159 days until Christmas! Who’s ready? Maybe me, for once! I mean, I made the quilt top two years ago and only just now got around to quilting it, but that’s not the point. THIS CHRISTMAS, I’ll be ready.
Of course, I also just bought a couple Christmas layer cakes for a scrap quilt class in September, so there’s a good chance that one won’t be done for Christmas, but let’s just focus on this quilt, okay?
This quilt! It was made so I could do a tutorial on the “wavy nine patch border” during Sarah’s blog hop two years ago. (She’s doing it again, there’s a giveaway, make sure you check out her blog! I’ll be posting my project for this year on Monday. It’s a table runner so it will actually be finished!)
I found the Double Four Patch design somewhere - probably Pinterest - and thought it would be a good complement to the border.
I can’t remember if getting the layout with the aqua and red chains was a pain in the butt. Probably - especially with the directional prints. And the design within the block really only works with small scale prints. The big ones, like the white on the middle left, were too big to have much of an effect.
The quilting is double loops to go with the double four patch. Get it? Okay, maybe not. But I was bored and wanted to do something a little different.
The backing is…a flannel sheet from Target! Yes, really. My oldest doesn’t sleep with a top sheet, so I buy the set, give him the fitted sheet and pillowcases, and use the top sheet for quilt backings. He’s in a queen bed, so that makes backings that are plenty wide enough. And Target always has awesome winter designs on clearance in January. These penguins fit right in with the bright colors of the quilt.
Most of the front fabric is by Amanda Murphy. This line is, of course, out of print by now, but her newest Christmas line uses the same cheerful colors. The binding is Pixie Noel by Tasha Noel. It’s perfect and I picked it out two years ago and actually tucked it into the pile with the top and backing so I wouldn’t use it elsewhere before then!