Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Finish: Christmas Quilts

My grandchildren love having Christmas blankets through the holidays. Years ago I made several out of the same pattern, Just Can't Cut It (available here). It's a super easy pattern, goes together quickly and is perfect for those larger scale prints that you don't want to chop into tiny pieces.

Charlotte and Levi each already have a Christmas quilt, so this was the year to get Gabe and Ella covered up.

I had started the blocks for Gabe's quilt last year, and then time got away from me. This year I was able to finish his, and in the space of a couple hours one Sunday afternoon, chose the fabric and completed Ella's quilt too.

Gabe's quilt is mostly red and green, but I didn't have enough of any single print for the border, so it was fun to make a scrappy border.
Years ago, probably over ten years actually, I purchased 3 1/2 yards of the cutest Christmas fabric and I have been waiting, and waiting, for the perfect project to use it. Gabe is already quite an artist. He loves drawing, and I knew this was just the right backing as it looks hand drawn.
Ella loves pink, so I gathered all the pink Christmas fabric I could find. Cute nutcracker fabric and gingerbread houses seemed like the perfect choices. I used a couple of non-traditional fabrics in her--the cherries, which included some chocolate covered cherries, and also some hoarded Sandi Henderson Henna Garden in the red and pink colorway. Because all the sweetness needing a little toning down, I chose brown for the inner border, just like a ribbon of chocolate.

These two were beautifully quilted by Darby, with super speedy turnaround time.

I had a hard time finding a good place to photograph them, and the lighting was not ideal, but I was anxious to deliver the quilts.

I hope these quilts keep them warm and remind them each of how loved they are.
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Have a lovely weekend.


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Grandma said... #

A Christmas quilt for each, love them.

Robby said... #

Such wonderfully thoughtful quilts. They are small enough it might be a while before they fully understand how much of your love went into those, but they will always be treasured.

Needled Mom said... #

Those are such fun with the cute novelty print. The little ones will cherish these for years and think of you each time they bring them out.

Ariane said... #

These are such beautiful girls for your grandchildren! They will love them!

doodlebugmom said... #

love them all! and that mitten fabric is too cute :)

Dondi M said... #

What a great treasure for them to give to their future children! I have used this pattern, but I really love the way you used busy prints in the large squares. My large squares were low key and thus rather boring. Now I'm glad I didn't throw the pattern out.

Vicki in MN said... #

Wonderful quilts, love those stripes in the binding. Happy Holidays!

lindaroo said... #

What fun, to think of your g-kids snuggled up in their custom-made quilts. Each loving detail is delightful. Gabe's snowglobes and Ella's gingerbread houses are great compliments to their personalities, and they go great with their brother's and sister's quilts. Don't you love the curling ribbon design of Darby's quilting? Happy Christmas to all!

Val's Quilting Studio said... #

Oh Gabe's is my just screams kid!!!

Debbie said... #

what a great idea!

Danette said... #

So adorable. I'm sure they love them!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said... #

Congrats on your finishes. They both are great. Love that backing print. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF hosted @ Anja Quilts.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said... #

What gorgeous quilts they are Cindy. I'm sure your lovely grandchildren will enjoy sleeping under them.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Adorable Christmas quilts. The pink nutcrackers are really cute. Your grandkids are lucky to receive such fun gifts from you plus cookie time too.

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