We spend most of our time in our living room/sunroom. It's a great room with tall ceilings and lots of windows...and no decoration.
We have this blank wall above one of our sofas, and I've been thinking for a while that I should put a quilt on it.
Go ahead, take your time. There's a lot to take in here.
Solution: Modern Crosses wall hanging! Ah, that's better! The pattern is from Modern Log Cabin Quilting. I bought a copy after seeing great versions popping up in Flickr (love Elizabeth's Baby boy version, and I borrowed heavily from this version by Betty Crocker Ass). I bought the book just for this pattern, and I think it was money well spent. I'm sure I'll be using it again.
I used brown/green/orange prints from my stash with Essex Linen in Natural for the sashing. This is a similar color palette to my Colorbrick quilt. The linen got a little shifty on me, but I love the look. The finished size is about 28 x 38.
I hand quilted around each cross with a variegated pearl cotton. I wish I'd used plain orange, but I was trying to only use materials I had on hand, so the variegated worked. (It's kind of crazy how much I can do using only materials I have on hand. Some may say I don't need to buy new fabric. I'm not one of those people, but some may say that.) My stitches are a little crazy in a few places. I need more practice for sure.
Thanks so much for your opinions on finishing! I'm so glad Toni reminded me of the binding flange tutorial on Jaybird Quilts. It was super easy, and it provided just the right amount of color. I used an orange print for the flange and Kona Espresso (I think) for the binding. My kitchen is adjacent to this room, and it is painted in a rusty orange color, so I think this ties things together nicely!
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