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

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  • Leigh

    September 23, 2011 at 8:47 am | Reply

    Crosswalk quilt? 🙂

  • amorette

    September 23, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply

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

  • Carol

    September 23, 2011 at 8:53 am | Reply

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

  • Megan

    September 23, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply

    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!!

  • Amy Hodge

    September 23, 2011 at 8:58 am | Reply

    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 | Reply

      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.

  • Vicki W

    September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply

    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

  • Alexis

    September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply

    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”!)

  • Courtney

    September 23, 2011 at 9:12 am | Reply

    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!

  • Alisa

    September 23, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply

    My first thought was crossroads too!

  • Cristin

    September 23, 2011 at 9:30 am | Reply

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

  • Mara

    September 23, 2011 at 9:32 am | Reply

    This quilt is absolutely beautiful!

  • Ramona

    September 23, 2011 at 9:35 am | Reply

    that quilting is GORGEOUS! go you!!!

  • Jess

    September 23, 2011 at 9:36 am | Reply

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

  • Marianne

    September 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Reply

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

  • Michelle in NH

    September 23, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply

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

  • Liz

    September 23, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply

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

  • Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    September 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Reply

    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.

  • Chelsea

    September 23, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply

    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.

  • Manda

    September 23, 2011 at 10:52 am | Reply

    Great quilt! Love the quilting!

  • jen cook

    September 23, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply

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

  • Tobey

    September 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Reply

    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!!

  • charlotte

    September 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply

    “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!

  • Jennifer O.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Reply

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

  • Jenny

    September 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Reply

    I LOVE IT.

  • Flaun

    September 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply

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

  • Suzanne

    September 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply

    Under and Over maybe? Love the quilt.

  • marie ireland

    September 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply

    Yellow brick road was my immediate name. Love it!

  • Alli

    September 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply

    Your straight line quilting is amazing. I love it! 🙂

  • Melissa and Piper

    September 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply

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

  • Angie

    September 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply

    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”.

  • Ann

    September 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply

    Cross weave?

  • Kathleen

    September 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply

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

  • Karen

    September 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Reply


  • Carla

    September 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Reply

    Fabulous quilt!!!

  • Lisa

    September 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Reply

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

  • ♥Duff

    September 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Reply

    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 | Reply

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

  • Maureen from Ventura

    September 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Reply

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

  • ohjennymae

    September 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Reply

    over and under?

  • Theresa

    September 24, 2011 at 3:48 am | Reply

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

  • maman

    September 24, 2011 at 5:28 am | Reply

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


  • Tonni

    September 24, 2011 at 6:25 am | Reply

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

  • Allison

    September 24, 2011 at 6:54 am | Reply

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

  • Staci

    September 24, 2011 at 6:57 am | Reply

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

    • Staci

      September 24, 2011 at 6:58 am | Reply

      Don’t know why the comment split my word–

  • Anna

    September 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply

    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!

  • Mama Spark

    September 25, 2011 at 9:41 am | Reply

    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!

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color

    September 25, 2011 at 9:58 am | Reply

    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 | Reply

      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.

  • Cynthia Smith

    September 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Reply

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

  • Sarah D.

    September 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Reply

    Two down – Two across

  • Karen O

    September 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply

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

  • Mona Keegan

    September 26, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply

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

  • Dan R

    September 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply

    Love it!

    • Betty McNiel

      February 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply

      Love this! I agree with Crossroads as the name. The quilting is so fab from the back, and the color palette is beautiful too.

  • Rachel O.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply

    Crosshatch? Or it could be an 80’s throw(back) quilt – Kriss Kross.

  • Debbie R.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Reply

    It’s beautiful. Looks like CROSSROADS to me.

  • mamaark

    September 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Reply

    Okay, so the first thought I had was Crosshatch, and that was the first comment I saw too! I also like the idea of The Double Cross…
    Love the colours, the quilting, and the piecing.

  • Rhonda

    September 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Reply

    absolutely love this!

  • Brooke

    September 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Reply

    I love your concept of non-block based quilting. This took my breath away at first glance.

    …..And then I saw the back.

    Oh my. You have a winner there. Stunning!!

  • Helen

    September 28, 2011 at 1:45 am | Reply

    how about “around the block”??

  • Helen

    September 28, 2011 at 1:47 am | Reply

    also forgot to say this quilt looks pretty bl*#dy amazing! (sorry, its the aussie in me – don’t mean to be crude!)

  • Monica Lee

    October 1, 2011 at 5:25 am | Reply

    I love love love it! This is delightful. It looks “woven” so a name with weave or woven might fit! Woven Delight.

  • ann

    October 3, 2011 at 7:34 am | Reply

    I’m not one for naming quilts “just because”. My first thought was “who cares about the name – the quilt is FABULOUS!”

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