Wednesday 19 January 2011

One Cranberry Crush - done !

Last weekend I finished the Cranberry Crush quilt I started towards the end of last year. Am I happy with it ? You bet. Everything about it delights my eyes. If you have followed my previous posts about it's progress (here, here and here) you will know that I used Anna-Maria Horner's Innocent Crush Range for this quilt and for the solid colourshott from Oakshott fabrics.

Fabric: Innocent Crush from Anna-Maria Horner
Wadding: Quilter's Dream
Quilting: Machine quilt
Quilting thread: Gueterman Sulky 30 in cranberry (1169)
Size: 74 x 74 inches (just under 1.90 m square)

As you can see from the photos the front is a zickzack pattern and the back a 9-patch combination. So basically nothing more than half square triangles and squares. Though one does have to put in some effort to get the zickzack pattern on point. I find that the best method is to cut squares and to sew on both side of the diagonal before cutting the square into two triangles. This ensures minimal stretch of the biased cut fabric.

Cranberry Crush is the first quilt I entirely machine quilted and whilst I will write a thorough review about my first 2 months experience with the Janome Horzion next week, I'd like to say that it has been a blast. I would never have imagined that machine quilting is so easy and that much fun. I always thought it to be hugely difficult. But I really had no problems at all, flatness issues, nothing. I quilted along the zickzack lines about 1.2 inches apart across the entire quilt.

Front (or back ?)

This is also the first time I used colourshott from Oakshott fabrics. The solid is easy to use a little thinner than Kona cotton for example but it is much richer in colour and has a wonderful sheen to it. The entire colour pallet is sumptuous and I am planning to use it a lot more in the future.
The cranberry solid gives the quilt  a really deep and lush feel to it.

Back (or front ?)

Lovely crinkly after it has been washed
 I used the 'Bubble Burst in Rich' for binding as its dark colour adds richness to the mood of the quilt and frames it well.



  1. just Gorgeous Judith, both the back And the front ;-) your favourite so far?
    I look forward to your review of your Janome Horizon. i'm now leaning heavily toward the Pfaff Grand Quilter but as its going to take me ages to save up for whichever machine I may well change my mind......again lol!

  2. just to say......thank you for the link to Oakshott Fabrics Judith, lovely lovely stuff I shall definitely be ordering some & love the pics & patterns up on their site too ;-) Happy holidays!

  3. Hi Terri,

    thanks for you lovely comments. Yes I think it is my favourite so far. Give Michael from oakshotts a call. He really is very nice.


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