I struggle to put into words how happy I am with how it turned out. I am so proud to be apart of this quilt. Thank you so much for your contributions, help, and support throughout the process.
In the end, 53 quilters from across the US, six from Canada and two from the UK donated 214 cross blocks to make this quilt. Only 117 cross blocks were actually used in this quilt. The remaining blocks will be turned into a crib quilt for Errick’s son, into housewares (two already made, more to come), and most likely a third quilt to be donated/raffled off.
Finishing the quilt… I asked Liza (The English Street Quilter) to do a water-like quilting design (inspired by this) which looks like evenly spaced horizontal lines from afar. However, upon closer inspection, you see there is more to it with the added curves that break up the lines. Liza used a soft blue thread and I think it looks great on both the front and the back.
I used Quilter’s Dream Wool batting which is listed as a mid-loft and marketed as both machine washable and dryable (the batting was donated at cost by Laura Kay at Happiness is… Quilting; thank you!). I like the loft of the wool and like how smooth it makes the quilt look (a characteristic of wool batting from what I can tell). I normally wash all of my quilts immediately after finishing and prior to gifting. For some reason, I am nervous to wash this one before sending it on its way. What do you think… should I wash it?? (I have some color catchers on hand to toss in with it).
The backing is a soft flannel and I love how it feels (again, donated at cost by Laura Kay at Happiness is… Quilting). Liza did the piecing for me (thank you!) and I think the singular large cross makes such a grand statement.
For the binding, I used a Kona solid (charcoal I think). It is something simple to frame the variety of crosses on the front.
During the quilting process, this quilt happened to reach milestones that coincided with Errick’s treatment plan. I put out the call for help on Errick’s first day of chemo. Two weeks later, on the day of Errick’s second chemo treatment, I dropped the quilt off with the long arm quilter. Then, two weeks after that, on the day of Errick’s third chemo treatment, I finished the quilt. And since I am mailing the quilt care package to Errick and family on Monday, he should have it in time for his next chemo treatment.
Let me leave you with a quote from Errick’s most recent blog post, Cancer, a gift…:
I know in life it is so easy to get caught up in work, finances, or so many other issues that we sometimes lose track of the most important things in our lives, our families. As unintentional as it may be, we take what we have right in front of us for granted. We just assume that there is going to be a tomorrow, we assume that we will have another chance, but tomorrow is not a guarantee, it is a gift. I pray that this stays in the forefront of my mind for as long as I shall live, and I hope that all of you will pause for a few seconds each day and count your blessings. Take a moment to really hug your spouse, hold your children next to you where you can feel their hearts beating, and just say thank you.
Errick’s attitude and faith are such an inspiration. What he has written is such a good reminder to me, to us all. I am trying to keep it top-of-mind throughout my day (I will admit though that in my crazy days with the little ones, it can be hard to remember this and not get bogged down by all of the junk that gets in the way). I need to make it a point to clear out the “junk” at least once a day so I can remember to be thankful for my family. Anyone with me?