Thursday, August 25, 2011

Modern Crosses on the wall

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.

Modern Crosses on the wall
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.

Modern Crosses Wall Hanging
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.

Modern Crosses close
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.

Modern Crosses Flange
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!




14 comments:

Linz said...

Oh, this is wonderful!! Great job!!

Sarah Craig said...

It's beautiful! Love the flange....

Debbie said...

Beautiful! Love the addition of the hand quilting!

angela said...

Such the perfect wall quilt! Also seems like a nice size project to add in the hand quilting. And I have to make sure to remember Julie's binding trick, too. It's perfect for a little extra color.

Toni said...

Katie, that looks fabulous! I love the hand quilting. And an orange-ish kitchen? Sounds fun! Your top picture could totally be my living room.

Lindsay Conner said...

It looks perfect! You've inspired me to hang up some of my minis. :)

Kris said...

Nice! I like that pop of orange!

CityHouseStudio said...

It's fabulous, Katie!
Your binding is just awesome - the perfect pop of color!

Leah said...

Love it. At first I thought maybe you painted your walls yellow! But I love the color it adds to the space.

sukie said...

Great wall hanging!

traceyjay said...

looks so great! :) a nice little touch indeed.

Megan said...

Love this, Katie! It's the PERFECT addition to your wall. :)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Oh, its just gorgeous! Really lovely on your wall and I love the hand quilting!

Brooke said...

I love this, Katie! I bought the book a few months back because I wanted to make this specific quilt. It looks great as a wall-hanging!

Oh, and love the flange on the binding too.