Lucy Boston "Points of the Cross"
Started in 2015, finished in 2019
This is an English paper piecing technique, which for me included hand cutting 1956 honeycombs, 1064 1" squares and 49 4" squares, for a total of 3069 pieces! Then hand cutting the fabric to cover all these papers. Then basting by hand the fabric around all these papers. Then joining one shape to another to form blocks, blocks into rows, rows into a quilt top, all hand sewn. I hand appliqued the border to quilt top. All of that took an incredible 51 very long eventful months! I hand quilted this beast, which took another 180 hours and I used 22 different colours of thread! I used the same black fabric from the border for the binding. Something I've not done before but I think looks nice.
I started this quilt when my mother was still with us, and it has seen many life events since, included mother's passing, father's passing, two hospitalizations and two cataract surgeries for me, plus selling my home and moving into a retirement home. So, this beastie has seen a lot!
Of course, now that I want them I can't find the three additional blocks I made but didn't use. I was contemplating using one of them for a label :(. So now I guess I'll have make something else with the remainder honeycombs, which is OK, just more work. But then again I'm not sure what the name of this one will be. I was contemplating Cataract 5, but then realized it has only been 4 years not 5. Someone on my Lucy Boston POTC FB group suggested "She Persisted", which isn't a bad name. Any one out there have another suggestion for a name?
I won't be doing much sewing for a while as I am currently experiencing another exacerbation of my COPD, and a case of Dupuytren's Contracture in my quilting hand! YIKES!!!!