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Patchwork of the Crosses

I’ve seen Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses quilt come up frequently on blogs I follow and Pinterest.  And it’s a variation on hexagons, which I also find intriguing.  So I’m plotting to start one of my own.  I bought two excellent books, available from the Inklingo website:


I’ve been admiring Cathi and Karen’s nearly finished quilt tops. . . .

And then I saw this lovely tutorial from Red Brolly, and it pushed me over the edge.  I think I’m going to start on my own Patchwork of the Crosses.  After much, much deliberation, I’ve decided I will do mine the old fashioned way, just like Lucy Boston, and use English paper piecing.  I know there are MANY stunning POTC quilts out there, fussy-cut flawlessly and hand pieced with Inklingo, so why on earth would I English paper piece?!?

Several reasons.  First, I’m envisioning a quilt with lots of dark batiks and oriental fabrics.  It’s possible to print on those, but tough to see the lines.  Second, I like fussy-cutting the old-fashioned way, lining up my acrylic template and cutting around the exact spot I want.  (Speaking of, did you catch Sue Daley’s you tube video on fussy cutting?!  Brilliant tips in there!) And finally, I’m picturing this quilt evolving over several years.  I’ve got enough of the types of fabric I want in my stash to get started, but plan to seek out more.  I don’t want to get halfway finished with this quilt and have my printer die (like it did in the middle of my rainbow flowers quilt last year), and not be able to finish.  So we’ll see how this goes.  Now I’m off to start auditioning fabrics!

Happy Stitching!



  1. Karen says:

    Oh Emily I look so forward to seeing your version of POTC – I had thought about fussy cutting but just didn’t – some pieces ended up looking fussy but they actually weren’t it just turned out that way – funny how that happens at times. I have the yellowish copy of the Inklingo POTC book but not the blue copy – big difference?
    I look forward to seeing your version of the quilt!

    • Emily says:

      The blue book shows all the different quilts Lucy Boston made, including a dark bordered version of POTC. It doesn’t have any patterns, but it’s a delightful read, and very inspiring pictures.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Oh WOW!! This one is stunning! Must finish what I have already….must finish what I already have….so tempted to join you….and, knowing me, will follow your lead eventually 🙂 With this fantastic pattern and your flair for color choices, this quilt is going to be STUNNING!!!!

  3. Mona says:

    I have been searching for the piecing sequence for the POTC block. I have done one block but not sure if I’m doing it right.
    I have bought Linda Franz’s book but cannot find this info.
    I’d really appreciate your advice.
    Thanks, Mona

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