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!
“Earning Your Cross”
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Looks like a happy little brother to me! (And a proud big sister behind the camera!)