Lucy Boston–Patchwork of the Crosses

Sunny Days is machine quilted and I must say I am pleased with it, I think it is the best machine quilting that I have done.  I worked several hours on this quilt Wednesday to finish it up and got it washed yesterday morning.  I really didn’t run into too many problems with it, it shrunk up nicely in the washer and dryer and you really, really have to look for the couple puckers that I know are in it.  Slow and steady – I marked the lines and managed to stay straight, the area that gave me the most problems was stitching around the flower petals but they were good enough that I didn’t even think of redoing any of it.

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Trying to get stitching and depth to show up sometimes is hard to do so this is from an angle.

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I put just a little hand quilting in this quilt on the flowers for the accents on the petals.

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I used Hobb’s Heirloom 80/20 batting – I meant to get the 100% cotton but order the 80/20 by mistake but I’m very pleased with it, soft and cuddly, it quilted very easily and shrunk up a little bit for that look I always like.  This fabric on the back is from Connecting Threads – very much on sale about $3 a yard I think.

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I have six labels gathered up now since late last year waiting for me to put them on the quilts – are you slow like that with labels?  I used to be so good with it and now I never get around to them.

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I went to quilt group last night and brought Patchwork of the Crosses along to share and managed to get it next to the stage so I could stand above to take a photo.  I will post more photos from quilt group tomorrow – I got quite a few.  I am linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Whoop, Whoop Friday if you want to wander through and see all the quilts and things.

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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!!

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

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Here are some of the blocks close up

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

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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.

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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

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I woke up Friday morning with a bad headache and by 8:30 I knew I wasn’t going to the quilt group – I wasn’t even out of my pj’s yet!  But happy to report the headache was gone later in the day and I was able to get moving around and do some quilting!  I don’t really try that hard to get to Friday morning quilting anymore – usually only 4 or 5 of us show up and sometimes I am the only one that even brings something to work on that is related to quilting – what kind of quilt group is that Sad smile    I’m not really that close with any of the women that go to the morning group.  More and more I think instead of going every Friday morning I might trim this one down to every other week and start to try to remember to go to the first Thursday night of the month group instead– different group of people (although I am not really close to any of them either!).  – I think I am not a group person LOL.

This is what yesterday looked like once again: off and on rain – at least it was more off than on.

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More binding was stitched on Patchwork of the Crosses but I didn’t really work on it all that much – almost done with two sides.

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Sunny Days is coming along!  Still a bit of work to do but no mishaps – just never feel like sitting at the machine for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a time.  I think I have about 5 more strips to do going down and then I need to do the strips at the top and bottom – shown sideways in this photo.  This quilt is feel very soft and cuddly – I think this is going to be the first machine quilted quilt that I will be really happy with if it continues this way.

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This is the area I quilted Thursday night on “Insanity Revisited”  I’m pleased with the triangles – simple but yet fills the space.  Some of these blocks/triangles have so many pieces in them that it is hard to design what to quilt until I get into the area – each block/triangle will be quilted to suit the design.  I put in plenty of quilting as there are so many pieces you never know if something well fray and this way it will stay together until I can fix it LOL.

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This is the next area to work on.  I don’t know if I will stick to the same type of schedule that I actually stuck to with POTC – I spent the last almost 4 months quilting more than piecing and there are projects to get finished that haven’t had a lot of work put into them since last year and there are more projects that I want to get started on – somehow I just never spend much day time hours sewing and do more of that in the evening.  I tend to do more machine work off and on in the daytime so that explains the little bit of progress on Sunny Days!  Binding is being stitched with the watching/listening to the dreadable evening news.

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When do you do most of your sewing? I used to watch more tv then I do now and find I sewed more then in the daytime – I don’t like listening to books – I need to read them (I tend to flip back and forth a lot when reading and can never find the right place on audio) and I don’t just sit and listen to music while I sew.  I have gone through so many series on Netflix that I am at a lost at what to watch next while I quilt in the evening.

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Do you ever have those days at the sewing machine where you regret that you sat down in front of it?  Mine was one of those days – but the binding is now on Patchwork of the Crosses and I can sit and enjoy the hand stitching part of it!  Mostly it was I just wasn’t in a sewing machine mood today – but I told myself to sit and sew and that was most likely my problem.  Puckers, seam on binding landing in corner and needed to be fixed – running out of bobbin thread and not realizing it for about 18 inches didn’t help LOL.  Do not sit and sew at the machine if you do not feel like – it is bound to give you a headache and ruin part of your day with frustration!

