Saturday, April 15, 2017

Quilt #59: Easter Cross

***NOTE from February 28, 2019***
I just realized I never shared this quilt from 2016! To see what I'm currently working on, please follow me on Instagram at deJongDreamHouse.

It's Easter weekend, which means it's a good time to share this quilt I finished last year during Holy Week. I made this quilt for my son's Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Adkins, who is exactly the kind of person you think of when you think of a sweet little old lady who teaches first grade Sunday School.

Last year, on Palm Sunday, I noticed that Mrs. Adkins was not at church. I was really surprised so I asked about her and found out that her husband of 50+ years passed away suddenly. My heart just broke for her.

As soon as we got home from church, I started looking for ideas. I was really inspired the Carpenter Star Cross by the talented Judit Hajdu of Quilt Fox.

I also drew inspiration for the tulips from Apple Avenue Quilts  and A Bee in My Bonnet. I paper pieced the tulip blooms from Apple Avenue Quilts--my first time ever trying this method.

For the leaves, I used the tutorial from A Bee in My Bonnet

I started with the tulips, because I was most nervous about making them. I followed the awesome video tutorial from Jennifer of Ellison Lane, and she took all the fear out of paper piecing.

I was actually a little sad when I finished this part. (And I have done a lot more paper piecing in the last year).

The stems were traditionally pieced. The Joel Dewberry herringbone print was perfect for the leaves.

Next, I worked on the carpenter cross. I changed the size a bit so that design expanded beyond the cross. You can also see that I vastly underestimated the size of the tulips. If I were to make this quilt again, I would make them smaller for a better sense of scale with the cross.

Once those two parts were done, the rest went together easily.

I used straight line quilting to radiant out from the cross.

I was able to finish it in less than a week!

D showed me how big a hug he wanted to include with the quilt.

I always love to deliver quilts in person, but this one was extra special.

No better payment than a hug and a sincere thank you.

Reading the label.

A few days later, I received the most amazing thank you note. In trying to bless this sweet woman, I was blessed so much more in return.

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  1. What a beautiful gift!This quilt looks amazing! I love the size of the tulips the way they are.

  2. Gorgeous! I love paper-piecing, too -- you can't beat the precision of paper-piecing with traditional piecing. And you know, I think the size of the tulips is perfect. It might not be true to scale in real life, but it strikes a great balance with the cross here.

  3. So sweet of you - and his hug photo!!!!

  4. Very sweet. Those Spring flowers at the foot of the cross add such a nice touch for Easter! He is risen, indeed! :-)

  5. Really love this Easter Quilt - will be pinning to come back and recreate in the future!!

  6. What a lovely gift! Looks like she loves it!

  7. Beautiful quilt and love the pics of her receiving it. Also love reading about the process of making it. Just to be clear, TBT is actually for the quilts we made before we started blogging though... ;-)

  8. Again, the perfect quilt for your friend. You're right; when we give we receive so much more in return. Thanks for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss.


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