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A Quilt for Miss M

This is the grande finale of my Nine Quilts by Christmas Series! If you’d like to see where is all began, click here. To see the previous eight quilts, click the corresponding number: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

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And here we are! What a journey! Thank you for coming with me! And let me introduce you to quilt number nine, that was given to Miss M. Miss M is four, and her nickname is Firecracker – it’s quite apt for this bundle of adorable energy. The pattern is Powwow by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, and the fabric is entirely from Flow by Zen Chic for Moda.

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The backing is a light coral-y pink suede flannel, and the quilting was a scrolling pattern.

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It seems kind of appropriate that the biggest hiccup I had in my making of these nine quilts was on the quilt for Firecracker. With a name like that, it seems inevitable that drama will ensue! I am incredibly blessed to have access to the long-arm quilter at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage, and the quilting machine and I had a disagreement halfway along the last row of quilting (entirely user error!) that left the tension in the bobbin thread awfully wacky. The consequence was that I had to unpick the entire bottom row of quilting, which took hours. Luckily, I had excellent help (thanks hubby!)!

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I actually need to give a massive shout out to the crew at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage. All of the ladies there were so patient with me hogging the quilter, so kind and affirming with my design decisions, and so encouraging when I was feeling overwhelmed. More than one of them helped out with unpicking some stitched on this quilt when my hands were cramping up, and not all of them were paid to be there! I’m SO thankful for the loving environment in that shop, and especially to Marcelle, the shop owner, for her love and support on this epic journey, and for giving me the capacity to neglect some of my other responsibilities in order to finish these on time. It definitely didn’t go un-noticed.

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Miss M definitely had the MOST fun response to receiving her quilt. I wish everyone was as excited as a four-year-old when they receive a quilt! She dragged it around, and kept rolling herself up in it, or just jumping up and down on it. Ironically, she liked the (fluffy) backing side better, and kept laying out the quilt with the backing facing up – but that’s ok with me. As long as she loves it!

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And that’s it! What an adventure! Given it seemed like a near-impossible task when Christmas was six weeks away, it felt completely amazing when I finally finished those last stitches on the bindings and labels. In some ways, the deadline was SO good for me – it forced me to get outside of my comfort zone – to keep pressing on with tasks even when I was bored or frustrated with them, and to be resourceful and the make the most of what I had, because I didn’t have time to wait for or investigate other options. There was no time to feel sorry for myself when things went wrong – I just had to keep going. I wouldn’t want to work under those kinds of timelines constantly, but I learnt so much about myself, and I think I’m a better Creative for it.

Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me as I shared these quilts! But I hope it’s not the end of you dropping by my blog. I’ve already been madly making all sorts of bits and pieces to kick off 2018, and I will keep sharing them with you here! So hopefully you’ll check in again soon – or you can sign up to follow my blog and receive notifications each time there’s a new post!

See you soon!

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A Quilt for Miss E

This is the next in my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. For the story on how it all began, click here. To learn more about the previous quilt in the series, click on the relevant number: one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. For quilt number nine, stay tuned!

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This quilt was for Miss E, who is seven, lively, playful and cheeky. Miss E has very little concept of walking – she runs, or dances, or bounces. So I felt the fabric Best. Day. EVER! from April Rosenthal for Moda was a perfect match. This quilt pattern is called Sweets, and it’s by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.

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The border fabric is a pink stripe from the Best. Day. EVER. line, and the yellow is from Kate Spain’s Grand Canal range for Moda. The backing is a pink suede flannel. The quilting was a paisley design.

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Miss E looked pretty happy with the result!

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And so that makes eight!
Next time is the last one! I hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far, and join me again for the wrap up.

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A Quilt for Miss L

This blog post belongs to my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. Click here to see where it all began. Click the relevant number to see quilts one, two, three, four, five, or six. For quilts eight and nine, stay tuned!

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This quilt was gifted to the lovely Miss L. I wanted to make her something that was fun, and young, but not too girly, and not so young that it wouldn’t grow with her. The pattern is Tumble by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, and the fabric, once again, is a bit of everything there ever was! Cotton and Steel, Moda, Cloud 9, and all sorts of other bits and pieces from my stash.

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Not going to lie – I really love this pattern. I’ve made it a few times, and it’s quick, simple, and effective, every time. It was kind of fun to include a nod to Miss L’s heritage in the fabrics – can you spot it?

