Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt yesterday (finally)! When I stitch on the last of the binding, I looked at the weather for the next day and saw that it was going to be 60 degrees…in February…in Chicago! Perfect for quilt photos, amiright? Of course I neglected to take into account the 25 mile per hour winds and the great snow melt, which meant sinking into an inch of mud. By some miracle, the quilt did *not* blow off the barn and into the messiness.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is for my daughter, and she chose a hot pink minky for the back. Pretty much, unless it’s a summertime bed quilt, my kids will pick a minky backing 100% of the time. My husband too. I get a lot of comments and emails about how to baste and quilt with minky. I know it can be stretchy and messy and slippery. I use the same basting technique (tutorial here) that I use with all my other quilts and have great success.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really love the low volume scrappy background paired with the bright colors. Cutting out the fabrics when I go this scrappy does take longer, but I think the effort is very well worth it in the end.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a scrappy assortment of pinks. For the quilting, I decided on a wider spaced meandering than usual. I wanted the quilt to be super cozy and have a nice drape. The final quilt measures 56″ x 48″.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Off to put it away in my daughter’s room and let her be surprised when she gets home from school!



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    Anne Beier

    February 19, 2016

    She will be happily surprised for sure, when she comes home.
    Beautiful work.

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    February 19, 2016

    What a nice surprise for your daughter to find when she gets home from school! I love that minky backing and the colors are so vibrant on the front. Thank you for all the tutorials. You are so kind to share all your talents with us! Have a nice weekend and enjoy the warm sunshine…

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    February 19, 2016

    I am so glad your quilt/your daughter’s quilt did not fall in the mud!. i would have been very nervous. That being said, the quilt looks very cozy and perfect for a kid who likes pink. I like the quietness of the quilt when you look at it from afar. then when you get close it explodes with color. Lovelly.

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    February 19, 2016

    I love it! I am so excited for your daughter. Thank you for sharing this beauty. I want to make one now.

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    February 19, 2016

    Beautiful quilt – especially the scrappi-ness! And minky backing? My son is the same way about loving anything soft.

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    Barbara Macey

    February 19, 2016

    Faith, have you used “Pinmores” that Leah Day introduced? I am on the brink of purchasing because of 2 fused fingers which makes opening & closing pins very hard. The “Pinmores” might simplify the process.

    Just curious. Thank you ever so much.

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    Liz Fong

    February 19, 2016

    Your quilt is beautiful. I enjoy your quilts and love reading your blog.

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    February 19, 2016

    Beautiful – I love it. I’m going to use Minky on a Comfort quilt
    for cancer patient. It is so soft and cuddly.

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    Jane Franks

    February 19, 2016


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    Kim B.

    February 19, 2016

    It’s really beautiful and your daughter is lucky to be so loved!

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    February 19, 2016

    Faith, this is a wonderful quilt, and I love the bright colors and minky on the back. I remember a February in Chicago many years ago when I could hardly stay on my feet while on Lake Shore Drive–and today saw people having the same problem in the Windy City on the Weather Channel. So glad your quilt didn’t end up flying into the Lake 🙂

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    Anja Clyke

    February 19, 2016

    Great finish! I love that bright pink backing.

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    February 19, 2016

    This quilt is mesmerizing. I love the pattern, the many secondary patterns, and your choices of fabric that highlight them all.

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    February 20, 2016

    I am going to try your basting tutorial with some Minky….the last time I tried to sew with it there was a lot of cursing!!!! But my daughter always wants something “soft” for the backing…Thanks for the ideas!

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    Diane Beavers

    February 20, 2016

    Faith, I knew this quilt would be a beauty! Thank you for the history on Crosses and Losses. The scrappy low volume backing really does play well w/the boldness of the pinks and oranges in particular. Heck all of it does:) What a lucky daughter and nice gift to come home to after a long week.

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    Carole M

    February 20, 2016

    My son (and I) are making him a Stormtrooper quilt and I was thinking of minky for the backing too. Will look at your tutorial. Love the quilt!

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    Peggy P

    February 20, 2016

    I love that hot pink minky! My guys are all over minky on the back of their quilts too.(but definitely not hot pink LOL).

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    Carie @ Space for the Butterflies

    February 20, 2016

    Oh what a wonderful quilt, I love the hot pink of the backing against the lower volume front!


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