Saturday, November 20, 2010

Retro Christmas Quilt

Ready for the full reveal of the Retro Christmas Quilt?
 Ta-Da!
I've had a little growing collection of retro Christmas prints for a while now and this was the year to finally do something with them.  The prints are so busy that I've struggled to decide how to put them all together.  Once again, white fabric to the rescue (Kona Snow to be specific = seems appropriate for a Christmas quilt).
  Aren't these girls adorable? 
Almost as adorable as this girl.  This is my mom visiting Santa in downtown San Francisco in the 1950's.  I love this picture. 

I think that's the reason I love those vintage kids - they remind me of the Christmas decorations from my mom's childhood that I played with when I was growing up . And they remind me of all those stop-and-go animation Christmas classics, a la Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. (Remember in the prehistoric days before VCR's when you had to watch the TV listings religiously so you wouldn't miss it?)
The quilt was so 'red' - I was excited to find just the right green to finish it off.  I used a green-dot basic by Lecien

 As I mentioned, I cut up the remainder of my fabric to make a few kits for this quilt. There are only a  few - I wish I had more!  They are listed in my etsy shop.  Edit: The kits are gone! Whoa - even faster than I expected. I'm so sorry I don't have more. Seriously, really sorry.


The pattern is available for only $6.50. It is available in the Pattern Shop.
I'm also doing a little bit of Christmas fabric de-stash.  I have three one last set of 200+ 4 1/2" squares listed as well. There are enough squares there to easily make a quick throw-size Christmas quilt.  (These are the same size squares used in the new quilt pattern.) 
Last, my girls are earning some Christmas money selling die-cut coordinating Christmas gift tags. These are cut from American Crafts paper. Each set is $4.50 and contains 25 tags in three different sizes and a large variety of prints. There are two different collections: traditional red/green and another that's blue/red/green/brown. All are very chic and classy. Shipping is free if included with another purchase and even if it's not, we're keeping it super cheap. :) 

Thanks again for your kind comments and for your support of my sporadic etsy endeavors.  It's always more work that I think it will be, but it's fun to share something that I enjoy so much - and I'm glad to know some of you people out there enjoy it too. 

34 comments:

Jodi said...

Love that retro quilt - so fun and happy!

paulette said...

Gorgeous quilt and I love the picture of your mom and Santa!! Brought back some memories...! Take care!
Paulette

Petit Design Co. said...

I can't believe you whipped that up already. It looks fabulous. I had seen those retro prints before and hadn't bought any. But I do have a stash of Sherri Berry holiday!

Kristie said...

Fa-la-la-la-LOVE this! Just bought the kit :-) Will aim to get it done for next year! Also got some cute tags from your kiddos. Happy Christmas! Beautiful quilt, Amy!

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Beautiful Christmas quilt!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

What a beautiful Christmas quilt! I love all the interesting fabrics, and you do a great job combining all of them.

Beckers said...

Where did you get the holiday happy from? Thanks

Deb said...

I just checked your link and the green dots don't show up for Holiday Happy. I'm really interested in purchasing some as I just purchased the quilt kit. Thanks so much.

Darlene's Quilts and Stuff said...

I love your quilt I grew up in the 50's like your mom. Good memories.

Jan Hatchett said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I also love the nostalgia prints from holidays gone by! Thanks for sharing it!

Katy said...

It's just darling! Great job!

JayTee said...

love the quilt..I love bright green & red

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

I am so happy I was able to get a kit!!!! I can't wait to start my quilt!!!

Mary Kate said...

I'm not surprised you sold out of the kits -- super cute quilt!

Leila said...

Oh! That will teach me not to check your blog hourly! :) Love the quilt!

Angela said...

Beautiful! I wish I would've gotten my act toether this year and made a Christmas quilt. Maybe next year. :)

live a colorful life said...

amy, that quilt is fabulous! And the green and white polka dot binding could NOT be more perfect!

nettie said...

oh, i love it! every year i have plans to make a christmas quilt and every year it falls off my to-do list.

Cathy H. said...

Your quilt is wonderful!!

SewSara said...

i really love it, amy!! that back fabric AND the retro fabric are just TOO fabulous. love.

lifeinredshoes said...

Wow! Sure wish I had gotten in on a kit for this beauty. Can you imagine how many you could have sold?

Haylee said...

oh my goodness, this quilt is amazing!! I seriously can't get over how gorgeous it is.

Marcia said...

GREAT quilt ... beautiful! You should take that pic of your mom & Santa and fabric print it for use as the label on the back :)

Jodie B-C said...

I love the quilt...and the picture! What a great treasure that is!

Anina said...

What a fun quilt!

jezibels said...

I just bought one of your sets of stash fabrics, I cannot wait to get it! I could not decide who to make a quilt for so Ill try and streatch the fabric to make one for my Mom and one for my Mom in Law for Christmas!!! Thank you Amy!

Dresden Quilter said...

I love this quilt. It is so fabulous! All the fabrics are great. I feel like getting out all of my Christmas decorations.

Jennifer said...

Just love the Christmas picture of your mom. So great. The quilt is super cute. Great job! I just love reading your blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

a little bit biased said...

Aghh! I love those fabrics! Great job and congrats on a beautiful quilt/pattern!

PioneerValleyGirl said...

Such a great quilt - I really like the retro Christmas fabrics. Makes me want to dig out the Charlie Brown Christmas DVD, but I think it's a bit early still

amylouwho said...

Ack! I need that pattern! I have most of those same prints that I won a couple of years ago and haven't known what to do with them either! This is perfect! Such a great job!

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

lovely quilt and so much happiness, retro is definitively the way to go!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love love this quilt. It is so cute. I have a pic like that from the 60s, but very similar. My mom would take me to the department store and I'd sit on santa's lap every year for a photo.

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

Hi Amy! I bought one of your sets and made my own quilt!! It was so easy and the quilt came out lovely!! here is a link to it:
http://livingmysweetlife.blogspot.com/2010/12/retro-christmas-quilt.html