By: Karen at Quilts… etc
I finished this quilt last month or so and never got around to posting it. I had posted on the celebrate hand quilting facebook page but not here on the blog.
Patchwork of the Crosses or referred to as most by POTC was an Inklingo project for me – if you have not heard of Inklingo you should check it out at the top of that page are numerous categories that explain it all – let me just shorten it by saying for POTC instead of English Paper Piecing I hand pieced this quilt with templates that I printed directly onto fabric. Here is my box back at the beginning of the project. (let me add that if you want to EPP that is your choice of course it just isn’t for me – with Inklingo you can print your templates to stiff paper and EPP or you can machine stitch part of it if you wish and do some by hand – it is very versatile.) ( I should mention that I am a satisfied customer - I get no compensation for mentioning Inklingo)
The quilt took me about a year of hand piecing while making various other quilts of course! After I made about 6 blocks I contemplated only making a baby quilt but quilters quickly encouraged me to keep making it larger – I did – I would work on it a little here and a little there and it grew and grew.
I have a three piece tutorial on how to hand piece the blocks here. It really is quite easy once you get going. Block by block this quilt came together – I used scraps and a white background – here it is in progress laying on the floor.
By the end of 2012 I was piecing the blocks together with the connecting colors and it was growing and I was enjoying it.
In March of 2013 it was this big.
By August of 2013 I was working on a border – I put my own design on for a border not the one that was included in the book.
Here it is on the quilting frame at the beginning of 2014
Close up of how I quilted the blocks.
And here it is finished in May of 2014. 3,636 pieces of fabric! 300 hours hand piecing and 140 hours to hand quilt it. Believe me I was very glad that I decided to expand it from a baby quilt to large quilt. I will enjoy this one for years to come. (the hours worked are estimated by checking time on 1 block and then multiplying by number of blocks, border was estimated)
To me with quilting I love taking my time, I love hand piecing and hand quilting – I do not believe in making a quilt in a weekend – no enjoyment in rushing it!