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!

Mayflower

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Throughout the end of January, I spent some time working on this little quilt featuring the vintage Mayflower block. The Mayflower is one of the 20 blocks featured in Vintage Quilt Revival. I thought it was a great option to showcase those new Carolyn Friedlander fabrics that arrived last month. I combined the new Carkai fabrics with some from Carolyn’s previous lines, and one purple Denyse Schmidt print from her Chicopee collection.

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The background of this quilt is a mixture of two white-on-white prints from Cotton + Steel. That wasn’t my original plan, but I ran out of the first fabric so I had to improvise. I think it was a happy accident though!

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt layout was inspired by another Vintage Quilt Revival pattern – my Geometric Slide quilt. I still enjoy the look of blocks slowly traveling down the quilt.

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My Mayflower quilt is 36″ x 36″, and it serves an important purpose. I created it as a base for a couple tutorials I have coming soon on BERNINA’s We All Sew Blog – basting and binding. I will post here when those go live! I think they are great for beginners, but also for experienced quilters who enjoy seeing how others work.

Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt Top

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This frigid weather has given me a perfect excuse to spend some quality time at my sewing machine. Earlier this week I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt top!

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Chain piecing the remaining 24 quilt blocks was a good idea. I think it took me about three days to finish them – much faster than the first 18! These blocks finish at 8″ x 8″. I sort of wish I made 12″ versions for a slightly larger quilt. But since this is for my daughter, I suppose the smaller size is okay.

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There were a lot of points to match up when I sewed the tops together. I took the extra time when I was pinning to make sure everything was aligned properly.

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I braved the 5 degrees to get a few pictures in the snow. I love the pop of the brights against the low volume background (fabric and snow)! I think my daughter wants minky for the backing. That should make this quilt nice and warm for cuddling on the couch with her Nancy Drew.

Crosses and Losses into the New Year

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last time I posted about my Crosses and Losses blocks, I mentioned I wasn’t chain piecing because I was eager to see some finished blocks come together. Well, I’m over that. 🙂 Making a couple of blocks at a time is slow! In fact, the only thing slower is chain UNpiecing (ask me how I know – nothing worse that stitching together a mistake in bulk!)

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So yesterday I started chain piecing the bright blocks I had already cut. I now have 18 blocks. I’m planning on cutting out the rest of the brights this morning and then stitching the remaining quilt blocks together all at once.

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m loving how this quilt is coming together! It’s going to be so bright and happy. And I hope everyone isn’t over the low volume trend, because I still really enjoy how it looks.

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And finally…can I plug my awesome city for a minute? Yesterday I took my kids to my absolute favorite part of living here ~ The Art Institute of Chicago. We try to go a couple times throughout the year (but I’m a member now so we’re going to go a lot more!).

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It is so, so, so good! They recently had a huge new donation to the Modern wing, so we stopped there first.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday we made an effort of spend time in areas we haven’t seen. We are usually sucked into the 3rd floor of the Modern wing and the Impressionism wing. Not one “new-to-us” room disappointed. Truly one of the best things to see if you ever have the chance to visit Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My son still wanted to draw everything he saw. My daughter was more interested in taking pictures this time.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you get a chance to visit one day!