Saturday, April 21, 2018

30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop: Jungle Crosswalk

Today is my turn to be hoppy for the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop by showing you the baby quilt I made with the Crosswalk Block.
When Carla first put out the call early this year for bloggers to participate in the Blog Hop, I knew I wanted to because I just love making quilts with simple blocks.  And the #22 Crosswalk block couldn't be any simpler and what a wonderful block it is to showcase fabrics.
Here is the link to the original TUTORIAL for this block.  Disclaimer:  since I was making multiple blocks in a different variation, I constructed my blocks differently.
I think I have a new favorite pattern for baby quilts thanks to the Crosswalk Block.  As you will see later in this post, my quilt uses two variations of the Crosswalk Block which I did in order to create the colorful checkerboard sashing.

To make my 40" square quilt, I used the following fabrics:

1/3 yd each of two prints for the rectangles each block
1/3 yd each of four different colors for the side squares (sashing)*
1/3 yard for binding
1-1/4 yard for backing (provided the wof is at least 45" wide)
*the original pattern called for two colors to be used for the squares but I wanted to make this quilt as colorful as possible so I chose to use four different colors.

Before making the blocks, the side squares (sashing) need to be made first. From the 1/3 yard of each of the four different colors, cut three 3" x wof strips.  When sewing strip sets, I like to cut my wof strips in half which will give me at least 22" to prevent the strips from warping.  Once you decide on the color order of the strips, make six panels, all in the same order,  which should measures 10-1/2" high by the width of the strips.  Press the all of the seams open.  Depending upon how wide your strips are, you may be able to cut seven strip sets from each panel which means you will have an extra panel to save for another project.  You will need 32 strip sets for the quilt.
From each of the two prints, cut eight 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangles.  Decide which print will be used for either the Type 1 and Type 2 blocks; the same print should be used for the same type block.

You are now ready to sew eight Type 1 Blocks and eight Type 2 Blocks.  You will see that the difference between the two blocks besides the different rectangles is the placement of the strip sets.  If you look at the Type 1 block, the strip set with the blue square on the top is on the left side (see red arrow) and and on the bottom on the right side. For the Type 2 block, the strip set with the blue square is on the bottom on the left side and the blue square on top is on the right side (see red arrow).  For both of these blocks, the seams when sewing the rectangles to the sashing squares should be pressed open.
Each row of the quilt consists of two Type 1 and two Type 2 blocks and when the blocks are set in an alternating block layout, you will see that a checkerboard sashing is created.  If you were to sew all of the blocks the same way, the colors squares will not alternate like a checkerboard and you will have two squares of the same color next to each other.
Here's a photo of the quilt and you can see how the checkerboard sashing is creating by alternating the layout of the Type 1 and Type 2 blocks.
For the backing of the quilt, I chose one of the prints from the top as well as for the binding, it's one of the colors used in the sashing squares.  I machine quilted with simple diagonal lines across the blocks and also quilted in the ditch around each block--nice and simple.
Did I mention how much I love this pattern and the resulting quilt.  I thought taking photos of the quilt warranted a visit to the nearby play park and Hubby, my Master Quilt Holder, was able to climb up the jungle gym and stoop down for me to take this photo.  I told him it was good training for him when our granddaughter comes to visit.

I enjoyed participating in the Blog Hop and making this quilt which turns out will soon be going to a new home.  We just found out that our niece is expecting a baby boy in August so the timing was just perfect.  

I hope you find this quilt fast, easy and fun to make and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Here's a LINK to Carla's blog where you will find the schedule of the bloggers who are participating in the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop and to check out their projects.  This blog hop runs until April 30th so there are eight bloggers after me who will be posting their projects.

Thank you Carla for hosting this wonderful blog hop; I am so happy I was chosen to be one of the participants. I've been sewing along and these blocks sure are fun to make and I will be able to share  my quilt made with the 30 blocks soon after the Blog Hop is over.

Hoppy Reading and Sewing!

46 comments :

  1. Very sweet quilt. Hope the new little one enjoys it.

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  2. Thanks. I enjoyed how you made block look so good. Looking forward to each new day!

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  3. I love your fabric choices, you've really made this simple block into something cute!

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  4. What a cute quilt! Love the way you used the different colors in the sashing. This one I am going to remember for a baby quilt. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. What a cute quilt, Rose, and it looks like it goes together so quickly! Pretty cool that you have that baby quilt done and already for your niece's little one! Yay!

