Today I'm sharing my most recent finish: this Christmas quilt Doug and I gave to two of our very favorite people.
I've been wanting to make a quilt for these two since I started quilting. They are absolutely dear to us. We don't get to see them as much as we'd like; but when we do, we slide right back into our familiar rhythms and pick right back up like we just saw each other a week ago. They're more than just friends; they're family.
Their home is beautiful; I always get a modern farmhouse vibe when I walk in their front door. It's warm, inviting, and comfortable while still managing to be elegant and lovely. But their home at Christmas is magical! Lots of red and creamy white, with pops of evergreen and neutrals. It's just perfect. So obviously, I had to make them a Christmas quilt. I just had to wait for the right fabric. I knew it had to have lots of red; however it couldn't be a bright in your face candy apple red, but a deeper shade (or shades, as it turned out). I also knew there couldn't be too much green; and that like the reds, the greens couldn't be obnoxious. I wanted more natural tones.
Then I came across the Winter Celebration line and it was love at first sight. In fact, I liked it so much, I stole the title and used it for the name of the quilt! As the name suggests, it's more a celebration of winter than an in your face explosion of Christmas. The collection includes the various shades of red and green that I wanted; but what sealed the deal for me was the ice skates.
Those ice skates immediately brought to mind the antique red skis my friends' hang on one of their walls. I love those skis and the skates just conjured up images of bright snowy days outside skiing or skating.
I added in some red, green, and white shades of Grunge Basics that compliment the colors in this collection and give the eye a place to rest.
I couldn't bear the thought of cutting those skates up into tiny pieces; so when it came time to select a pattern, I chose The Crossing by Kelby Sews. For fellow quilters reading this, the blocks are 14" unfinished. Kelby offers this one as a free tutorial. I highly recommend her blog - it's a great source of quilty inspiration and her tutorials are fantastic!
When it came time to quilt this one, I chose an organic diagonal grid. I did not mark the quilt, instead I eyeballed it while traveling along the corner-to-corner diagonals of these 9-patch blocks.
I selected a print of holly berry sprigs set against a soft, almost white, grey. It's from a different collection, but I thought it complemented the prints on the front nicely. Also, it has just the tiniest bit of shimmer to it, as do the Winter Celebration prints. I added in a strip of another green Grunge to break up the field of berries and give the eye a place to rest.
I chose the green striped print from the Winter Celebration collection to bind the quilt. I originally wanted the red, but couldn't find enough of it anywhere. In retrospect, I'm glad. As I sat on the couch binding the quilt, I realized the red would have been too much. There is a lot going on in this quilt top, and the green binding frames the quilt nicely, but doesn't compete for your attention like the red would have.
I shipped the quilt early, so they could enjoy it prior to Christmas. They received it yesterday and seem quite happy with it, which pleases Doug & me to no end.
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