Tuesday, January 1, 2013

ella's christmas quilt : finished

As promised, here are some pictures & details about Ella's quilt, which I finished just before Christmas & am just now getting around to blogging about....  (Pictures taken by my Uncle John!  Thank you John ~ I owe you!)


I quilted this on the long arm at my LQS with a pantogram pattern.  (They have a computerized long arm so don't think I did this free hand!)  Since I used charm packs for this quilt, I didn't have anything left over to use on the back, so the back is just a solid purple / lavender that matches the purple dresses on the little girls in the Children at Play fabric.  (You can read more about the making of this quilt top here and here.)  Purple is Ella's favorite color, which was the main reason I went with purple.

A few close up pictures.... I love those little girls!  

I went with a black & white striped binding.  I've followed Rita's blog for quite awhile now and I love her striped bindings.  So I shamelessly copied her.  

And one last picture (that I took myself - can't you tell?)....  I initially forgot to sew my label into the binding, so I had to go back and rip the binding stitches out and add the label.  

I loved making this quilt & I hope Ella loves it too.  She wouldn't let me take any pictures of her holding it ~ maybe someday. ;)

Quilt Stats:
 Fabric: Aneela Hoey's "A Walk in the Woods", "Little Apples", & "Sherbet Pips" : one charm pack of each line
             "Pinwheels", "Summer Gardens", and "Dolls" from Sarah Jane's "Children at Play" line
              Michael Miller Ta-Dot (black polka dot on white background)
              Backing - purple Moda solid (forgot to document the name)
              Batting - Warm & Natural
              Binding - Kensington for Quilting Treasures
Pattern: simple patchwork using 5" charm squares (4.5" finished)
Dimensions: 50" x 72"
Started piecing on: August 24th, 2012
Finished piecing on: September 1st, 2012
Quilted: on long arm at Quilt-N-Kaboodle by me using computerized pantogram
Made for: my niece Ella for Christmas 2012

Linking up to Lily's Quilts Small Blog Meet:
Lily's Quilts
And linking up to Finish It Up Friday hosted by Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts.



  1. Love the binding. Great quilting. I have tried free motion but I think I will need more practise.

  2. Great fabrics, and I'm impressed with the quilting.

  3. What a charmingly beautiful quilt! Love that purple that makes all that lovely quilting pop!

  4. Lovely quilt! I think the binding was an excellent choice ;)

  5. beautiful! the purple backing just makes it so easy to see the wonderful quilting, as well as being Elle's favourite - we all win! Great job on Ava's quilt as well!

  6. oh that quilting is so sweet - just love the finished quilt and I'm sure it will be a hit.

  7. This is a beautiful quilt! The fabrics are adorable and the quilting looks amazing :)

  8. What a sweet panto! Gorgeous purple backing. And I love that binding. Very sweet quilt. :)

  9. I'm so glad you decided to link up at Whoop Whoop Fridays, too! What an adorable quilt, made with some of my favorite lines of fabric. And beautiful quilting! Whoop whoop!!

  10. Valerie,
    Very cute choice of fabrics. Thanks for sharing. snuggle up it's cold outside here! Janita

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