Poinsettia ~ A Finished Quilt and Pattern

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s finished! After a few days of quilting, yesterday I stitched on the last bit of binding. I’m so very happy with how it turned out. Hopefully you all are as excited as I am – if for any reason, because you don’t have to hear about this one anymore. Ha!

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I know I’ve said so much about this quilt already, but I’ll touch on the main details again because I always have questions in the comments. I started this quilt over 2 years ago at a retreat put on by Pink Castle Fabrics (formerly known as Quilt Camp, now known as Camp Stitchalot). I was teaching a session on paper piecing and we were making the larger Poinsettia Star components as part of a small mini quilt pattern. I had already made the mini quilt, so I decided to play around with a new layout for all of my sample blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m sure a lot of you know how it goes – life gets busy and your UFO pile grows and grows. The original quilt section was put aside while I waited for the right time to pick it up again. That time proved to be last November.

A little more than 2 months later, the finished quilt measures 62″ x 75″. There are 99 quilt blocks…2,610 tiny pieces of fabric. But who’s counting. 😉 Despite those seemingly overwhelming numbers, if you followed along on the progress you saw how this quilt was pretty achievable to assemble when broken down into steps.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Almost every piece of bright fabric in this quilt is from my stash of fabrics by Anna Maria Horner. (I can only think of 1 piece, from the original section 2 years ago, that isn’t hers.) I could gush all day about Anna Maria’s talent. Her collections just sing together. The colors, the designs…they are perfect for patchwork. The black/cream fabric is also from my stash. Half yards I’ve collected here and there. I used a lot up for this quilt, but I certainly don’t regret it. Much is from various Moda designers. A lot from Sweetwater, Lu Summers, Zen Chic. If I see it, I buy it, because Moda does not reprint fabric once it’s gone. Some are text, some are shapes and lines. Together, it just works.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing, I used a print from Anna Maria Horner’s Hand Drawn Garden collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Sketchbook in ivory. The binding is a scrappy mix of black prints I used within the quilt. I think it provides a nice finishing frame. By some truly accidental piece of luck, when I cut the this large piece of fabric in half to sew together for the backing…the design matched up perfectly. You can’t really even tell where the seam is (it’s in the middle of the above photo, down the middle of the black hand drawn birds.)

I quilted using straight lines, just organically measuring – not marking. They are about 1/4 to 1/2 apart.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And…for the moment many of you have been waiting for…a quilt pattern! This pattern is now available in my shop. I have a few new PDF patterns that I haven’t announced formally, so be sure to check them out. There’s the Poinsettia Quilt, Big Top Quilt and Holland Mills Quilt.

Now it’s time for me to go cuddle under that quilt. This one is for keeps.



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    January 28, 2015

    This is beautiful Faith! I love the AMC blended with the black and cream prints. I’m totally inspired.
    Also exciting to get the Holland Mills pattern in your shop. It’s another favorite and I never purchased the magazine to get the pattern.

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      January 28, 2015

      Oops, I mean AMH! (Oh, auto correct, how unhelpful art thee! )

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    pat lucas

    January 28, 2015

    so excited to have the opportunity to buy this quilt pattern. it is beautiful, and it was fun to watch its development! thank you,

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    January 28, 2015

    Wow! It is beautiful. I really like your choice of fabrics and the backing is amazing. Great!

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    Judy Currie

    January 28, 2015

    Beautiful! Worth all the effort!

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    Diane B

    January 28, 2015

    Faith, the Handrawn Garden in Sketchbook backing is perfect and so stunning. What hidden seam 🙂
    The binding does add an elegance too. I’m so happy you finished a 2 yr old UFO and a pattern in print. You’re awesome!

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    Shannon C.

    January 28, 2015

    This turned out great! I love the rainbows, but love that they almost blend in to the high contrast background. It’s like sneaky rainbows!! Super!

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    January 28, 2015

    Outstanding!!! One of the prettiest quilts I’ve seen to date.

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    January 28, 2015

    The most beautiful quilt I have ever seen! Just fabulous! Thank you for including the pattern!

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    January 28, 2015

    So beautiful! Congratulations on finishing it up!

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    Anne Burden

    January 28, 2015

    A fantastic quilt-love the background, helps to make the bright colours sing. Wow

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    Karee Sowards

    January 28, 2015

    Bravo! You did it!

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    January 28, 2015

    I love it! Love the background fabric. I’ve been working on getting away from solid white backgrounds, so this is very inspirational.

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    January 28, 2015

    Is your server down? Can’t get into the shop. Please delete this after reading!

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      January 28, 2015

      Hi Pat! It looks ok to me, but it’s possible it had a hiccup while you were loading it. Try again and hopefully it works for you!

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    Sew Crafty Jenn

    January 28, 2015

    This turned out beautifully!

