Monday, November 15, 2010

A Christmas of Whirlygiggles Quilt

It feels so nice to finish up a quilt.  I often feel like doing a big happy dance after I finish sewing the binding onto a quilt, or better yet, when I pull a brand new, washed and finished quilt out of the dryer.  It's sappy to say, but it's really cool to make something out of a stack of fabric.




This quilt is going up to Connecticut for my sister-in-law and her family.  I'm sure they'll put it to good use, what with the ridiculous cold weather up there and such.

I began piecing this quilt using a Thimbleblossoms pattern, Wild Thing, though I wound up only adding one border rather than 2.




I really like the fun feeling the whirlygiggle blocks give to this quilt.  I adore Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas line, and it worked really beautifully in these blocks.  I love the whimsical feeling of this line, it's just so darling.




I'm debating whether or not I should encourage my sister-in-law to open this quilt up before the holidays so they can enjoy it longer.  I'm planning on getting it in the mail right after Thanksgiving.






Size: 55" x 60"
Fabrics: 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics and Kona Meringue
Quilting: Meandering stipple stitch in cream thread
Argh Moment: Thread!  While I was quilting, my thread was not cooperating.  I had my thread break no less than 8 times, which never happened before on my machine.  After cleaning out my machine, the problem continued, so I Googled it, and found that when it doubt, replace the needle.  So I did, and all was well.  Lesson learned!
Yay Moment: Finally feeling confident when adding the border, certain that it was measured correctly and would line up just right.

By the way, this is what happens when you take a toddler with you to a quilt photo shoot.  Insanity ensures!



I'm linking up to a Christmas online quilt show, hosted by Sew Cal Gal, so if you're into holiday quilts, make sure to check it out!

44 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt! Your sister-in-law will certainly love it :)

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  2. elizabeth, i love your quilt!! so much fun! so glad you enjoyed sewing with 12 days...you certainly made it look great and your sister-in-law is in for a treat. i live in CT too, and so far it's been really mild this fall. your quilt will probably arrive just in time to bundle up! hugs to you (and happy sewing), kate

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  3. this is beautiful...i started a christmas quilt with this fabric, i better get cracking if i want to get it finished.

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  4. What a beautiful quilt! I love the 12 days fabric line. This was a great use of the fabric! I know your sister-in-law will love it!

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  5. Gorgeous! I'm so impressed with your quilting. And I love whirlygiggles! Gotta do one with that sometime soon!

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  6. I really like the whirlygiggles!! that is a great fabric line!

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  7. I love it. So bright and cheery. By the way, you photograph your quilts very well. I'm still learning.

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  8. Very nice....I agree 12 Days was the perfect fabric for this pattern. I'm sure your SIL will love it.

    Lisa
    in ridiculously cold MA :-)

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  9. Great quilt and great quilt! I love pulling a new quilt out of the dryer too. It is the best feeling ever! : )

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  10. Your sister-in-law and her family are going to be so happy to receive that beauty. You're right, it is cheerful and fun to look at. Nice job.

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  11. The quilt is very pretty. That pattern seems to go well with all kinds of fabrics.

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  12. very pretty! Let the sister in law open early..I'd want to enjoy this pretty quilt this Christmas, too.

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  13. I love this quilt!! It's beautiful!!!

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  14. I love the quilt! I am sure she'll be so pleased to receive it and even open it early!

    Your little guy's a cutie!

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  15. Hi Elizabeth. Your quilt is gorgeous!
    I love the Kate Spain fabric and it works so well in the whirlygig pattern. Great choice.
    This is a wonderful gift.
    Love the photos, too.

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  16. Your quilt is beautiful and so are the pictures!!! I completely understand about the happy dance, I feel like that after I complete any project. Again Great job!!!

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  17. so pretty! i definitely think you should have her open it early. when i get christmas goodies for christmas, i always regret that i can't enjoy them longer since we put it all away soon after the holiday. :)

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  18. Your quilt is beautiful. I love the color and fabric.

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  19. This is gorgeous! I need to get going on my own 12 Days quilt...

    Jennifer :)

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  20. Cute quilt! And I love this fabric! If I see any more great quilts made of this line I may break down and buy it -

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  21. Beautiful! I wish I had the time to make a Christmas quilt this year. Definitely on the agenda for next year. I may start it in January!

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  22. I vote give it to her early. A quilt this lovely needs to be enjoyed early and long. Love Lois

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  23. This is lovely. Your sister-in-law will love it I'm sure.

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  24. Lovely quilt....I have that pattern too and I love anything by Kate Spain!

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  25. Oh goodie! One of my favorite patterns and you used Kate Spain! And I love the border fabric you picked!

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  26. A great finish... and wonderful quilt!
    Yes, yes, yes! Have your SIL open it when she receives it!
    Let her enjoy it early! :-)

    ...Karen

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  27. That is one pretty quilt!
    Hope she does open early...I would...;-)

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  28. Very impressive, beautiful colours and a fun design. Well done, it's a georgeous gift, your sister is going to be ecstatic!

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  29. Let you sister open it early and start using it.. it is a lovely quilt and she will love it.

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  30. That is my favorite holiday fabric this year, I'm still working on my quilt. Your's is wonderful.

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  31. I love the colors and fabric and learning so much.

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  32. What a beautiful quilt! Love the color and fabrics, perfectly holiday :) Whenever my machine acts up my mom's voice comes in "Rethread the whole thing". Boo. Now I'll have to add a new needle to the checklist! :) Thanks for linking up to Fabric Tuesday! See you next week :)

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  33. How can you not smile when you look at this quilt?

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  34. Love the colors in this pretty quilt

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  35. Beautiful! I'm sure your SIL will love it whenever she's allowed to open it.

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  36. I love the fabric - beautiful quilting.

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  37. That is gorgeous!!! I like it a lot!
    Elzaan

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  38. wow, you are so strong...giving away that quilt! It is so cheery and festive. A Whirlygig quilt is on my list. LOVE YOUR QUILT!

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  39. Lucky sister-in-law. Beautiful quilt. Love it.
    Thanks for sharing in the Christmas Quilt Show. I hope you are also enjoying the other quilts in this show. I know I am.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  40. Your quilt is gorgeous! Your sister-in-law and her family is going to love it!

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  41. I love those fabrics too - in fact, I made some pinwheels but havn't put them together yet. After seeing yours I'm inspired to get back to them. :) blessings, marlene

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