Remember those crazy first months of the year when we had a whole bunch of quilts accepted by American Patchwork and Quilting and I was sewing like a crazy fool?? Well, first came the Halloween Hoopla quilt that was in last month’s magazine. Now it’s our Christmas quilt. Here it is…
You can find it in the December 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
This one was fun to make and was actually pretty quick to make.
These are the clips from the magazine.
…and these are the clips from my house. I love the magazine pictures but I love my home pictures even more. Here it is hanging off of my porch.
Blog readers have told me that they like hearing the back story on what inspired me to design a quilt. I’ll tell you a big about that…
I started out wanting to make a wedding quilt. I was looking for something I could could some taupe type colors with. I had a lot of scraps that were 2 1/2″ so was thinking I should design something that would use them up. I’ve done three different quilts in similar styles so was looking for something different. I love stars so I thought what about a giant star. I started playing in EQ and there was nothing I could do that would work. My idea was to make it checkerboard so I could use those 2 1/2″ strips.
Look left middle. See how the white triangle edge gets lost in the background fabric? I just did not like it. Checkerboard was out.
I left the design sit and just designed a different quilt. This one…
Which was remade in Halloween colors and was published in last month’s American Patchwork and quilting.
But that star design was still nagging on me. I thought it still had potential but the coloring had to someone change. I came up with this…
Oh…that I liked. There was a clear definition between the star and the background. I liked how there were background fabrics within the star. Hmm. I let that design sit thinking I was done with it.
That’s about the time I decided I like the idea of making the quilt look Christmasy. I changed the colors and again let it sit. I did really like the black background. I thought about submitting it. I was working on it over naptime and then the childcare kids woke up. The design stayed on the computer. After childcare I opened the mail and in it was a magazine of a trip around the world quilt. That’s when it hit me to see if I could a trip around the world in the center of my quilt.
Back to EQ…YEP, that was it. I loved it.
I submitted it and they took the design right away.
Then I contacted Moda and asked for backing fabric and background fabric. I started sewing 2 1/2″ strips together and had the pieces all together while I waited for the fabric to arrive.
Once it was here, I had the quilt sewn together right away. I probably should have sent it to Carla and have her to the longarming. I can imagine she’d have done some amazing work in the black sections…but I was in a hurry chasing a deadline. I hated to drag Carla into the mess. So I stippled it. It’s simple but okay.
For fabrics I pulled most anything that was red, green, or yellow from my 2 1/2″ bucket. There are a couple busy white prints too.
It was tricky trying to figure out how to construct the trip around the world section but once I thought up the “how to”, it was easy to do. They provide good instructions to do it.
Kelli did the math to make the border work. She thought she had it but then didn’t. It was tricky to get the border to work. We ended up making the blocks close to the corners a little bit closer to the corner block than the other spacing is. We did that so you didn’t end up with a funky measurement for the black section in the border. I think it’s totally okay.
It is bound in the same black Bella solid as the background fabric.
The quilt could easily be made up in patriotic fabric. It could done in the light Christmas colors. You can skip the “around the world” and make the center all random. It would be pretty in fall colors or your favorite sports team colors. There are so many options!
It was stripped pieced so it really did together quickly.
Moda provided us with the Grunge Polka dot backing fabric. What a treat that it comes in the 108″ wide backing. This girl was happy to get the fabric. Not piecing a backing…YES please!!
So there you have it. That’s our latest published quilt.
If you make it, I’d love to see your version!! Happy quilting everyone!!
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