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J’s Christmas Quilt

I was looking at my quilt photos & realized I didn’t blog about J’s Christmas quilt for 2012!
For the past 2 Christmas’, I’ve made J a special quilt with distinct custom quilting. For the 2012 quilt, he actually noticed the pattern in a magazine when we were at a quilt shop. I was busy picking out other fabrics & before I knew it, there was a pile of fabric bolts next to me & him smiling saying “I want a quilt with these fabrics!” He had found a modern pattern (that I basically completely changed) that he chose batiks for (big surprise about the batiks if you know J).

I was able to piece it at a quilt retreat with friends back in June of 2012 & then it sat on the shelf. Then about December 22 I realized I didn’t have a quilt for him, so I dug the top out & grabbed some Hawaiian fabric for the backing.


Since I wanted to create a secondary pattern with the quilting, I pulled out my circle templates & quilted radiating circles in a random pattern. It was so much fun to just plop a template on the quilt & have at it!

And best of all- he loved the quilt & the circle design!

A Finish!

So here’s a quilt I pieced & quilted in the same year!  For myself!  I know- who would have thought?You might remember my talking about piecing the quilt.It came together very easily & since I actually bought the backing & binding at the same time (another marvelous idea!)- I had it prepped & ready to go on my “to be quilted” shelf in no time.

Then last Friday came around & I decided to give myself a challenge.  To see how fast I could quilt this 70×70 quilt in my free motion custom style- without getting hung up on perfection & overthinking the quilting & all those things that keep me from quilting my own quilts.

So I loaded it onto the frame without a quilting design in mind & pow!  It came to me!  Wavy lines!  The red plus signs would go in one direction & the blue in the opposite- I could then travel from plus sign to plus sign to keep thread breakage at a minimum & still do all the red’s in a red thread & blue in blue thread- perfect!

So I “winged” it!  & timed myself & finished the whole quilt in 2.25 hours!


Put the binding on at a retreat that evening & hand stitched it down a week later.   Voila!  A finished quilt!  & for myself!  That I didn’t overthink & stress & just had fun with!

I may be my new favorite quilt…..

(Sorry for the washed out photos- it’s actually a very bright quilt.)

Tie Dye Quilt

Some of you might wonder if I’m still quilting what with all these posts about recipes & knitting!

Here’s a quilt I made up a bit ago- I had a charm pack that didn’t quite make a large enough quilt.  Found the border fabric at a LQS.

I’m really happy with the quilting.  I wanted to keep a “modern” feel, so I did some ruler work to focus on the hard lines.  Nothing fancy, just some simple light quilting.

Overall, I have to say I’m very happy with this little quilt!  It came out better than I anticipated.

Isn’t that a great surprise?  :)