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Crossword Quilt

Posted September 12, 2012 in Advice Column, Greene County

Do you need an easy quilt to make for a special occasion? Why not make a quilt with simple squares and insert some names or words to personalize it?

First, decide on the size of blocks you want to make. Six-, seven- or eight-inch blocks work well, but you could go bigger or smaller. Make a grid on graph paper to plan how many rows and columns you will have. Now plug in the words that you want. Don’t try to fit too many words on your quilt. Four or five simple words are enough.

Some suggestions are:
•    First names of family members
•    Activities such as sports, music, dance
•    Holidays: Merry Christmas, Peace, Joy, Believe, Noel, etc.
•    Boo! Spook, Halloween, Fright, Eeek, Trick or Treat
•    First names of several best friends
•    First names of team members
•    New baby’s name, birth date, and birth statistics
•    Grandchildren’s names
•    Animals (farm or zoo)
•    Words from the Bible
•    Games (Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, Yahtzee)
•    Fishing or hunting qords
•    Patriotic

Coordinate your fabric choices with the theme you have chosen. For example, find some cute farm animal prints for the animal quilt, use Christmas prints for the holiday quilt, use sports motifs in the activities quilt.

In my sample, I used 8-inch blocks with seven blocks across and nine blocks down for a total of 63 blocks. The quilt size before borders was 56” x 72”. To make it bigger, add the two borders. The first border is 1 inch wide and the second blue border is 6 inches wide for a total size of 70” x 86”.

An easy way to do the letters is to use your computer. Select a font you like and enlarge to the size you need for your block. Mirror image the letter, then print the letter onto the paper side of a fusible adhesive sheet. These Print-n-Fuse sheets can by run through a standard inkjet printer. No tracing required. You can find these sheets in quilt shops or craft departments.

You can then press the fusible sheet onto the wrong side of your fabric, cut out the letter, peel off the paper and iron it to your block. Stitch around the letter using a machine satin stitch or blanket stitch. Letters could also be stitched by hand.

Sew your blocks together, add borders if desired and quilt. You’ve created a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift
that the recipient will love.

Information provided by Suzanne Sievers, The Stitch, 217 E. Lincolnway, Jefferson, 515-386-2014.

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