Monday, October 16, 2017

Needing a Break from Christmas Quilts

It's two days later than planned, but the Christmas Elves quilt is completed, and the pattern is written and ready to download.

The Pattern for Assembly and Borders


I am really pleased with the way the borders and the binding work together. This crazy striped fabric pulls all of the scrappy Christmas fabrics together. It's as if it were made for this quilt.

I debated using a different fabric for the wider border, something that would contrast, but I'm really glad that I stuck to my original instinct to carry the background into the border. The quilt is so full of color that it verges on being too busy. The wide light gray border gives the quilt a chance to breathe. The added space reduces the cluttered look and gives the eyes a place to rest.

Look at the fabric I found for the back of the quilt. Could anything possibly have been more perfect?


The last two months of designing this quilt and making the pattern have been pretty intense.  This quilt has about finished me on Christmas for the time being, so I'm going to take a break from all holiday thoughts and work on something completely different. I'm not sure what that may be just yet. Ideas for projects are never ending. I want a flannel bathrobe that comes all the way to the floor, I've been wanting to make a bicycle quilt for a very long time, I have an idea for a fun sewing box, and I'd like to make a very small art quilt, too. I've been thinking about a series of small quilts with a theme of friendship and another house quilt too.


Wishing all of you a lovely October week!
And, no holiday music until December, please!

10 comments:

  1. I promise no holiday music for you or that descriptive word. I just want to be sure that there are only 5 patterns plus the finishing. I don't think I've missed anything but ... I so love your patterns. Thank you all the work you put into them. I'm exhausted just looking at them. ;)

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    1. There are only five block patterns, Rosemary. You haven't missed a thing. The sewing was the easy part for me. Designing the quilt and writing up the patterns take the most work by far.

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  2. Sorry but I listen to my beloved Christmas music all year long. It makes me happy.

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    1. You aren't at all alone, Denise. My nephew is the same. I prefer Vivaldi and Mozart for everyday listening.

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  3. It's such a delightful quilt. I've really enjoyed following your design process and the fabric for back is perfect :)

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    1. Thank you, Shirley. It's been a journey.

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  4. So glad you're feeling better after your scary illness. Your quilt is adorable. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas music-free autumn!

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  5. Another adorable quilt pattern. I am presently working on the BOM of kittens and sewing supplies. I bought it a year ago and have been building my skills on other projects before tackling it. I am awed at how fluid the silhouettes of the cats are. Cats are hard to draw and yours are perfect. I just love all of your patterns.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm delighted the pattern is working for you. I did struggle with the cats, especially the kittens, so your comment has made my day. People are so much easier for me than animals are. I'm sure your quilt will turn out beautifully! It sounds like you've been putting a lot of effort into getting it just right.

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