. I love your color choices. Bloc Locs are the best.

    1. Thanks! Squaring up is so precise with the Bloc Locs, I really like using them.

  12. Your quilt turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing!

  13. The colors are great. This looks fun

  14. Both of your quilts turned out so nicely. I may try my hand at one of these striped fabric quilts myself. Thanks for the detail and your steps - very helpful. I too am a fa of that Bloc Loc ruler!

    1. Thank you Gretchen! It can be really fun to use stripes - sometimes we need a nudge to get out of our 'usual' boxes :)

  15. I love stripes and you made a gorgeous quilt with your stripes!!!

  16. The blocks are quite reminiscent of string blocks but I really like the structure in them. And the Spackle word print you used is fabulous!

    1. Thanks Anita, they do! Love the Spackle print :)

  17. I love how this quilt came out!!
    I've made one of Teresa's quilts using this technique--it's lots of fun!

    1. Thanks Liz, there are so many possibilities with this process.

  18. I am loving all the pretty quilts on this blog hop. I really like your color choices for this particular quilt.

  19. Announcing the winners!
    My first draw (Feb 10) winners were:
    Tambry - PDF copy of the Turnabout Patchwork Book

    Jayne - gift certificate from Stache Fabrics & Notions. Jayne has donated this gift certificate to a local good cause, and this gift certificate has been offered to the Limber Lost outreach program that the London Modern Quilt Guild works with. Thank you Jayne for your generosity!

    Gretchen - for the Etsy pattern. After 2 weeks of awaiting a response from Gretchen, I have redrawn this prize. This is a hazard in not asking commenters to provide their contact information in their post.

    The redrawn winner for the Etsy pattern is Cinthia!


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