I debated long and hard on what to write about this week for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I've been quilting like a madwoman all week, trying to finish a new quilt to feature today. Somehow, thanks good coffee and Jimmy Fallon, I'm super excited to share this quilt with you, my hot-off-the-sewing-machine, newly finished 12 Charming Days of Christmas quilt.
Using a charm pack of Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas and some Kona basics, I feel like I made a super fresh modern quilt, and I'm so thrilled to share it today for Amy's Creative Side's Blogger's Quilt Festival!
I challenged myself a lot with this quilt, and that's part of why I'm so proud of having finished it. I created the pattern myself, using Ashley's quartered squares tutorial as a starting point. I adapted it so I could work with a charm pack, and next week I'll be posting the tutorial if you want to make blocks like these ones with charm packs you may have amongst your stash. This block translates into an awesome throw pillow!
Figuring out the math was a nightmare at first, and I joked with my husband that I was using all of that algebra I swore I would never need in school. I had him help me with a lot of the math, and despite his lack of quilting knowledge, it was a big help. It's become abundantly clear that I will not be the parent helping with math homework in our household!
This was also the first quilt that I sketched. After I created the block, I wasn't sure where to go with it, so I got out a composition book and just started sketching. Did I want to do a whole quilt of these blocks? Do a quilt with just one block in the center? Try to make 12 blocks, like the 12 days of Christmas? Maybe just some quilted throw pillows?
I ultimately decided against that, and made 5 blocks, framed them with some Kona Coal and sashed them in Kona White, for a super sleek quilt top that really lets the blocks shine. I am really in love with how this quilt turned out. I'm feeling a lot more confident in my design skills now, and am sketching several other projects in that composition book of mine.
I straight-line quilted this quilt, which is a new concept to me. All of my big quilts have been stippled, and I enjoy stippling, but I felt like this quilt needed a more simple approach to the quilting. I've quilted a few small mug rugs and a doll quilt using straight lines, but this was the first sizable attempt. I used a boatload of painters tape, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It was definitely a challenge, trying to keep things semi-straight, but my lines definitely have a dash of wonkiness to them. It's a good thing that I enjoy that kind of thing!
I learned I still need to work on my basting skills - there are a few wrinkles on the back of the quilt, all said and done. I just read an awesome tutorial on spray basting over at Stitched in Color, and I think I may try that next time around. I learned that I also need to slow down when it comes to binding - I get so excited about finishing sometimes that I make silly mistakes. I had to rip out a a zillion stitches on the binding, which was nothing short of irritating. Lesson learned, though. Slow down!
All in all, this is definitely my favorite quilt that I have made to date. It makes me want to start decorating for Christmas, even though it's not even Halloween yet.