Patchwork of the Crosses–Finished

Lucy Boston–Patchwork of the Crosses

I am amazed that less than 4 months after I put Patchwork of the Crosses on the frame that I was taking it off and had it binded in 3 1/2 months after I started the quilting.  It is smaller than I would like – I realized after it had been on the frame for awhile that I might have mis-measured and I should have made the border larger.  After it was washed and dried it shrunk down to 86” x 89” a bit small for my queen size bed that has a deep mattress – BUT—it will fit the bed in the camper! I will still use it and of course it can be tossed on top for an extra covering in the middle of the winter in the house also.  I really don’t know how I measured wrong but I did.  440 hours of hand work on this baby!  140 hours to quilt it and 300 hours to piece it – yes on this one I kept track of time.  I made it using Inklingo which makes hand piecing a breeze.

As you can see it barely covers the mattress!  that is the sheet hanging over the edge and barely anything over the foot of the bed.  But I still love it!!


Puckers pretty on the side and the side hexies kind of puff up a little bit.


Here are some of the blocks close up





The back is a plain white muslin.  I used King Tut variegated thread in lively colors to match the piecing.


I rarely prewash my fabric unless it is red or indigo blue – that type of color (or dark batiks any color) – rarely ever have problems with this light of color batiks – but it is a good thing I threw in color catchers – no bleed onto the quilt but look at these – if I had not used them!  Started on the right side is the first two from the first wash – I washed 4 times and two catchers each time – I was satisfied with the last one.  On this screen I can’t tell but the last two were barely tinged blue and that was ok for me.


I am linking to Judy at Patchwork Times today for Design Wall Monday and also to A Quilting Reader’s Garden for the hexie link up – a give away is going on there also

(I am compensated for any purchases made through my links.)

40 comments… add one
  • Linda Mincher Jun 2, 2014

    The quilt turned out great. You do lovely work!

  • Vicki W Jun 2, 2014

    It turned out great!
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  • Rhonda Jun 2, 2014

    This is a beautiful quilt. Great job. It reminds me of a couple of my grandma’s quilts.
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  • Donna T Jun 2, 2014

    Beautiful Karen! You are a speed quilter! It would have taken me years to quilt!

  • Elaine Jun 2, 2014

    It is a beautiful quilt, a work of art. I would buy a sheet that matches the color of the border so there wouldn’t be too much of a contrast and use it on my bed. I would love seeing it every day.

  • Kat Scribner Jun 2, 2014

    OMGosh, hand pieced and hand quilted. Amazing. What a beautiful piece.

  • Lea Anne Jun 2, 2014

    That’s an heirloom! Just outstanding…in awe of your talent.

  • Ramona Jun 2, 2014

    Gorgeous! Just gorgeous. And all made by hand. What a treasure!
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  • Jan O Jun 2, 2014

    Beautiful! All that hand work – you should be very proud, such a lovely accomplishment!
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  • Kathy ... aka Nana Jun 2, 2014

    Yay for Color Catchers! I usually prewash and even then I toss in a Color Catcher or two when I wash them after I’m done quilting. I just love how your POTC turned out … it’s just fabulous!!
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  • Nedra Jun 2, 2014

    Congratulations! That is my most favorite quilt out of all that you have made. Love the design. Love the colors. Love your hand quilting. Fabulous!
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  • Sophie Jun 2, 2014

    What a lovely finish … and so fast! I cannot even imagine hand quilting and binding a quilt so quickly.
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  • Dorothy Schreyer Jun 2, 2014

    LOVE your quilt! The colors are beautiful! Even if it isn’t as big as you would like, it is a treasure!

  • Marcia Ahlbrand Jun 2, 2014

    Beautiful! I am going to start a POTC soon and seeing this, I can’t wait!!

  • Claudette Booker Jun 2, 2014

    Karen, you must be the Wonder Woman of quilting! Beautiful quilt and quilting

  • Emily Breclaw Jun 2, 2014

    Congratulations on another spectacular finish!!
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  • Sue H Jun 2, 2014

    Wow, this is just gorgeous. I love it when washed quilts crinkle up.

  • Liz Jun 2, 2014

    Gorgeous, love love love it.
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  • Angie in SoCal Jun 2, 2014

    It’s gorgeous, Karen! I don’t think it’s too small at all. You could if you wanted put a white or teal ruffle. I’ll have to look into Linda’s Inklingo. I invite you to link to Hexie Weekend. We love all kinds of eye candy.
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  • wendy Jun 2, 2014

    what a wonderful finish, and so, so quickly considering it’s hand pieced and hand quilted! I spy some Bonne and Camille in there…
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  • Karen Jun 2, 2014

    thank you , thank you everyone – I was away from my computer a bit this morning and now there are too many to say thank you to individually!

  • Mary L Jun 2, 2014

    This is one of my favorites. I also never pre-wash and swear by Color Catchers. Love the look of the quilts after they shrink up. Another heirloom.

  • audrey Jun 2, 2014

    Fabulous job Karen! This quilt is so very special. Love how it looks after being washed and dried.:)

  • Kris S Jun 2, 2014

    Really lovely quilt. I have seen many people working on blocks, but yours is the first finished quilt I have seen. The border is so neat.

  • Vivian Jun 2, 2014

    Looks great! I love the look of hand quilting.
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  • Thimbleanna Jun 2, 2014

    It’s BEAUTIFUL Karen! What a wonderful achievement!!!

  • Victoria Jun 2, 2014

    Congratulations Karen for your last finished quilt!
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  • Hilda Jun 2, 2014

    Congratulations Karen! Such a huge effort and the quilting is wonderful. Nice to see how well those colour catchers do their job.
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  • Cathi Jun 2, 2014

    Congratulations! What a fabulous accomplishment!
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  • sue Jun 2, 2014

    wow, what an incredible finish! Oh my, those color catchers made my heart skip a beat! I don’t pre-wash either, and I think I would have cried if I were you. But it’s great that all worked out and I’ll have to remember to keep washing next time that happens to me. Congrats on such a wonderful finish, I really have enjoyed watching the journey of this one.
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  • Debra Jun 2, 2014

    Beautiful Lucy Boston finish!! Congratulations!!

  • ria Jun 3, 2014

    It’s absolutely stunning, Karen!! So beautiful!
    Love the colours and the handquiting is so lovely done!
    This one really goes on my WIM-list (Want It Myself-list…).
    Enjoy the feeling (AND the look!) of a finished BEAUTY!
    Love, Ria.
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  • Deb Jun 3, 2014

    It looks absolutely wonderful! : )
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  • Lorie Bugaiski Jun 3, 2014

    Beautiful quilt! Love it great job!

  • Jan Jun 3, 2014

    It looks gorgeous! Beautiful!
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  • Carla Jun 3, 2014

    Karen, Love it! You really got it quilted quickly!

  • Marianne Jun 3, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful, regardless of size!

  • Lin Marsh Jun 3, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful! YAY for color catchers. I’d really like to know how they work. Good thinking to just keep washing until they came out clear.
    I bet you could just kick yourself for the measuring oops.
    But it looks great. Camper beds are good for something! Even if they *say* it’s a queen size bed, it doesn’t measure the same.
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  • Quilter Kathy Jun 4, 2014

    Congratulations! What a great finish! It looks terrific on the bed!
    It’s amazing how those color catchers work!
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  • Kate Jun 7, 2014

    Beautiful quilt! Congrats on the finish!
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