Congratulations to Marcia Dougherty and Margaret Solomon Gunn!
Marcia gave me permission to feature her award-winning version of Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) here. (Thank you, Marcia.)
I know her artistry will inspire many quilters. It is beautiful and you can see it up close!
Marcia Dougherty Patchwork of the Crosses
My Perseverance is Marcia’s interpretation of Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
I am pleased to tell you my Lucy Boston was in a show at Proctors GE Theater in Schenectady, N.Y. this past weekend. I am so pleased especially since it had an almost perfect score of 99.5. The yellow ribbon was given by the nationally certified judge. To say I am happy is an understatement. Hope it makes you happy too. Thank you for your wonderful instructions.
I thoroughly enjoyed your book and your very clear and concise explanations of all the methods to construct this quilt. However, I really enjoy hand sewing and used the first method. Hope you like it as much as I loved making it. This quilt is very special to me.
Quilting by Margaret Solomon Gunn. All free motion on her long arm. 3/4 of a million stitches. No marking because I do not prewash my fabrics. She just used the design to guide the quilting.
Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses was not quilted. It was a patchwork with no batting, just the top and the backing (lining), loosely tacked.
The same pattern over each block but looks different because of colors.
This quilt is a labor of love.
It does look like it is carved. Margaret is an amazing quilter and double-batted this quilt with a wool and cotton batt to have the quilting stand out. At first, I was taken aback by the heavy quilted look but a show quilt is treated differently. Margaret is so experienced I just left it up to her. Her blog in Dec. 2018 showed how she came to do what she did even to her choice of threads. She is amazing.
I wish I could see Marcia’s quilt in person! Isn’t it inspiring?
It gives me a huge thrill to see such a spectacular quilt made using my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses book.
I have featured others, like one by Fern in Singapore, which she pieced partly by machine, and partly by hand. It was part of the special Lucy Boston Exhibit at the Tokyo Quilt show in 2012 and also featured in the Houston Quilt Show in 2014.
Lucy Boston was an amazing writer, artist, gardener AND quilter. Her legacy will live on and on, thanks to the loving care of her daughter-in-law, Diana Boston, who still lives in the ancient manor house that Lucy restored in Hemingford Grey, near Cambridge in England. Diana gave me permission to write my book in 2008 and I will always be grateful.
If you are interested in learning more about Lucy Boston, I highly recommend Diana’s wonderful book, The Patchworks of Lucy Boston, which is available in the Hemingford Grey shop. It includes information about Lucy Boston’s life and excellent photos of all of Lucy Boston’s patchwork.
More About Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses
You might also want to review other Lucy Boston-related articles, like my English Paper PIecing Tutorials, the Electric Quilt project file for POTC (free), and From Time to Time, the 2012 movie by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park) staring Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey!) based on one of Lucy Boston’s books, The Chimneys of Green Knowe.
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses
There are three videos on the Main Lucy Boston Page with info about templates, fussy cutting (two methods with Inklingo), hybrid piecing (combining hand and machine piecing), and pressing the blocks. There are Inklingo shape collections in 4 sizes too.
I can’t get enough of these!
Let’s finish with Marcia’s award-wining Patchwork of the Crosses on the bed.
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