Fair Isle Quilt

It’s been a long time since I wore a Christmas sweater, but my kids think they’re great.  The Ugly Christmas Sweater trend seems to be everywhere, and still going strong.  And oh, my, are there some truly ugly ones out there!  This Fair Isle quilt is like a Christmas sweater on a quilt.

The Fair Isle quilt pattern is by Lee from Freshly Pieced.  I purchased it five years ago (ouch) when she first released it, and it’s been a start/stop project ever since.  For the most part, it was a fun pattern to make, and not too difficult.

The quilt comes together in rows, and the pattern is well written with clear instructions for cutting and sewing.

At first I resisted just cutting all the pieces, but ended up doing it and keeping them in separate ziploc bags while I worked on it.

Honestly, I stalled on the reindeer.  I wanted to piece them in longer strips instead of all those one inch squares.  It seemed like more work than necessary and my reluctance to just follow the pattern and sew them together in squares is most of the reason why it took me so long to finish this quilt.  When I finally humbled myself and just did it, I found that they came together quickly and easily.

My advice if you make this pattern is this:  just follow the instructions and it will all turn out great.  I have no idea why I needed to learn this lesson again.  If I’d done this at the beginning, we would have been enjoying this quilt for the last few years.

I found a fun fair isle style fabric to use for the backing, and it inspired me to add some blue to my quilt top.  I quilted straight horizontal lines and added solid green binding to complete the quilt.

The Fair Isle quilt is a happy, cheerful quilt that was fun to make in spite of my starts and stops over the years.  I hope we enjoy it for many years to come!

Prosper Christmas Quilt

WJust keep quilting, just keep quilting!  Sometimes it takes a message like that to reach the finish line with a quilt.  My shoulders and neck are still tight from wrestling this quilt through my Juki, but it was worth it.  I’ve finished my Prosper Christmas Quilt!

I made this quilt with my Prosper Quilt Pattern and a bundle of Swell Christmas fabric by Moda.  I threw in a number of solids and prints from other collections as well.  It’s a happy combination of color and prints, and makes a lovely quilt.

I quilted my Prosper Christmas quilt with scallops, using an acrylic ruler to create the pattern.  It’s got plenty of mistakes, but is much better than last time I tried this pattern.  I’m getting better!

Overall I think the texture of the quilting is fantastic.  I love how it looks in this light.  It takes a lot of patience to quilt an allover design like this, but I’m glad I did it.

I got really lucky this year and found the green poinsettia print on clearance.  Then I was so excited about buying it that I didn’t even think about measurements and only bought four yards.  I needed more than that, so there is a skinny strip of a red and white ticking stripe at the top of the back.  It plays well with all the other fabrics and I like it.  But seriously, why didn’t I stop and think?

I dug through my stash to find a binding instead of shopping for one.  This red and white scallop is perfect and I had fun adding it to finish the quilt.  Once again, I finished this binding by machine because I have a hundred other things to be doing!  I want to use this quilt for snuggling tonight when we read our Christmas story.

This last photo is a record of my son’s funny Rudolf snowman.  It makes me laugh.  He’s got a radish for a nose, and I think the antlers and stubby legs are great.  Life is wonderful, isn’t it?  And wrapping quilts I made around people I love makes it even better.

Christmas Color Stack Quilt

My frantic efforts to finish up Christmas quilts continue.  I haven’t quite reached my goal of a month with a festive Christmas quilt at the foot of each bed, but I’m really hoping to finish them this year so I can enjoy them next year.  I keep saying this is my gift to my 2020 self.  I made my Christmas Color Stack quilt top last year, and now it’s a finished quilt!

I still love the colors in this one.  It’s a mash-up of all the reds, greens, pinks and plenty of blues with a few oranges thrown in for good measure.  Definitely not my most traditional Christmas quilt, but lots of fun.

I decided to be brave with my quilting, and with thread color.  The bright red thread blends well in some spots and sticks out in others.  I quilted long feathers in each row, going opposite directions from one row to the next.  It felt a little tedious when I was quilting it, but the more I look at it now, the more I like it.

In the skinny rows I did a smaller pattern and it worked well.

Overall the texture is great and we will enjoy this quilt for many years, I hope!

I used the same Alexander Henry nutcracker print on the back that I used in the inserted strips on the front.  This print was the original inspiration behind putting ALL the colors in the quilt top.  I made a scrappy binding for this one.  It is finished by machine to save me time in an already crazy week.

My Christmas Color Stack Quilt is made using my Color Stack Pattern .  I added measurements for the inset strip in my post about the quilt top .  It’s a fun pattern that is easy to make!

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