This week I was able to finish my Hugs & Kisses quilt and I’m pretty pleased with the result. This is the first time I’ve actually sketched out a design, did the math and made the quilt. You can read about the process in these two posts:

 

I will make the quilt again, but I’ll definitely make the squares smaller so the fully finished quilt won’t be quite so big. That’s the reason I didn’t do the complete sketched design on this quilt. It still finishes at 58″ square, so it’s a nice sized lap quilt.

I pieced the back using two Kona solids, Grey and Coal, and a grey/white print that I don’t know the name of. I love how the greys tone down the brightness of the Pomegranate. I’m building my confidence in piecing backs and look forward to doing more intricate work.

I thought a striped or polka dot or some sort of print would have been great for the binding. I don’t have anything at all like that in my fabric stash, and since I wanted to make the entire quilt from fabric I already had I used more of the Pomegranate for the binding.  I like how it looks.

The quilting had me stumped for a little while because I really wanted to do something a little different. Rachel of Quiltineering just finished a baby quilt with the neatest zig zag stitch and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl suggested using that type of quilting design. I liked that idea because I didn’t really want to do straight line quilting.  After several attempts to get the length right on the zig zag, a lot of practice and irritation and trying several different stitches, I decided to go with what I know and quilted it with my walking foot on the diagonal. It makes a cool design on the back and I’m glad I finished it this way. I definitely still want to learn that zig zag stitch; I think another Craftsy class and lots of practice is in my future.
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Hugs & Kisses Quilt Front Close-Up

I haven’t washed the quilt yet so please forgive the stray thread or two you’ll see.  I can’t wait to see all that crinkly goodness.

So, another finish for me, more skills learned, and I’m pretty happy with the end result. I’d say it’s been a successful week! 🙂

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts – be sure to check out all the other great finishes!

I’m off to enjoy a fun weekend with my sister and the rest of our family. I hope you have a great weekend too!

Beth