Friday, December 28, 2012

ava's christmas quilt : finished

I finished Ava & Ella's Christmas quilts just before Christmas.  I quilted them both on the long arm at my LQS!  I used pantograms for both quilts as they are simple patchwork quilts and I didn't need anything "fancy".  Although I do think they are very nice and fairly detailed pantograms.  (More on Ella's quilt in a future post.)

My Uncle John took pictures of the quilts (on his awesome deck!).  Thank you, John!  I owe you big time!  Now here comes a barrage of pictures:

I had a few blocks left over after I finished piecing the top, so I put those on the back of the quilt.

I decided to bind Ava's quilt with the green chevron fabric from V & Co's line Simply Color.  I love the look of it.  I didn't quite cut the fabric correctly, but now I know in the future to cut my binding strips based on the fabric.  I think I will stock up on these chevrons for future bindings!  (The pictures that follow were taken by me - as you can probably tell!  I forgot to ask John to get some pictures of the binding.)

A little close-up detail of the quilting on the back.....

One more picture I took myself while perching on the edge of the my deck railing, trying not to fall into the bushes.... (much better & safer to have John take pictures).

And here is Ava holding up her quilt on Christmas Eve....

I think she liked it :-D

Quilt Stats:
 Fabric:  Miscellaneous fabrics from Hobby Lobby
                Michael Miller Ta-Dot in pink, raspberry, aqua, & grape
                Backing – green Stonehenge fabric (forgot to document the details)
                Batting  Warm & Natural
                Binding – white & lime green dotted zig zag from the Simply Color fabric line by V & Co for Moda
Pattern: simple patchwork, strip pieced using 3” strips (finished at 2.5” squares)
Dimensions: 50" x 70"
Started quilt top: May 2012
Finished quilt top: August 3rd, 2012
Quilted: on long arm at Quilt-N-Kaboodle by me using computerized pantogram
Made for: my niece Ava for Christmas 2012

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday hosted by Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts.



  1. I love it!! So many bright colors!

  2. I love the quilting pattern. I need to learn to do that. I have a long arm, but I only do stippling on it :(

    1. I used the computerized long arm at my local quilt shop, so the computer ran the long arm. So I can't take credit for the quilting pattern - all I did was pick it out on the computer! I tried to do some simple meandering with it the other day and I wasn't very good at it - so you've got me beat there!

  3. Love,love,love the quilting on this one!!

  4. Fantastic quilt. The colors are so happy!

  5. Wow, Valerie! That is one spectacular quilt - the colors just sing! Whoop whoop!!

  6. The quilt is so pretty and what a great smile!

  7. Beautiful Val -- I am sure faith would love one! ;)

  8. Love those beautiful bold colors and the quilting pattern you chose. Nice job!

  9. Whoop whoop! I love your colour choice! So bright and powerful! I always loved postage stamp quilts and "real" patchwork quilts. Great work, Valerie!

  10. I love this quilt it is fantastic. I love the small blocks like this. Thanks for linking up.

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