What a Fast Finish!

This week I was able to finish my Hugs & Kisses quilt and I’m pretty pleased with the result. This is the first time I’ve actually sketched out a design, did the math and made the quilt. You can read about the process in these two posts:


I will make the quilt again, but I’ll definitely make the squares smaller so the fully finished quilt won’t be quite so big. That’s the reason I didn’t do the complete sketched design on this quilt. It still finishes at 58″ square, so it’s a nice sized lap quilt.

I pieced the back using two Kona solids, Grey and Coal, and a grey/white print that I don’t know the name of. I love how the greys tone down the brightness of the Pomegranate. I’m building my confidence in piecing backs and look forward to doing more intricate work.

I thought a striped or polka dot or some sort of print would have been great for the binding. I don’t have anything at all like that in my fabric stash, and since I wanted to make the entire quilt from fabric I already had I used more of the Pomegranate for the binding.  I like how it looks.

The quilting had me stumped for a little while because I really wanted to do something a little different. Rachel of Quiltineering just finished a baby quilt with the neatest zig zag stitch and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl suggested using that type of quilting design. I liked that idea because I didn’t really want to do straight line quilting.  After several attempts to get the length right on the zig zag, a lot of practice and irritation and trying several different stitches, I decided to go with what I know and quilted it with my walking foot on the diagonal. It makes a cool design on the back and I’m glad I finished it this way. I definitely still want to learn that zig zag stitch; I think another Craftsy class and lots of practice is in my future.
Hugs & Kisses Quilt Front Close-Up

I haven’t washed the quilt yet so please forgive the stray thread or two you’ll see.  I can’t wait to see all that crinkly goodness.

So, another finish for me, more skills learned, and I’m pretty happy with the end result. I’d say it’s been a successful week! 🙂

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts – be sure to check out all the other great finishes!

I’m off to enjoy a fun weekend with my sister and the rest of our family. I hope you have a great weekend too!



About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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8 Responses to What a Fast Finish!

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  2. I love that quilt, such a simple design but the results are fantastic! Great job!

  3. Joanna says:

    I’ve used a zig zag stitch once for quilting; I found it hard trying to keep it lined up!! I love the grid quilting you used though. I think that’s my favourite straight line quilting design, but I’ve not used it myself yet.

  4. Shauna says:

    that is simply awesome, I love the greys on the back, so so cool.

  5. Jasmine says:

    I love how this quilt turned out. The quilting is perfect for it. It is good to sometimes go with what you already know. While the top is really neat, I think I like the back the best.

  6. Just to follow up, I clicked out of the Bloglovin’ frame and a few of the images still don’t show up in the slideshow. It might just be me, though! 🙂

  7. Wow, you finished that up quickly! I think the quilting you did works great, and I am sure you will master the zig-zag stitch, too! The Flickr slideshow isn’t showing up for me, but it could just be because I am in the Bloglovin’ frame. When I clicked on it, it worked just fine.

  8. Trying new quilting stitches are always a frustration to me. Even after a few practice sandwiches, I only used it on a small baby quilt!

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