Last week I decided to do a bit of selfish sewing and make my family a Christmas quilt. I tend to do all my Christmas sewing the last week in November. Three years ago it was the advent calendar. Last year it was the tree skirt. I guess I’m pretty motivated by a December 1st deadline.
Due to my self imposed short deadline, I chose one of my favorite quick and easy layouts – 5″ squares. And to make it even easier, I used mostly charm packs from Aneela Hoey’s Cherry Christmas line.
I really love Aneela’s artwork. The designs on the fabric are so pretty and holiday, but in an understated way. For some reason, I decided I just needed to add the black text print from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road into the mix. This led to the addition of a few other prints, including some pearl bracelets by Lizzy House, dots from Sarah Jane‘s Children at play, and a Kei Honeycomb.
I really love that punch that the black prints add.
A bit of sizing details…I used 4 charm packs and 40 additional cut squares (5″ x 5″ each). The quilt is 13 columns by 16 rows. It measures around 59″ x 72″.
I quilted using a wavy line. On my machine, I use the Running Stitch (Bernina 440QE stitch #4, looks like a zigzag), max out the width and set the length to 4. Although this led to some kind of boring hours of quilting, I love the finished effect.
The back is a flannel from Bonnie and Camille‘s line Vintage Modern. I used 4 yards with a tiny amount left over. I did prewash the flannel…I knew it would shrink a lot more than the cotton on the front. The binding is also from Bonnie and Camille, but their new line Marmalade. I just couldn’t resist it for a Christmas quilt.
So now I’m enjoying some snuggles under the quilt, at least until Spring!
December 3, 2012 43 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, Quilt Home had a great sale on Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks. After receiving some to make the empire dress, I couldn’t resist buying more. I thought it would be the perfect fabric for a baby blanket – and I happen to know a baby girl that will be born soon! This blanket is inspired by this quilt I saw on Flickr recently. I loved how the window pane was incorporated. I meant to use more yellow on my quilt, but in my ordering frenzy I guess I forgot to buy some.
Each square is 6.5″. The back is Anna Maria Horner’s Folksy Flannel. It is unbelievably soft. This blanket is so cozy, I am seriously considering making a big one for myself!
I quilted straight lines in the ditch. I also did curved corners for the first time. They don’t lay perfectly flat (is that normal?) But I think they look cute for a baby blanket. This quilt measures 34″ x 40″.
And just for fun, here are more pictures of my bulbs coming up! These are part of a wildflower mix I planted last fall in our back yard by the woods. So exciting.
March 22, 2010 8 Comments