DSC_0682 (2)The border fabrics are a navy grunge, and an Alison Glass 2017 Sunprint. This was the first time I’d ever laid eyes or hands on an AG fabric, and I was pretty stoked!!! The backing is a blue suede flannel. I think the quilting pattern is called Fruitopia.

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And here is Miss L with her finished quilt! Like her brother, Master N, she had the quilt on her bed the next day, and took it camping too! I loved seeing it in action so soon! And I love that kids aren’t too precious about their quilts. Sometimes it can be a bit scary letting go of that crisp and pristine quilt, but it’s so worth it to see it so thoroughly loved!

Next up is Miss E! We’re nearly on the home stretch! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll be back soon for the next installment.

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A Quilt for Master P

This is the next in my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. To find out how the series began, click here. To see quilt one, two, three, four, or five – click on the relevant number! For quilts 7-9, stay tuned!

Ok, ok, so I’m slightly behind my intended schedule of sharing these quilts, but I’m excited to keep bringing the updates just the same!

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So here is my quilt for Master P! This lovely young man loves animals, so this quilt was a perfect match! The pattern is Lucky by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. The fabric is entirely Big Sky by Annie Brady for Moda. The finished quilt is 63″ x 77″.

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Those bears are SOOO cute!

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I quilted this one with a leafy design – attempting to keep it natural and outdoors-y!

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Master P seemed pretty excited that the quilt matched his new animal-themed room decor!

So there you have it! We’re now on the home stretch of sharing these quilts, with three to go. Looking forward to it!

 

 

 

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A quilt for Master D

This blog post belongs to my “Nine quilts by Christmas” series. If you would like to read how it started, click here. If you would like to see quilts one, two, and three, please click on the relevant number. For quilts five to nine, stay tuned!

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This quilt was for Master D. The pattern is Hello March by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, and the fabric is entirely pulled from the shelves of my local quilt store – Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage.
There’s a bit of Sunday Supper (Sweetwater for Moda), Grunge (Basic Grey for Moda), Tabby Road (Tula Pink for Free Spirit), and more. Red’s not normally my colour (give me blue any day!), so I was intentional about including it in this one, and I’m really happy with it.

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The pattern was super quick and easy. I loved watching this one come together so swiftly!Β The final quilt size was 61.5″ x 75″.

Master D is my husband’s godson, so hubby was thrilled when we got the chance to help me longarm quilt it. He did most of it himself. It was pretty cute. We used a modern geometric (squares and circles) pattern on this one.

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The border fabrics for this one are from V and Co’s Spectrum collection (navy), and the grey is from Desert Blooms by Sheri and Chelsi, both for Moda. The backing is a red flannel from Moda.

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And that’s it! Master D seemed to think the result was snuggly enough, so I’m counting it as a win!

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I have two more boy quilts to share this week! Can’t wait to show you!

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A Quilt for Master C

Note before you start: This post details quilt number three of my nine quilts by Christmas series. Click here for an overview of all nine quilts. Click here for details on quilt one or quilt two. For quilts four to nine, stay tuned!

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And at last! We have the first boy’s quilt! This pattern is Hideaway by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. It was a little fiddly at first to get those center crosses right, but then it came together very quickly because the rest of the block is SO big! I am really happy with how it turned out.

The finished quilt size is 67.5″ x 57.5″.

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I really loved picking out the colours and fabric for this one. It’s quite the variety, mostly picked out from my local quilt shop – Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage: a little Sunday Supper (Sweetwater for Moda), a little Flow (Zen Chic for Moda), a little Best. Day. Ever. (April Rosenthal for Moda), a little Grand Canal (Kate Spain for Moda), and a little Grunge (Basic Grey for Moda). There’s a few other wild cards in there that I don’t actually know what they are because I picked them up in mystery boxes in my early stash-building days.

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The orange border and binding is from Flow by Zen Chic (Moda) and the navy plus border is from Sunday Supper by Sweetwater (Moda). The quilting is a square dance edge-to-edge design, and it’s backed in grey suede flannel.

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And Master C seems pretty happy with it!

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We’re going to smash out the remaining three boy quilts over the next week, so I hope you’ll be back soon!

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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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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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚
You can also see more picture on my instagram using the hashtag #ninequiltsbychristmas
Can’t wait to share more!