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Two Christmas Quilts January 24, 2017

Filed under: quilts — faithandfamily @ 8:38 pm

It seems like I haven’t sewn in forever. I just haven’t felt like I have the time anymore. But I’ve managed to fit it in lately, and it is so good to be back!

My sister-in-law moved to Bangladesh in the summer of 2015. In preparation for the move, she sold or gave away most of her belongings. I acquired a lot of her sewing stuff. Amidst the treasures, she gave me a set of vintage sheets and told me that she had wanted to make a quilt with them, but she never got around to it. I knew immediately that I was going to make that quilt for her. I wanted it to be something she could take back to Bangladesh with her to remind her of home and of family. I knew they were coming back to the states for a few months in the summer of 2016, so my goal was to have it done in time for them to take back with them when they returned to Bangladesh. As it turned out, terrorism kept them from returning, but I still wanted to make the quilt for her, maybe even as a remembrance of the time apart and as a symbol of hope if she ends up in another lonely place in the future. img_0554

I ended up really loving this quilt, and she did too. The basic idea for the blocks can be found here. It’s called the Tuscan Cuddle. Of course, I didn’t use precut fabrics, as the pattern suggests. I used four different fabrics, including the white. I felt like the white was important to break up the busyness of the yellows. When I was cutting the fabric, I cut every fabric into twelve 10″ squares. I kept 7 squares whole,  I cut four squares in half for the rectangles, and I cut one whole square plus one of the rectangles into quarters to make the smaller squares. I rotated the fabrics and made sure that each of the blocks had one of each of the 4 different fabrics. Once my blocks were assembled (with one large square, two rectangles and a small square), I sewed the blocks together with 4 across and 5 down, for a total of 20 complete blocks. This made a nice, generous lap size. This was the visual I used when I was planning the quilt:

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I hope this visual helps if you decide to try something similar.

The other quilt I made was for my mom. I’ve made many quilts over the years for many people, but I’ve never made one for my mom. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt before I mailed it off, but here is a picture of the finished quilt top before I added the border:

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I used this pattern and I tried to pick traditional fabrics that would match her living room. This made a nice, generous-sized lap quilt.

It was good to be back with my sewing machine again. While sewing, I listened for hours to podcasts and even managed to position my phone so that I could watch Netflix while sewing. It was really restful and fulfilling. It’s good to be back.

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