Another finished quilt!

Ok – so I have no clue what to name this one so if you have bright ideas please leave ‘em in the comments! This is the one I was starting back here


I have been leaning more and more on non-block based quilt designs but I also love to improv. piece so I have been thinking of ways to combine the two. I feel like this quilt is a good example of that. Personally, I love it.

Commission Detail

I quilted with dense straight lines (as usual – expect to see a whole lot more of this outta me – I’m loving it these days) and then less densely through the piecing. You can see the quilting really well on the back.

Commission Back

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

65 Responses to “Another finished quilt!”

  1. Leigh September 23, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Crosswalk quilt? :)

  2. amorette September 23, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    i was going to say crossroads, but i bet that is already taken. i love the subdued palette and the quilting. lovely work.

  3. Carol September 23, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    I’d name it, “Bright Ideas” just because of your explanation. I think it’s perfect!

  4. Megan September 23, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I like Leigh’s idea of ‘Crosswalk’. Sounds perfect to me.

    Also, this kinda reminds me of this quilt I’ve been working on.

    It’s a finished top now. Just got to find some time to make a back for it and then finish the whole thing up.

    thanks for the lovely inspiration!!

  5. Amy Hodge September 23, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Love the woven look, and the back is as stunning as the front. You should definitely keep up this quilting. I really love it. You must have a lot of patience to make all those turns! (Or do you do this with a free motion foot? In which case I would be wicked impressed at how straight your lines are!)

    • Alissa September 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      Hey Amy! Thanks so much- and nope – definitely not freemotion! I could never keep the lines straight like that with freemtion – it’s all done with my walking foot.

  6. Vicki W September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Crossroads is what first came to my mind too but here are a few others that might spark some ideas.
    Meeting of the Minds
    Nerve Center
    Bob and Weave
    Social Network

  7. Alexis September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    It SO reminds me of the herb garden my mum made when I was a child, it had yellow bricks in a herringbone pattern making an + through it with different herbs in each quarter, so I’d call it “herb garden” (“h” pronounce like in “proper English”!)

  8. Courtney September 23, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I tend to go with the sarcastic-fun style of naming so I was thinking something along the lines of…”Who Says You Can’t Mix Plaids and Stripes?”…heheh….LOVE this quilt!

  9. Alisa September 23, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    My first thought was crossroads too!

  10. Cristin September 23, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Its freaking awesome! I love the idea of non-block layouts…. so fresh and feels – free :-) Great colors too!

  11. Mara September 23, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    This quilt is absolutely beautiful!

  12. Ramona September 23, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    that quilting is GORGEOUS! go you!!!

  13. Jess September 23, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    School buses were the first thing that came to mind… so I guess crosswalk or crossroads are in the same vein! Nice quilt :)

  14. Marianne September 23, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    It’s so beautiful……I love everything about it.

  15. Michelle in NH September 23, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Exquisite quilting, color & piecing. The quilting really works to carry the design to the back.

  16. Liz September 23, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    First thing that came to mind was Crossroads. I love your quilt!

  17. Debbie-Esch House Quilts September 23, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Great quilt! I love the color palette and the way the pieced strips look woven. Love the straight line quilting too – I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that.

    I’m terrible with names so no amazing suggestions here.

  18. Chelsea September 23, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I love this one! As in love it so much I want to come to your house and steal it!

    As for a name, I keep thinking intersections or axis.

  19. Manda September 23, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Great quilt! Love the quilting!

  20. jen cook September 23, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Wow! It’s beautiful and creative Alissa. I like Courntey’s name suggestion. Here’s another..PREPOSITION

  21. Tobey September 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I like the name Cross Reference. I’m also in awe of your straight line stitching. Amazing work. I’m inspired to try it (maybe on a potholder, though, to begin with!!

  22. charlotte September 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    “Connected”…? Intertwined went through my mind as well. It reminds me of friendships, each person goes in their own direction, but they meet up to stay connected. Or “Parting Ways”…they started in the same spot but then left in different directions.
    Whatever the name, it is gorgeous!

