Stitch & Bobbin Quilt Review

Thursday, May 20, 2021

 Review by: Ria

Quilting has definitely been my therapy during the past year of stay-at-home-nonsense so I was thrilled to be offered the chance to do a review of the Cross Stitched Quilt Kit by Running Doe Quilts for Villa RosaDesigns . Yessssssss please!!

The packaged kit includes a panel, white fabric and 8 fat quarters in cheery colors, which are perfect for brightening a bed or a mood! The colors remind me of the tropical islands, where each building is painted a fun, summery shade. I am normally slightly afraid of white fabric but the colored “X” and printed blocks offset it enough that it didn’t seem quite as scary! The kit includes all the fabrics for quilt top and binding. One of the pieces in the kit is this fun printed panel that you sub-cut into 10.5 inch squares. I loved the positive message printed on the selvage!

For the quilt backing, I used some vintage purple fabric from my Gramma’s stash and pieced leftovers of the fat quarters from the front of the quilt. There was PLENTY of fabric left over after completing the top and I was still able to add a bunch of this bright fabric to my scrap stash! (I also saved and sewed all my cut-off corners from the X blocks into half-square triangles and will use these in ANOTHER project!)

Even though I consider myself to be an experienced quilter, this kit was still very enjoyable to put together and is a simple, beginner pattern which can be completed by all skill levels. The main “X” blocks are made with the stitch-and-flip technique and the blocks can be completed quickly with chain piecing. The directions were clear and easy to follow, and small diagrams are also included on the glossy instruction card. The quilt finishes at a generous 50” x 60”, making it a great throw or couch blanket.

Since I don’t often attempt to quilt anything bigger than a toddler-sized quilt on my small home sewing machine and I knew this quilt needed a playful design, I decided to take it to my local long-arm quilter . After browsing all the fun designs, I decided on a bee and flower design. If you don’t have easy access to long -arm quilting services, this would be a great design to use stitch-in-the-ditch or straight line quilting.

Be sure to swing by the Stitch & Bobbin store or website for all your quilting and sewing needs!

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