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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Christmas Gift Quilts

I am happy to share with you the quilts I gifted to family at Christmas.

It was really hard not to share photos as I sewed away and completed them. We had a lot of family visit at Christmas and really enjoyed seeing everyone. I think everyone loved the little tv blanket quilts I made them. They are all a throw sized quilt with a fleece back and no batting. Light weight but warm enough to cover up while watching tv in the evening.

The tops were made from fabric I have collected (with the exception of one quilt top) and I used my Accuquilt to cut the pieces. I only used 3 dies between all 10 quilts and cutting went really fast using the dies. I didn't follow any pattern except for figuring out the layout on the pinwheel in the center of the green quilt.

For the backing I decided to buy fleece and I caught a great sale of 50% off which really made me happy. I decided to self bind the quilts with the fleece backing. I love how the fleece backing frames the quilt with this self binding technique. Fleece does a lot of fuzz buildup in the bobbin area both during quilting and binding, so I did a lot of cleaning.

The fabric is busy so most of the quilting stitches blends in on them quite a bit. I did a couple of pantographs quilts, but most of them were just free motion meander on my Handi Quilter Avante. I used Omni thread on the top and bottom line in the bobbin.

There are lots of photos in this post, and I hope you take a look at them all. I tried to match the fabrics for the person receiving them and to me that is part of the fun. I love the process of planning and creating the quilt top and see it come to life. You will see I love color and printed patterns.

Quilting In Process
This bright quilt comes to life on the longarm.

Girly Quilt
Girl quilt with fun prints

Cute cupcake print.
This fleece backing with cupcakes was perfect for the quilt.

vertical strip quilt for boy
Lots of fun boy fabric prints

boy quilt with truck backing
I love the construction truck fleece I found for this quilt.

walking the dog quilt
A quilt for a dog lover and tennis shoes for walking the dogs.

full view of the paw prints and tennis shoes quilt
I love how this quilt looks completed, so bright and yet dark at the same time.

Paw prints on front and back of quilt.
This fleece matches the front perfectly and looks great bound around the edges.

gray and white quilt
Modern and a bit of an eye chart, but I think it works.

mandala fleece backing on modern gray and white quilt.
The fleece is modern and thick and all the gray tones of this quilt work great together.

a quilt for a man that loves the outdoors
An outdoor themed quilt.

Outdoor themed fabric with blue fleece plaid back
I could have gone with a green or tan fleece but blue fits the outdoor theme of sky and water.

boy quilt with superheros and space
A boy quilt with baseballs, Starwars and Batman.

quilt with starwars, batman and baseballs
Perfect for this boy quilt, baseballs on fleece.

Blue and gray fabric with tiny triangle arrowhead print.
Quilt corner folded back to show the printed front and blue mottled fleece back.

blue quilt for a man
I cut some chevron print fabric in strips to make this arrow border that goes around the quilt.
Setting the tumbler shapes on their sides with a kind of positive negative print pattern makes
this feel modern and different than any other tumbler quilt I have made.

Boy quilt with animals, monsters, soccer balls, trains and cars
Such a fun quilt to make with all the bright pieces.
The bright orange inner border breaks up the zillion little print pieces.

boy quilt front and back
Cute dog fleece print goes great with the top.

Soft and pretty purple quilt.
Fun faux fur minky fabric made this the softest quilt of the bunch.

Triangle quilt in purple and white.
I love purple and lavender.

Quilt top and back.
Pretty fleece backing like feathers or palms and I was very lucky to find a
fleece with colors that matches the fabric on the front. There were not many greens
available in fleece.

Pin wheel quilt in green and white.
The pinwheel in the center doesn't show up as well in the photo as in person.

Completed quilts.
A fun pile of the completed quilts.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my quilts, I really enjoyed making them. 


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