Finished Quilt – Earning Your Cross

I’m so excited to share with you my biggest quilt finish to date!  This quilt finished at a full-sized 80″ by 88″ and I sewed and quilting the entire thing on my little domestic machine!

Cross / Plus Quilt, red, white, and blue

“Earning Your Cross”
Quilt Stats:
Size: 80″ x 88″
Pattern: Arithmetic by Jeni Baker
Type of Quilting: Straight line on my home machine
Date Finished: June 2014

This quilt took a lot longer than anticipated to finish but I’m so proud of the end result.  Some of you may remember from when I first posted about this quilt back in December that this quilt was a gift to my little brother to commemorate him achieving his dream job, earning his Ski Patrol cross and becoming a full-fledged member of the Ski Patrol at Snowbird resort in Utah!

Cross / Plus Quilt, red, white, and blue

Cross / Plus Quilt, straight line quilting

I love the fabrics I chose for this quilt!  The colors are just so bright and they really pop.  And I was really happy to see the the red still stands out within the quilt (since the Ski Patrol members are denoted by their red ski coats).  I also used a wide 108″ fabric for the backing for the first time and it was so nice to not have to piece anything together and have seams across the back of the quilt.

Cross / Plus Quilt, red, white, and blue

Cross / Plus Quilt, red, white, and blue

I quilted this quilt with both vertical and horizontal straight lines on either side of all of the seams.  I think it helps the crosses (pluses) to stand out.  And the stitching on the back looks really neat!  I used a red variegated thread so you can really see it against the gray backing!  This quilt was a lot of bulk to support and fit through my small domestic machine but I found that rolling the quilt in from either side allowed me to fit everything through more easily and I could adjust the two rolls as I moved along the quilt top.

Cross / Plus Quilt, red, white, and blue

Cross / Plus Quilt, straight line quilting

I love the label I made for this quilt too!  I actually appliqued a miniature cross onto the label which is just a little something extra compared to what I’ve done previously.  And the bias striped binding was a great finishing touch!

Cross / Plus Quilt, label

I actually finished this quilt top back in February and started quilting it then too (note the date on my label above).  But after quilting 6 very wonky lines with uneven stitches and folds of my backing fabric caught in the quilting stitches, I was crying at my sewing machine about how I was ruining the quilt and my husband (rightfully!) told me I needed to step away from it for awhile and regroup.

Cross / Plus Quilt, red, white, and blue

I ended up staying away from it for longer than planned as I got caught up in other projects.  But once I figured out a better system for supporting the weight and bulk of the large quilt, the quilting became much easier and I was able to finish it without any further issues or tears!  That said, the quilting alone still took me at least 16 or 18 hours!  I did rip out 4 out of those 6 original lines of quilting and fixed them too!

Cross / Plus Quilt, red, white, and blue

I finished this quilt late Friday night which was just in time because my husband and I were going up to Indiana for the weekend for a couple of family events.  My brother was going to be home from Utah too so I was actually able to surprise him with his (long-overdue) quilt in person!

Cross, Plus Quilt - Side by Side

I could tell he really liked it and he even ditched the hotel comforter to cuddle up underneath his new quilt instead!  I can’t wait for him to send me pictures of the quilt on his full-sized bed out in Utah!

Cross / Plus Quilt, red, white, and blue

Looks like a happy little brother to me!  (And a proud big sister behind the camera!)


23 thoughts on “Finished Quilt – Earning Your Cross

  1. How awesome! It turned out great – the quilting does really reinforce the crosses. I love when things come together like they did for you and this quilt in the end. So wonderful to be able to gift it to him in person!

  2. Oh the trials and tribulations of quilting! Glad your husband encouraged you to step away…sometimes we get too caught up in the trenches. It looks wonderful!

  3. The quilting can be cumbersome at times. I find that with the bigger quilts I get sort of bored of the quilting process. You did a great job tho. Love the colors that you used and the story or meaning behind the quilt. Love the background on your pictures too. So pretty.

    • Thanks! I use the printable t-shirt transfers to make all my labels. I can design it on the computer, print it on the transfer paper (reversing the image first) and then iron it on to a piece of white fabric to applique it to the quilt back. It really allows you to use fun images on your labels!

      For this quilt, I only used the t-shirt transfers for the text and then appliqued on the fabric cross but I frequently include an image on the transfer paper too!

  4. Love this quilt! I’m working on a big quilt right now too…still making blocks and not really looking forward to the quilting but one stitch at a time is the way to go!

  5. I am thoroughly impressed by your quilt. Beautiful colors, beautiful quilting and it’s BIG!
    Thank you for explaining how to do labels. Sounds very doable.

  6. Love it! Wow! I cannot believe you quilted that on your home machine! I have a twin sized quilt that I still have quilted because I am so chicken! I may have to use you as an inspiration to make a stab at it!

  7. What an amazing quilt! So big and sew beautiful! Your colour and fabric choices are all spot on. Congratulations on conquering this beast with the quilting. That is an intense amount of straight lines and you did it! Bravo!!!

  8. Lovely finish Kim! 🙂 I just adore cross/plus quilts! You did a fantastic job! Just wanted to let you know your quilt was featured on the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and linking up!


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