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    January 28, 2015

    Your quilt is totally wonderful! I could make it easily enough, but collecting all the gorgeous fabric to make on even close to yours would take me years of finding the right ones. So – I will just admire yours.

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    January 28, 2015

    It is superb!!

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    Laura @ Prairie Sewn Studios

    January 28, 2015

    I know I’ve said this already as you’ve shared your process with us, but I really do love this quilt! It just makes me feel so happy!

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    January 28, 2015

    Faith, congratulations on another fantastic quilt! I’m sure you are happy to finish this one after starting so long ago. I love all the light/dark black/white backgrounds. Can’t wait to see what’s coming up next!

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    January 28, 2015

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Maggie Norman

    January 28, 2015

    Stunning quilt!! I’ve so enjoyed watching your progress on this quilt and the finished quilt is just amazing!! Nicely done! Now to add this to my list of someday quilts 😉

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    Lisa C

    January 28, 2015

    I don’t have the patient to cut all of those pieces or I would certainly give a shot at copying you. It’s stunning. Great finish.

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    Linda S

    January 28, 2015

    Love it!! This quilt is gorgeous! It has been fun watching this one come together, so pretty.

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    Lynne Tilley

    January 28, 2015

    This is just beyond beautiful! I love it so much.

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    Lynn F

    January 28, 2015

    I know you made a joke about us not having to hear about this quilt anymore, but I have really appreciated seeing it through all the steps as you went through each stage and it started shaping up on your design wall. Thank you for letting us have a more “behind-the-scenes” look at your process.

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    Lara B.

    January 28, 2015

    It’s so gorgeous Faith! I just totally adore every single bit of this quilt!

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    Cindy M.

    January 28, 2015

    Well coordinated colors on both sides. I crazily love it.
    Thanks for sharing the process. Congrats !!!!!!!

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    January 28, 2015

    Your quilt is lovely!

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    Audrey B

    January 28, 2015

    Thank you!!!! The quilt is absolutely wonderful! I’ve already posted two other times how much I love it. I will be getting the hard copy of the pattern for my collection. I’m going to start collecting my fabric for it this week! Quilt on!

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    January 28, 2015

    Its so beautiful. Thankyou for sharing the process

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    January 28, 2015

    Simply gorgeous quilt! A work of art for sure!

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    January 28, 2015

    That is stunning. All your fabric choices work spectacularly together.

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    January 28, 2015

    Simply spectacular, and an heirloom-to-be.

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    elizabeth williams

    January 28, 2015

    I have really enjoyed watching the progression of this quilt. I hope to share future quilts step-by-step with us as well.

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    M-R @ Quilt Matters

    January 28, 2015

    It’s fantastic! Wow!

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    January 28, 2015

    I just love this quilt.

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    January 28, 2015

    I was so fortunate to see this quilt, almost finished, this past weekend while at Faiths home. It is truly magnificent! Your Mom is so very proud of your outstanding talent!

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      January 29, 2015

      Thanks mom 🙂

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    January 29, 2015

    I love the ratio of the black and whites to the colors. It is truly lovely and I am happy to have been along for the ride!

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    January 29, 2015

    Oh wow I love it!! I remember the infancy of this quilt! It’s grogeous. That’s right. grogeous. It roughly translates to gorgeous – lol!

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    Angela Baker

    January 29, 2015

    Original top! Original backing! So glad to be able to follow your work and that you share it with us.

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    Karen Shackleford

    January 29, 2015

    It’s beautiful, Faith! What a great finish!!

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    Heather Higgins

    January 29, 2015

    It’s absolutely gorgeous!

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    January 30, 2015

    It’s just fabulous – I wouldn’t be giving it away either! Looks like the perfect weather to be taking a nap under too 🙂

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    Christine Puniello

    January 30, 2015

    So Beautiful!!!! Wow!! What a gorgeous quilt!!!

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    January 31, 2015

    What a masterpiece!

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    January 31, 2015

    What a masterpiece – yes a keeper!

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    Julie Beard

    February 1, 2015

    Well Faith, I got your pattern for the poinsettia quilt now only to find time to make it. Unfortuantely I don’t have time yet maybe closer to the end of the year. Got a few UFO’s in the way at the moment! Happy Quilting Julie.

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    February 1, 2015

    What a GREATGREATGREAT quilt!

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    Diane Cullum

    February 5, 2015

    Your quilts are absolutely beautiful!

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    Lorna McMahon

    February 8, 2015

    Gorgeous, rich and stunningly beautiful! Love the backing fabric you chose. And how sweet that the seam doesn’t show! Very sweet finish, Faith.

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    February 18, 2015

    Lovely! Will your hard copy patterns be available from distributors to sell in quilt shops?

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      February 18, 2015

      Yes! So far they’ve been picked up by Brewer, Checker and United Notions.

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    September 9, 2015

    Wow you are so talented. I can not wait to get your book!