Quilts I've Made

A Quilt for Master N

This post belongs to my Nine Quilts by Christmas series. Click here to see how it all began. Click on the following to see quilt one, quilt two, quilt three, or quilt four. For quilts six to nine, stay tuned!

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This quilt went to Master N, the “middle child” of all the nieces and nephews. To be totally honest, Master N sure knows what he likes, and it was his approval that I was most anxious to receive!

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The quilt pattern is double-crossed by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. The finished quilt measures 61″ x 75″. My colour scheme is quite similar to her original – I just couldn’t help being drawn to those blues and greens! The fabrics are a truly random selection from my stash – I couldn’t begin to tell you what’s included in the center panel!

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The border fabrics are a green plus from Sunday Supper by Sweetwater (Moda), and navy ovals from… you know what? I’ll have to go back and check! (It’s still in the shop, but I forgot to write it down!). The backing is a royal blue suede flannel, and the quilting is modern circles.

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Master N was a bit so-so to start – and wouldn’t even unroll his quilt for a photo for me (as evidenced below), but he quickly warmed up to it over Christmas day, and was stretched out and chilling on it before long. When I visited his house the next day the quilt was on his bed, and then dragged out to the swag for his camp-out that night. I’m counting it as a win!

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One last boys quilt to share this week, and then three more girls to finish the series. I’m excited to show you the rest! Don’t forget you can sign up to receive notifications each time I post a new blog – it’s an easy way to make sure you don’t miss the rest!

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 🙂

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