But the binding is on and one side is almost all the way hand stitched in place.  I will be working on this off and on all week.

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Someone had said they would miss the aqua color – it isn’t all used up yet!  Way back about 5 years ago  make that about 6 years or more ago – I just looked at the link and I finished it in 2009  – I fell in love with these two aqua colors and meant to use it all up in a two color queen size quilt that ended up being a Christmas table topper LOL – do you remember the reverse applique quilt called Dutch Treat?  (4 inch finished blocks)  Well I started it and lost interest in it – possibly because I was working the Dear Jane at the same time?  Or because for that particular project I didn’t like how the colors looked and I was having difficulty working with those little pieces!!?  Well I had ordered a bolt of each color on a very good sale (like $5 a yard) – glad I did as I have been using it little by little and this is what is left of those bolts – not a whole lot left.

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Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited – I have gotten one corner done – the outside edge that is quilted is actually my cut here line for when I do the binding – I basted the outline of the scallops down – but because I was in hand quilting mode I took tiny stitches instead of big stitches.

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This much of the scallops done – and will continue to work on the scallops and the other corner and then roll it down so I can reach better – the first corner I was reaching too much but I wanted it complete.

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And yes later in the day I got out of my sewing machine funk and did a couple more rows of the Sunny Days quilt.    Maybe three more strips?  Something like that – it will get done one of these days!

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Patchwork of the Crosses was finished Sunday night – I quilted longer than I normally do at one sitting because I was getting so close to a finish – I just kept going even though I had told myself that I wasn’t going to I found myself finishing up at 10:30 PM – now to make some binding this week and finish it up.  I quilted this one faster than I normally do – it is amazing how quickly it can be done if you steadily quilt about 1 to 2 hours an evening almost all the time – 3 and a half months it took 140 hours – much less than it did to make the top which was closer to 300 hours if I remember right (hand pieced)!!  Wow I surprised myself.  I will spread it out and take more photos after the binding gets on it and it is washed and crinkly looking.  I am linking to Freemotion by the River today.

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What the backing looks like – just plain muslin and the stitches show up nice with the variegated thread I used.

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And then yesterday the quilting frame was pulled out from the wall and the second Dear Jane quilt “Insanity Revisited”  was put on.  Over all about 2 hours of work with lots of breaks!  One day I really need to clean out below the frame – I keep saying that and it doesn’t get done.  Now can I quilt this one as fast and keep on a roll?  I have one quilt top waiting in line to be quilted – “Granny’s Got Style” I wonder how many more I can get finished before this one is taken off of the frame.  Possibly Diamonds are Forever or Floral Fantasy – maybe both! that would be nice to get those two done.

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Ready for work to begin.

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But little work on the quilting got done – a beautiful day outside and a lot of reading took place instead.  My beautiful roses – just love these.

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Patchwork of the Crosses is coming to an end – I think I will miss it although we all know there is another waiting in line to take it’s place.   This much of the border left to do – some will have got done last night but I do not think I will have finished it all – (I wrote this last night and scheduled so we will see – I’m I finishing it tonight – Monday?)  After I get the Dear Jane quilt on the frame I might actually take a break from hand quilting for a week and rest the fingers and work on the hexagons instead.  A little break from the hand quilting frame?  I am linking to Judy at Patchwork Times today.

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I got more mini tumblers cut out but I haven’t been working hard on it and have many, many more to go!  So far 300 prints and 300 solids – 1,052 more of each needed.  I really need to get busy and finish the hexagon quilt Diamonds are Forever before I get busy on this one but I know I will be working on two at once so I won’t even say I will wait to start.

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Nine strips done on Sunny Days – it is actually looking pretty good – no more problems, all has been going smoothly – I just don’t like to sit and work on it for more than 20 or 30 minutes and then I’m back up wandering outside or doing something else.  The lines are staying straight (I’m trying harder) and no puckers on the back side, stitches are staying right – no tension problems – knock wood – hope it continues!  Can’t say I will ever enjoy machine work though – much rather have the hand work.

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I spent quite a bit of time out on the porch this past weekend – it was so nice outside – in fact as I write this it is 7PM Sunday night and I think I’m getting off the computer and going back outside for an hour before I start quilting for an hour or so – hope you all have had a good weekend.

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