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A Christmas Quilt

This quilt was made as a Christmas gift this year, but I can share it because I already presented it to it’s recipients.  For years now I’ve wanted to make a quilt for my husband’s parents, but I’ve had a hard time deciding on just the right quilt to make. In November I suddenly knew exactly what I should do. (I love when that happens.)

I had a little collection of nine-patch blocks made from Civil War-era reproduction fabrics. I pulled them together into a quilt that made me totally happy for many reasons.

First, I love the brown in there – gives the quilt some depth and makes it not just “Christmas-y.”

Second, my in-laws live in Frederick, Maryland – right in the middle of Civil War battlefields and memorials, so a Civil War-inspired quilt seems fitting.

Third, whenever I think of Civil War and Christmas put together, I think of Little Women. I LOVE that book and the 1994 movie too. (Makes me cry every time.) