Quilts I've Made

A Quilt for Miss B

This post is about quilt number two in my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. To look at an overview of the lot – click here. To see quilt number one, click here. For quilts 3-9, stay tuned!

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Next up in my quilty-gift parade is my quilt for Miss B. Similar to the quilt for Miss T, I wanted something a bit more mature, but also a bit of fun. The pattern in the centre panel is Butterfly Effect from Amy Smart (aka Diary of a Quilter)’s book Fabulously Fast Quilts.

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I love them all for different reasons, but I think this was my favourite colour-wise. Navys, teals, and purples just sing to me. I’d been hoarding my mini jelly rolls from V and Co.’s Simply Colorful II collection for quite a while, with this exact project in mind.

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The inner border is a teal/aqua grunge from Basic Grey for Moda, and the outer border is a navy chevron (I’m sorry – I don’t remember the range!). It’s bound in the same grunge.
Originally my final border was going to be the navy blue hand-drawn floral from the V and Co. range, but I after adding it to the first side of the quilt, I felt it made the whole thing look very seventies – and while that was a bit fun, it really wasn’t what I was going for. I’m much happier with the chevrons… although, if you know me at all, you’d know that I really find it hard to beat a good chevron ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The backing is a light blue suede flannel, and the quilting is a simple flower. Choosing the quilting for this one was quite tricky, because so much of the quilt was geometric, but a geometric quilt pattern kind of made it more masculine. The flowers made it a bit more feminine again.

 

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Miss B got a bedroom make-over of sorts this year, and little did I realise, but my chosen colours matched her new room pretty well! I was a bit stoked with myself, and she seemed pretty happy with the quilt too!

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Next up in my nine quilts by Christmas is the first of the boy quilts. I can’t wait to share!

Quilts I've Made

A Mammoth Effort

I was pretty quiet at the end of 2017, and while I haven’t been super consistent with this blog to date, I have been busting for the last 2 months to share this project with you! Alas, it was under wraps until its Christmas deadline.

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These pretties have been a roller coaster in the making, but boy, were they a satisfying finish!!! And did I get some mega hugs when they were gifted!

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Not long after I first started quilting, I decided that I wanted to make a quilt for each of my nine nieces and nephews. At the rate I was making quilts at that time (about 3 a year), I didn’t think it was fair to gift them one at a time – as it could be years and YEARS between the first and last quilt being gifted. So I planned to give them all at once, with no real deadline as to when that would be.

And then, about 8 weeks ago, I had a brain wave. All nine nieces and nephews would be in one place, this Christmas. That only happens every few years. I had three quilt tops made, and I had just over six weeks to make six more quilt tops, and then quilt, bind, and label the lot. Easy, right? Hah!

Nothing for it but to dig-in and get the job done!

Challenge number one: The early quilt-tops I’d already made were only crib-sized. The eldest of my nieces and nephews was 13. Crib-sized was not going to cut it.
Solution – I made each a crib-sized centre panel, and added 3.5″ and 6.5″ borders. Hooray for borders adding quick width!

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Issue number two: I wanted each quilt to be unique. No two centre-panel patterns were to be repeated, and nor were the quilting patterns.
Solution: I relied on my favourite quilt pattern designers – Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter, Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, and Emily Dennis of Quilty Love, for relatively quick and easy patterns that packed a visual punch. And then I was so thankful to Marcelle from Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage, who has been teaching me to use her long-arm quilter. By knowing the edge-to-edge patterns available, and having access to such a beautiful machine, my dream of nine unique quilts in such an absurd timeframe became suddenly achievable.

So here they are, and I am SO excited and thankful to be on the other side of this challenge!

Quilt Merge

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All of the quilts have flannel backings, as the kids all live in Victoria, so I wanted them to be nice and snuggly. I thought about using wool wadding for extra warmth, but I prefer the feel of cotton quilts, so I stuck with the 100% cotton.DSC_0759 (2)

I used printable fabric to make labels, and vlisofixed them onto the backings. I used a simple blanket stitch with thread that coordinated with the quilt binding to finish them off. Name removed from pic below for privacy ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was the ultimate seal of approval when the kids all dragged their new quilts out on the deck as they went about their busy-ness, or snuggled up under them for the Christmas afternoon movie.

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Also, I wish all quilt recipients were as excited as a four-year old!

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Over then next few weeks I’ll show you more detailed shots of each individual quilt here on the blog, as well as information on the fabrics and patterns used, so stay tuned! Or subscribe for updates ๐Ÿ™‚
You can also see more picture on my instagram using the hashtag #ninequiltsbychristmas
Can’t wait to share more!