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  6. What a fun version of this block you made. I like what you did with the checkerboard. It's been interesting seeing the quilts people have made with the simple blocks. It brings the blocks to life. I've been looking at some of them for the donation quilts we do.

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  7. What a fantastic tutorial. You make me want to toss all the tasks at hand and make this quilt. Thank you so much for joining the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop and Quilt Along. Your post is over the top and I really, really love the quilt made with the Crosswalk block.

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  8. I love what you've done with that very simple block! Very creative Rose. It would work with just one focus fabric too.

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  9. You really worked that block and came up with a fun quilt. I can see that you did enjoy this hop and the challenge. Are you making all 30?

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  10. :) Fun! I can't wait to get mine started this afternoon!!! :)

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  11. What an adorable quilt! Perfect timing, too, with a new baby boy on the way in the family! Cross Walk is a perfect way to show off those sweet fabric centers and really make the colors pop!

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  12. Thanks for your great tutorial. Beautiful baby quilt. Love how colourful it is. I have been playing along and keeping the patterns in a folder for quick reference when a easy but cute baby quilt is needed. Thanks for playing along.

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  13. Such a sweet way to use Carla's block in this adorable quilt...love those fabrics, too!

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  14. Cute, colorful baby quilt. Great timing!

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  15. That is so bright and cheery. Great job and compliments to your quilt photo assistant!

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  16. Very nice quilt! I am continually amazed at how such a simple block can make a beautiful quilt. Nice work!

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  17. Hi Rose!
    What a fun quilt - just perfect for that new baby boy. I love easy blocks that when pieced together makes the quilt look like it was much more difficult. All your fun bright prints just look so nice together. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  18. How cute and colorful! I know it will be loved!

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  19. Cool layout for the block! And the color is wonderful!

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  20. That makes such a sweet baby quilt. I am always surprised how different these blocks make up by using different fabrics.

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  21. What a FUN, fast and easy quilt - great results! Thank you for sharing.

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  22. Rose, this quilt is just champion!!! I love how you jazzed it up! What a great baby quilt.

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  23. Such a cute, quick quilt! Your animal prints are great and so nice to know it already has a home!

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  24. That is too cute! The colors are so bright and cheery that I smile just looking at them. This is a fantastic baby quilt!

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  25. How clever is this?? Genius, I tell you! Thanks for sharing this fun and easy pattern, Rose. You know this going right into my files :)

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  26. This is a fabulous way to use the Block of the Day! I have some perfect fabrics and two baby quilts that I need to make! Thank you so much for sharing your quilt and tutorial! Have a spectacular day!

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  27. Totally Fun! The colors, the checkerboard, it's a wonderful quilt.

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  28. Great layout for your sweet quilt.

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  29. I very much like how you used the center fabrics with animals in the block and then rotated the two for a wonderful design. I would like to recreate the design with some of my fabrics. Thank you for the idea.

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  30. Oh my gosh! Just last night--literally, last night--I was wondering how I could use the two colorways of the adorable "All of Us" fabric. (You know, the little peg people.) Now, here is the perfect pattern. Thank you!

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  31. Love your variation on this block!

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  32. I love the colors you used. I'm sure your niece will be thrilled.

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  33. Really cute quilt! I like the way you used the Crosswalk Block!
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  34. So cute Rose. I like the additional colors you added for the checkerboard sashing. Really bright and cheerful. Nice job!

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  35. I am in love with this quilt! The simple design with vibrant colors is AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your version of Crosswalk. It is inspirational!

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  36. Rose, this is SUCH an ineresting and clever design for a quilt!! Your eye just runs all over the quilt, so a baby will LOVE it for sure!

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  37. Very cute, and a great design with the blocks!

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  38. Beautiful quilt, and awesome colors! It's amazing what can be done with such a simple block. Thanks!

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  39. It is amazing the diversity of these blocks. I made the originals all with one contrasting fabric and white backgrounds. Your use of colors is terrific. Love the outcome and the upcoming baby will snuggle in it happily.

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  40. Great quilt Rose, you have a great eye for colour. Great backing and binding too.

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  41. I love the colors you used. I'm sure your niece will be thrilled.


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  42. So simple, so fabulous and absolutely perfect use of pattern and color. I am saving this in my big book labeled INSPIRATIONS.

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  43. Such cute fabrics. I really like how it turned out. Thanks for sharing.

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