Saturday, 4 October 2014

Trellis Crossroads mini is finished

I'm happy to say that my Trellis Crossroads mini quilt is finished and ready to be hung in the hallway.

Trellis Crossroads in Batiks

This quilt started out because I'd seen other people making Trellis Crossroads blocks for hive challenges and I thought they looked interesting. I just wanted to try one of these blocks so I got hold of the book Modern Bee by Lindsay Connor.  Of course, once I started I wanted to keep to going and ended up making more.



I had a charm pack of bright batiks that I'd had for a while and some navy batik to go with them, so I worked out how many blocks I could make, and just kept going until I had used up all the charm squares. You can read more about my process in my earlier post here.

Machine and Hand quilting combined

At first I intended to straight line machine quilt this quilt with a walking foot. But then I realised that the points didn't meet perfectly on all the blocks, and I thought I could work around that better with hand quilting. I like to hand quilt with a thick thread and a large needle, but I had great difficulty getting the needle through these batiks.




That caused me to rethink the machine quilting option and this quilt has ended up a combination of both methods. I used two different types of bright pink thread for the quilting. The hand quilting thread was a Rayon called "Razzle" by Wonderfil. The machine quilting thread was "Polyneon" by Madeira.

The back with sleeves at the top and bottom.

I put two sleeves on the back so I can insert some 8mm dowling into the top and bottom and hang it on the wall. I like to put dowling in the bottom too because it keeps the quilt hanging nicely.

This is why I had so many ends to darn in on the machine quilting


The facts:
Pattern: Trellis Crossroads from the book Modern Bee by Lindsay Connor
Fabrics: all batiks
Size: 38" x 38"







33 comments:

Melody said...

Stunning quilt. You are so clever.

Oops-Lah said...

Beautiful quilt and beautifully quilted. I also like how you styled the pictures!

margaret said...

Wendy this is a real beauty, you have such a great eye for colour, another quilt to add to my all time favourites. I now know not to try quilting batiks by hand, I am trying to build up a small collection of them and also treated myself to a jelly roll

Kirsten said...

Lovely quilt. I adore the bright colors. And I thought it was pretty funny that our Blogs have almost the same name.

mumasu said...

So bright, it's fantastic. I love your quilting it really finishes it perffectly :)

NickiJ said...

Such a vibrant, beautiful quilt. You will get pleasure each day walking past it in the hall, well done you!

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

Stunning! The colors are incredible and the quilting is perfect. This quilts confirms our sisterhood!

Staci said...

What a lovely, cheerful quilt! Very nice finish!

Joanna @ Riddle and {Whimsy} said...

The shot of the back showing your quilting lines is amazing! Even though you were worried about it not being straight, I think it works really well! I never would have thought to have changed the directions like that so I'm going to pin that photo for future reference!

Lorraine said...

Turned out beautifully Wendy!

Lin's Quilts said...

This quilt is just gosh-darn gorgeous! The colors are so happy! The quilting is great. In the distant picture, I couldn't even see the sleeves, and even in the close-up, hard to see. At first I thought you quilted right thru the sleeves!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

This turned out so wonderful! I love seeing the quilting pop on the backing. Using a combination of walking foot and hand quilting looks like a great solution. Congratulations on the finish!

Havplenty said...

Gorgeous quilt.

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Sarah Goer said...

I love this so much! I love the bright colors! :-)

frommycarolinahome said...

It is lovely and bright, nice quilt! Visiting from Sew Cute Tuesday
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Ruth said...

That will brighten up a hallway for sure - congrats on a lovely finish!

Maryse said...

Bright and beautiful!

charlotte said...

I love seeing this quilt in another colorway. Beautiful!

Mama Spark said...

Really pretty. I like this block too, might have to look for that book.

Michelle said...

Oh my word, that quilt is beautiful! You did a awesome job on it.

Myra said...

Your quilt is lovely! It must be stealing the show at your house!

Nicole said...

Perfect quilting!

Maartje Quilt said...

This is a beauty. I love the top with all its batik colors and the back is beautiful. But the quilting is stunning. I love the combination of hand and machine quilting. Awesome.
Congrats!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

wow! Just wow....

Linda Swanekamp said...

Absolutely stunning colors and design. Just a gorgeous quilt!

Alycia said...

Beautiful!

Snowcatcher said...

What a great pattern! The fabrics were perfect for it, and the contrasting stitching really makes the design pop!

LA Paylor said...

love the hand quilting! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Raewyn said...

It is gorgeous - love how you have quilted it and also great idea with the two hanging sleeves!

SuperMomNoCape said...

It's beautiful! I love the fabrics you chose.

dq said...

This is such an eye catcher! It is simple but stunning.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Gosh that is glorious! Well done!

Rachel said...

That is gorgeous. Love those bold batiks with the black; that might be my favorite color combination. The mix of hand and machine quilting looks great! Very neat idea about putting a rod at the bottom of a hanging quilt.