I finished up this quilt last week. I’d been working on it for quite a bit of time… It’s basically the quilt version of these placemats that are in Quilt Scene. The quilting took me forever and I have to admit – while I love the results, it’s hard to stay motivated to get this dense straight line quilting done. But now it’s finished and I couldn’t be happier with it!


The orange is a shot cotton and in person really adds to the quilt – those shot cottons are so pretty with the depth of color they have.

Intersections detail

Here’s a detail of the back… always easier to see the quilting on the back!

Intersections back detail

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  • Jan

    March 19, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply

    Awesome. Well worth all your efforts.

  • marion

    March 19, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply

    WOW!! That is beautiful 🙂 I LOVE your quilting!!!

  • Michele

    March 19, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply

    The quilting is amazing!

  • wendy

    March 19, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply

    I found your blog after buying your block party book and I’ve been hooked ever since. I have always quilted my quilts on my mom’s long arm, but saw you do yours on the machine and wanted to try it. I finished one this weekend and I copied your dense, straight lines. All I can say is that I love it more than words and I will NOT be doing it again for a long, long time. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to create!


    March 19, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply

    Stunning, of course. Curious? How did you keep yourself motivated? play music, listen to radio or TV in the background? Tnx Alissa

    • Alissa

      March 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply

      Thank you so much! And yes, it’s hard to stay motivated! I never watch TV when I’m sewing – it’s all about loud music for me. I managed to get this one mostly quilted at the LAMQG retreat which was perfect because there was lots of chatting going on while I could mindlessly quilt away… it still took a long time, but at least I was distracted! I find that allowing myself to stop when I’m not enjoying it anymore helps. And I just keep at it, bit by bit – even if it’s only in 30 minute increments here and there… I’m also VERY driven by the desire to see the finished results. That helps a lot! But I never make the same quilt twice for this reason – if I have already seen the finished results once, I don’t get that inspiration the next time around!

  • Cheryl Arkison

    March 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply

    Did you use a walking foot and turn constantly to do that? Or is it free motion? Curious minds want to know…

    • Alissa

      March 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply

      Hey Cheryl! I use my walking foot and turn and turn and turn. Hence the losing my mind as I try to finish it. Ha. I’ll openly say it: it’s NOT fun. But oh the results!!

  • Lynne

    March 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply

    Spectacular! SO worth the investment of time.
    Think you’ll keep this one?

  • Chris "frecklemama"

    March 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply

    Incredible quilting! Well done Alissa!

  • Patti

    March 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply

    Love everything about, but especially the gorgeous shot cotton! Complimented so beautifully with the grey.

  • jacquie

    March 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply

    had to comment…it’s freakin amazing. love it.

  • Jenny Pedigo

    March 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply

    This is so great!! Love the orange you used and the quilting is fantastic!

  • Cheryl

    March 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply

    Wow, so spectacular, Alissa!

  • Heather

    March 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply

    So incredibly gorgeous!!

  • Kit Lang

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 am | Reply

    This is really gorgeous Alissa!

  • Melissa

    March 20, 2012 at 4:18 am | Reply

    My Goodness Alissa! I thought Broken Paids was utterly amazing and now you trump it with this one…Hat off to you.. You are amazing!

  • Lisa

    March 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply

    Love it – just love it!

  • Susan

    March 21, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply

    Once again…AMAZING!!! I was planning on making the placemats but I really love the quilt version!!!

  • Erin

    March 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply

    I know how you feel,I have just finished my quilt very dense straight lines….it has taken me a good few weeks to finish. I love the finish though the straigh lines give.

  • Cinzia Allocca

    March 25, 2012 at 5:11 am | Reply

    This is amazing.I love the fresh take on orange and gray. The shot cotton is very nice. I’m just about to embark on a dense quilting project myself. It won’t be as ambitious as yours with lots of turns, but I’m curious to see the results it will give me.
    Love your work, it’s so inspiring!

  • Sheila

    April 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply

    This is very cool, and I like everyone else, love the quilting! 🙂

  • Sherri ~ daintytime

    April 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply

    Beautiful work. Congratulations on your book!

  • Bronwen

    April 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply

    Gorgeous colours and quilting. Simple is so stunning when done right. thanks for sharing.

  • lisa

    April 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply

    Your intersections quilt is amazing and would fit perfectly in my living room – I just painted bright orange stripes. Is there anyway I could get a tutorial for this.quilt? Also where do you buy your shot cotton. I don’t know that I have any stores near me that would sell it so I’d. Need to order it. Thank you so much…also I’m heading to the store.tomorrow to look for your modern and minimal book! Thanks!!-lisa

  • Perri

    June 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply

    WOW!!! I love the intersections quilt. Very graphic. Glad you put in the effort and thanks for sharing.

  • Kelly in Chicago

    September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply

    I love the lovely simplicity of this quilt (and the quilting itself is amazeballs!). I’ve pinned it to my “Quilty Goodness” board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you’d like:

  • Martha Cook

    November 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm | Reply

    Do you have a pattern for the large “intersections ” quilt available. Thank you. Beautiful. I quilted the straight stitches with the walking foot. Took forever and used lots of thread. Loved using Aurefil.. Loved the result as well.

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