  23. Jennifer O. September 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    The first thing that came to my mind was “intersections.” I love your colors and the texture!

  24. Jenny September 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I LOVE IT.

  25. Flaun September 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    “Woven Sunshine” was the first thing that popped into my head.

  26. Suzanne September 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Under and Over maybe? Love the quilt.

  27. marie ireland September 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Yellow brick road was my immediate name. Love it!

  28. Alli September 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Your straight line quilting is amazing. I love it! :)

  29. Melissa and Piper September 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    It’s awesome, of course. I love the quilting and the piecing of the neutrals. I can’t wait to see more! :)

  30. Angie September 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Your selection of calm, soothing colors, along with the “weave” pattern which provides a nice sense of balance makes me think you should call it “Mellow Yellow”.

  31. Ann September 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Cross weave?

  32. Kathleen September 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Lovely quilt. I thought “cross hatching” or “basket weave” but I like the other suggestions, too.

  33. Karen September 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm #


  34. Carla September 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Fabulous quilt!!!

  35. Lisa September 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    “Over, under, around and through” – maybe long for a quilt name but I like it. What a wonderful, inspiring quilt!

  36. ♥Duff September 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    it’s hard to believe that this is what came out of that solids stack. It looks amazing! what are the dimensions of this beauty?

    a name? I see everyone else likes crossroads–that works. Let’s see…
    Criss Cross Applesauce
    All Roads Lead Home
    Meet Me at the Square
    Stone’s Throw

    Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

    • Alissa September 25, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      Thank you! And the quilt measures about 56″ x 66″.

  37. Maureen from Ventura September 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    What a fantastic quilt! It really draws you in!! The quilting is stunning.

  38. ohjennymae September 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    over and under?

  39. Theresa September 24, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    I think it should be the embossed elements quilt! Love this one too.

  40. maman September 24, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    Beautiful. How about “interbeing” for a name? This is what everything is in the universe. (Yes, it will be in the dictionary soon)


  41. Tonni September 24, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    This is a beautiful quilt. I love the way you defined the solid areas with the straight line quilting.

  42. Allison September 24, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    I also love the title ‘crosswalk’… Great design and the quilting is awesome. Did you quilt it on the Janome? Walking foot?

  43. Staci September 24, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    This quilt is really stunning!
    How about I
    ntersection of Amazing and Awesomeness??

    • Staci September 24, 2011 at 6:58 am #

      Don’t know why the comment split my word–

  44. Anna September 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Wow, awesome! I especially like the back, actually. I always love your style of big improv pieces on the back, but the way the quilting brings the crosswalk design to the back is just great. It feels almost reversible to me. Wonderful!

  45. Mama Spark September 25, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I really like how this turned out. What about boardwalk? Or Planked? I thought Crosswalk too when I saw it but you do have all those planks in there. Nice job!

  46. Rachel at Stitched in Color September 25, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    I’m glad we’re going to keep seeing this kind of quilting from you, because it’s both different and fabulous! Now, when you did the quilting in the strips, did you start and stop over and over again, or did you turn the quilt after each line to make your way to the next short line? Either way sounds tedious to me, but that’s all I’m thinking of. Would love to know what works best for you.

    • Alissa September 25, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      Hi Rachel! I did not stop and start with each line (I would go bonkers!)… they are attached, so I would cross the piecing, stitch down (ten stitches) cross back, stitch down, cross back…So the stitching down between lines alternates sides of the piecing. Does that make sense? Every time I stitched down I made sure it was ten stitches to keep the lines across equidistant.

  47. Cynthia Smith September 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    All I can think of when I see your new quilt is “The Yellow Brick Road”. I am Matthew Smith’s mom.

  48. Sarah D. September 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Two down – Two across

  49. Karen O September 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    I haven’t read any other comments, but what crossed my mind right away was “Intersections”.

  50. Mona Keegan September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    This is absolutely amazing and beautiful. So encouraging to us who want to get out of the “quilting box”. Thanks so much for sharing.

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