Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas-y {quilts and all}

Come down from that sugar high yet?  Yeah, I have some backups in reserve for later tonight ;)  But, really, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  My favorite part was sneaking over to grandma's house as a family just before bed to deliver daddy-made cedar reindeer in the dark.  Brandon made a buck and doe for both sets of grandparents, and it was so great to be able to really delight them with an unexpected gift this year!  And the kids were sooooo quiet as we crept across the lawn.  It was priceless!

Christmas pjs

I thought of you on Christmas morning, trying to catch a picture of my littles in their mama-made pj's, but no luck. Here's Liam this morning drawing while mom and dad caught up on our sleep.  I'll get one of the two of them eventually.  Happily, the pjs fit perfectly!  But, I'm not so sure about those kimono ties.   Aria has trouble keeping them from falling out.  I may just outfit hers with buttons eventually.

Here are some snapshots from our Christmas day:

Aria and kitty Susan

Christmas toys

Christmas gifts <3

Brandon very sweetly tried to surprise me with something not on my wish list, but when a box came from "Anna Maria Horner" for Brandon, well, I had a pretty good idea what might be inside. And I was not a bit disappointed on Christmas morning!

our family

So here we are on Christmas day underneath our new jumbo Christmas-y quilt.  Yeah!  At 76" x 58" it's truly, really big enough for all!  I'm so glad I plunked down the cash for the flannel ta dot backing too.  Really makes it cuddly!

Finished Christmas-y quilt

You can see here that I put together a really simple patchwork pattern with large cuts and lots of saturated colors.  I love how the Amy Butler wallflower prints contrast with those Kaffe Fassett stripes, and it's all pulled together with Meet the Gang by Marisa of Creative Thursday for Andover (in stock at Whipstitch, The Intrepid Thread, Sew Modern and Hawthorne Threads).

in Meet the Gang by Marissa of Creative Thursday

My original plan was to put some curves spliced through this quilt, but that plan changed for a number of reasons.... one being I wanted it done by Christmas and liked it this way quite well enough!

diamond quilting!

Even though I knew I wanted diamonds, I almost wimped out on the quilting remembering what trouble I'd had trying to make diamonds on Aria's voile and double gauze Fairytale Patchwork quilt. But, I gave it a go using a hera marker to mark all of my quilting lines before basting.  I was really, really, really pleased with how easy it was to quilt, even being so large.  No pins (I spray baste) and no need to stop and mark as I went = gleeful quilting, at last!

wrapped up in newsprint

I showed my daddy on Christmas day, when they were over to celebrate, that I'd bound my Christmas-y quilt with newsprint fabric because it reminds me of how he'd wrap our presents in newspaper and we'd know those were the ones Dad bought all by himself just for us.  The binding is made with two Hometown by Sweetwater prints intermixed.  I think it lends a modern vibe to this funny mix of sweet characters, rich hues and bold prints. But the binding used up almost all of my Hometown, which is in stock at Pink Castle and Fresh Modern Fabrics.  I know because I've added them to my Etsy-wish-to-buy favorites!

So, yes, a Merry Christmas was certainly had in our snug little home.  Thank-you for your kind well-wishes!  I'm off to hunt down some leftover sweets. See you soon!

22 comments:

  1. Fun quilt! Cool that the whole family can cuddle under it!!

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  2. Liam's jammies are perfect and so is the quilt. Love all those fabrics with meet the game and the ta dots on back are perfect. The best part is the newsprint binding and sweet story behind it. Glad you had a merry christmas!

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  3. the quilt came out beyond fabulous... love it!!

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  4. I love your Christmasy quilt. Looks fabulous, and the PJs are wonderful, too. I got the same sewing book from my husband, I already went through it so many times, I hope to make something inspired by it soon.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your Christmas day photos of your adorable family! Your quilt is so cozy and wonderful!

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  6. It all sounds and looks gorgeous - love the meaning behind the binding on the Christmas quilt - bet your dad was tickled! Love the thought of the buck and doe - would love to see a pic! How cute

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  7. I love the light colored binding! Beautiful quilt Rachel!

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  8. I made those jammies a couple of years ago, and the kimono tie ripped out the second or third night she wore them. Plus, I didn't like the bulk of the tie under her arm, so I changed it to a sew-in snap.
    And when I make another pair, I'll just start with the snap. :) The tie is cute, and a really neat design feature, but it's just not practical on my littles.
    Happy New Year!!

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  9. I've been a long time reader but never commented until now... just had to say how sweet and heartwarming the paragraph about the binding reminding you of your dad & Christmas as a kid was! It really made me smile :) Merry Christmas!

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  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! It's nice to see new traditions forming, while keeping the old ones, too.

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  11. The Christmas quilt is lovely! The large patchwork really lets the prints shine. And it looks like you and your family had a very fun Christmas. I love the image of you all creeping through the night with reindeer!

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  12. I love your quilt! So glad your kiddos' pjs fit- that's the worst, when you make something and it doesn't fit! My hubby tried to surprise me with new fabric from Hawthorne Threads (my fave!), but had it mailed to the office and it didn't come in time! He figured I'd see the return addy and know what it was.... but it'll be a great after Christmas present when it comes! hahaha

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  13. Your quilt looks comfy cozy. One of the quilts I made has a flannel back. It went to my oldest son and is surely my most cuddly quilt that I made.

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  14. Aww, that quilt looks fab, and glad Santa was good to you all!

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  15. I love how Christmasy the quilt is without Christmas fabric. Love it. And way to go Brandon on your gift! I was looking thru that book at the store the other day, it is GORGeous.

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  16. Wonderful quilt. Happy, smiling, beautiful children. Thoughtful hubby. Happy memories. Yup. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for sharing some of the fun photos.

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  17. Love your simple Christmas quilt, great job!!! Merry Christmas

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  18. You are really nice family!!! And the quilt... great!!! :-) J.

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  19. Wonderful quilt! I just had to chuckle a little at your husband in his skull cap, in the house. My husband wears his in the house all the time, I keep it too cold. It's a good thing we make quilts to keep them nice and comfy warm :)

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  20. Glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas! :)

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  21. Love your quilt can you share the block sizes please as would love to whip one up too. Happy New Year

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