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