Lots of Hugs

Another one bites the dust, yeah, I said that already.

This was March 7, 2012. Quite the pile of quilts to be quilted. You recognize them all by now, right? From the bottom up, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, (my) Wall Hanging, Bubbles and now Lots of Hugs.

This is the one I most recently talked about gifting.

Cross Terrain quilt

I fell in love with this quilt because of the scrappy potential and you know how I love scrappy quilts! This pattern was designed by Lee, for Moda, and was done in Terrain by Kate Spain, thus the title. I didn’t realize that is where the name for the pattern, Cross Terrain, came from until I dug deeper.  To the quilters, out there, it’s obvious that I didn’t use Kate Spain fabric. I used fabric that has been around longer than Kate has been in the biz! I love quilts like this.

To me, this quilt will forever be known as Lots of Hugs. That is what I stitched into this quilt, as in all my quilts, really. Lots and lots of hugs to wrap you in. And also because it looks like one half of the XO symbols standing for hugs and kisses. The hugs part, specifically, as four arms wrap around each other. And because each quadrant in this quilt is a different fabric, you can envision them as arms, right?

This original pattern called for using a matchy, matchy collection of 40, 2 1/2″ wide x 42″ long strips of fabric, aka a jelly roll, making for half the work being done for you. I opted, instead, to drag out all the fabric, I own, and cut bits and pieces from probably 64 different fabrics. I discounted at least that many for not being the right shades and then another stack that didn’t contain enough fabric! It wasn’t planned to destroy my studio that way, I just got to cutting and piecing and the color took me over! Or was that the piles? I was consumed by the memories of so many quilts past that went into this one, that I may just have gotten a bit carried away. I suspect you will see this quilt, with a slight variation, soon.

And of course, it is my latest favorite quilt!

And this is the beautiful photo I received last week.

Cross Terrain quilt

Emerald Lucille, being held
by Lots of Hugs. Emmie was born May 24, 2012 weighing in at just 6 pounds. She is the latest grand baby of my sister, Kim. Emmie makes number six, for her!

Lots of Hugs

40″ x 48″
Scrap quilt
Kona White
machine pieced
hand quilted
May 24, 2012

A bit of trivia~
This quilt went to the home whom houses more of my quilts than any, outside my own or my children’s. Onetwothreefour and five, the only wedding quilt I have ever gifted. How about that! And what a beautiful occasion for this last one, don’t you think?

Have a great weekend, everyone!



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32 Responses to Lots of Hugs

  1. Gorgeous quilt! And hello, beautiful Emerald!


  2. Sara says:

    OK so I like scrappy,not using matchy,matchy prints from the pattern too! I like your descriptions of the Lots of Hugs quilt. Meanings are so powerful and necessary!

    Love the pic of the Lots of Hugs quilt on that fence—- so beautiful!!

    Emerald is such an angel!


    • sewfrench says:

      Thank you, Sara! I Can’t wait to snuggle that little angel! I try to find the perfect name for each quilt. There is so much focus and energy that is put into a quilt I think if you can harness it, into the name, it’s a treasure! We’ve lived here over 5 years and just a couple of quilts ago even thought about using that that fence as a prop! It’s way, way back at the far edge of our property and I think my eyes just pass over it. Though I do watch the deer jump over it regularly!


  3. I love scrappy! And your huggie quilt makes the most out of the idea! The little one is just small enough to fit into one of the hugs, too.


  4. Janice says:

    I think the name is perfect for this quilt. It’s beautiful and I LOVE scrappy!


  5. Lynette says:

    I LOVE this quilt! “Scrappy” style at its best. 😀 Whoop! WHoop!


  6. Oh that’s so very lovely! Popped over from CIG a Whoop Whoop 🙂


  7. Alisa says:

    That looks fantastic! Well done selecting fabrics from stash. And what an adorable (and lucky!) baby.


  8. Tabatha says:

    The Lots of Hugs quilt is my favorite, I was considering it for a jelly roll I just bought. Beautiful!


  9. Hueisei says:

    Very beautiful quilt! Great job!


  10. What a gorgeous quilt! And what a beautiful baby, naww! Thanks for linking up!


  11. Heather says:

    Oh, what a little cutie pie! And I love her scrappy “hugs” SO much. Great finish!


  12. Janet K says:

    Well, obviously the cutting chaos was worth it! Whoop whoop!


  13. Sarah Craig says:

    Sweet quilt for a sweet little baby! Whoop whoop!!


  14. Lisa says:

    This quilt is soooooooooooo pretty!


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  16. Eve says:

    Love that baby! And love ALL your quilts! I have one quick question! For the half square triangles don’t they require a 2 7/8 square to come out to 2 1/2 finished square? Just wondering….


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