It’s done! Finally done! Monday night at about midnight I took the final stitch, graded the final few seams and my version of Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses top was completed. That was far too late to try to get a decent picture of it so I decided to wait to post until today, after we got a good picture of it out on the roof garden yesterday afternoon. It’s about 65″ square. And it is, for now, named Colourful Crosspatch Quilt.
Would I have made this quilt without the Inklingo Patchwork of the Crosses collection? Not a chance! I’ve tried English Paper Piecing before and it is not for me. It’s so easy and quick to stitch with a simple running stitch with the perfect stitching lines and matching points Inklingo prints on the back of fabric and I know my stitches won’t show. No matter how well I matched thread colours and how tiny my whip stitches were, they weren’t invisible enough for me when I tried English Paper Piecing.
It was so easy and fun to fussy cut/print the shapes to get some different effects using striped fabrics that I even did a blog post on Fussy Cutting/Printing Patchwork of the Crosses shapes.
The only reason it took me so long to finish this quilt top was the cream fabric I chose for the connecting hexagons. It gives the effect I was aiming for so I’m pleased with how it looks, but oh how that painted-on stripe gave me fits trying to stitch it. This thimble was the only thing that saved my finger the last few weeks. Without it, I think my finger would have had a permanently embedded needle. And that cream fabric was making me rather cross, which is partially what gave rise to the quilt name.
A portion of the back of the quilt. This is how it looks after all the seams were graded and the final pressing was done.
I saved all the bits I clipped from the seams and they almost fill this Mason jar. I’m thinking I might use these as pincushion stuffing.
“Alien Buddy’s Pet Bird.”
This was a lucky shot of Baxter. I just happened to have the camera in my hand, turned on and pointed at him and snapped it just in time to catch this.