I can finally post photos of this quilt! I spent most of Jan and Feb on this quilt for my mom. She just finished a big renovation on her house in time for our wedding, and it will give her new walls some love.

wholecloth quilt wave

This has been my most ambitious project so far, and I was pretty mentally exhausted after finishing it. I started with the idea of arranging a simple block (the cross) in a pattern, using bright colors, and having the quilting bring out a scene. I ended up with a wave (my mom's in Hawaii), but was also debating a "whosh" like a blowing leaf pile in the wind. I spent a lot of time arranging the crosses. Seems so simple. It's not!

wholecloth quilt wave

In looking for ideas on how to construct the wave quiting pattern, I decided to make it similar to the traditional Japanese wave art. I love the fingers coming off the wave.

wholecloth quilt wave

My friend had the awesome idea of quilting a sailboat. How could I turn that idea down?

wholecloth quilt wave

I used the cross pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival. Each cross is made of 2 different fabric prints using the paper piecing technique. Altogether there's close to 800 pieces of fabric--way more than I had anticipated.

wholecloth quilt wave

I spent a ton of time practicing the quilting of the wave. There's a lot of stress once you get to the quilting, especially after spending so much time on the piecing. There's a lot at stake--and I don't have the patience to rip out quilting mistakes.

wholecloth quilt wave

I chose a solid color for the background to show off the quilting. I was curious myself to see what the scene would look like on the back!

I had to take a couple months break from any big project after finishing this one. I'm nearly recovered and starting a new project, a queen-size quilt for our bed. That'll be nearly 3x the size of any quilt I've done.