Guys, it's finished. I'm so happy to be able to say that. Clementine Cross has been a loooong time in the making, started in the late spring of last year. My first thought upon finishing it was Thank God! My second: This is a hot mess.
Now I am able to stad back and say that it doesn't look so bad in this picture. And that is why you won't be getting any close ups LOL. It finishes at 90" x 100" and is the largest quilt I've ever made (significantly). I chain pieced the crosses and because the center bars are one piece there is some wonkiness to them. But the worst is the quilting.
There is crazy puckering all over this puppy. As I quilted the last few rows and bound it, I was able to reframe my thoughts. Like I told one of my students, I simply began to look for what I had learned.
One, if I want crisp shapes, mindless chain piecing is not the best option.
Two, more basting pins. Use as many as you think you need and then add more.
Three, If it's really important to have "perfect" quilting on a queen size quilt, send it out!
At the end of the day, I'm able to appreciate it. My husband loves it and it keeps us warm :) You can see the back here.
Next up, a finish that was quick and came together exactly like I envisioned.
I've really enjoyed watching Anne's quilt design a day over on Instagram (#qdad). When I saw her hanging hearts, I knew immediately I wanted to make it. I've been drooling over pixelated heart quilts pretty much since I started quilting. So I grabbed my notebook, sketched up a mini and started cutting.
The pink squares are 1" finished. I made my HSTs using 2.5" squares and trimmed down. Everything in this mini is from my scraps which makes me incredible happy. A shout out to Jenn for inspiring my quilting. Straight lines on the diagonal :) I used my Hera to mark the center line and then used my foot for spacing so they are around 5/8" apart.
The backing is more hearts, All My Love by Robert Kaufmann, that I picked up in a destash on Instagram.
These are finish one and two towards my next fabric splurge and I'm linking up with all the Friday Finish parties I can find :)