A Friday Finish: Criss Cross Applesauce

It’s finally finished…Presenting:  Criss Cross Applesauce!!


I started quite awhile ago, probably about the time that Bonnie Hunter first published her book, Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green, as it was one of the first quilts I cut out after getting the book.  I love this book!!

I LOVE the quilt.

Here is a picture of it before I had it bound.  I said something to our daughter, Kalissa that the quilt was so soft and cuddly.  She immediately grabbed it and tested it out.  We both agree…it is the softest quilt EVER!!  I think it’s because I used recycled shirts for the front and back was a recycled dew-vay (I have no idea how to spell that and spell check is no help) cover..and I also used Hobbs 80/20 for the batting.  It drapes and is SO-SO soft.  The quilt feels like we have had it for forever.  I wish you could just touch it.

I debated a lot on the binding.  I started out thinking green recycled shirts..then I tried blue and then I thought-dah…use red.  I didn’t have enough red shirts in my stash for binding so I found some fabric.  I started with red-red and ended up with a burgundy type red.


You can see Ruby’s incision if you look at her belly.  We have to go to the vet to get the staples out today.

For the quilting I ended trying something that I never thought I would be able to do, The Pajama Quilter’s Wonky Feathers.  It was so fun!!  I will definitely be doing this again and again.  I think I was just scared to try it before as it had the word “feathers” in the design name…and feathers are notoriously complicated.  It was actually very do-able.


I used a greenish-gray thread on the top and a gray thread on the backing.


Remember back when I was working on this I accidentally made some “x” blocks and debated if I should put them in the quilt or not and asked for advice…well lookie, lookie, what I did.  I accidentally put one in the quilt.  I didn’t notice it until I had the quilt finished.  I am calling in my humble block.


I am keeping this quilt.  It’s just too soft and cuddly.  When I was little I had a blanket that I called my “cold-blankie”.  It felt almost cool to me in the summer as it was so soft.  This reminds me of it.

Please take a moment to read about our effort to collect quilts for the West, Texas people.  Maybe you can help.

Today, I am hooking up with……Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays and Crazy Mom Quilts.


36 thoughts on “A Friday Finish: Criss Cross Applesauce”

  1. Jo, I love it. I am about half cut out for this one. I have used greens from my stash because I need to use stuff up and the shirts I have are all browns, blues etc. I was really surprised how quick the blocks were to make. The quilting looks great. I am hoping to get a go on my grace frame and janome 1600p this weekend. My criss cross applesauce will get quilted on there when I get the hang of it. I think mine may end up being a christmas quilt to go on the back of one of our sofas. Bonnie’s patterns are so addictive. Glad liil ruby’s bellie is healing nicely. My dog mojo is sending her kisses from the uk x

  2. I think its duvet… BTW completely in love with that biscuit quilt u made! I am taking it with me to have newborn photos taken with it… I will have to give u some so u can post them! Sooo excited she will be here any day!

  3. The correct spelling that you are looking for is duvet (seems like it might be french, don’t you think). You did a great phonetic spelling!
    I’m a great Bonnie Hunter fan also, and have made many of her patterns, the mysteries especially. And I have all her books, and one of my favorites to be made is criss cross applesauce! Love and am inspired by your blog. My DH grew up with Beagle Babies, so I relay about Ruby to him.

  4. Jo, your quilt is gorgeous!!! I’m still trying to catch up on UFO’s and Easy Street and then that might be my next quilt. Glad to see Ruby posing for pictures again. She’s so cute!

  5. The quilt turned out beautiful! I love the used shirts. You can almost feel how soft it is from the pictures. I had to laugh…we had cold blankies in our house when we were little too!! Glad to see Ruby modeling again.

  6. It turned out beautiful. The red really makes it “pop”. Glad Ruby is doing well. Can’t wait to see your next project.

  7. Love it! It looks like an old favorite even though it’s new! Mailed a quilt top to you yesterday. I hope it will work out for the people of West!

  8. The quilt and its quilting look great. The feather quilting is most appropriate because duvet means “down.” The word has come to refer not only to the feathers (“duvet d’oie” means goosedown) but also to a down-filled comforter.

    I remember trying to explain to a hotel maid that we couldn’t have down pillows. (DH is allergic.) English was not her first language. “No down,” I said. “Not up?” she asked, puzzled. “No feathers!” I clarified. “Oh!” she replied, and provided the polyfill version.

  9. Ruby and Kalissa make the perfect quilt models! I’ve been watching your progress on this quilt and I’m over the moon that you have it finished and that it is well on it’s way to becoming a family treasure. It’s fabulous and the reds are the perfect finishing touch for the binding.

  10. I liked the wonky feathers that you quilted on this. I’ve heard you mention Pajama Quilter before, but I liked the quilting on this quilt so much that I just had to hunt down and buy her DVD. Thanks!


  11. Criss cross applesauce envy going on here. :). It looks wonderful! Love Cozy-Cozy quilts. I’m hoping to order one of Bonnies books in the near future! I am working on one of her free patterns Smokey Mountain stars now. Thanks for sharing. Janita

  12. Way to go on the quilting for this one! The videos are sold out on her page,but it sounds like a winner! lol

    I love that you repurposed old shirts! Stunning!

  13. What a terrific quilt,you did a super job with the quilting on it,does not even look like Wonky Feathers at all,looks like wonderful fluffy feathers.Now I must get that book and the Pajama Quilter too.Ruby might like that quilt too she looks like a good snuggler.May,Michigan

  14. I love your quilt! I am going to have to buy that book, you enabler you – tee hee.

    I had to laugh at your “cold blankie” because my son had a blankie that he called “cold blankie” too. During the summer, he would actually put it in the refrigerator to get it even cooler. I never thought I would hear about someone else who called their blanket the same thing. So funny!

  15. I also love the quilt. Love the reds in the middle of each block. Looks like everything is good today at your house.

  16. Pat C in Washingon

    I LOVE finding duvet covers at Value Village or the Goodwill – usually they’re reversible so you get two-for-one to use for quilt backs! Your Criss Cross Applesauce is beautiful and is one of the many pages I have marked in my copy of Bonnie’s book to do “someday”!

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