Friday, January 1, 2010

The Christmas of Quilts...part one

Before I get all wrapped up in my ramblings, Happy New Year! I hope you have a lot to look forward to in 2010!

Now to my ramblings...this Christmas I went a little crazy. I made 5 quilts as gifts. That sums up the gist of my insanity. My husband was pretty sure he might have to pry me off the sewing machine and confiscate the rotary cutter on more than one occasion, but we all made it through. And my reward was that I got to give 5 completely personal gifts absolutely infused with love. Giving those gifts brought me a lot of joy.

I bring you the first quilt, the one I made for my mom. (I couldn't keep a secret entirely and gave a sneak peek here) This was the first time that I set out on a mission to buy every single fabric with one person in mind. Usually I will have something on hand that already fits a loved one, but I had nothing that spoke to me for my mom. She loves reds and greens but I didn't want to make a Christmas quilt. The alternative was that I built the quilt around two Robert Kaufman prints (the bolder florals on the quilt top). The inspiration for the layout was Amy Karol's quilt in her Bend the Rules book (love that book); it's not the same dimensions, but a similar idea.

This was also the first time that I used unbleached muslin (yes, how very daring of me...), mixed fabrics for the binding, and did not prewash the fabrics. Overall, I was happy with how it turned out.

Here is my mom hiding behind her Christmas quilt...

and the back...I just love a pieced quilt back.
I sound so geeky.

In the next couple days, I'll post another quilt for your viewing pleasure.
Here's to a brand new year!
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  1. beautiful, i love the colors!

  2. I just love that quilt! one of my goals this year is to attempt a quilt!!!!! yeah!!!! well after i have my baby ....and clean my house.... clean my studio......organize my life! ummmmmmm paint my bedroom! walpaper the bathroom! i dream big!


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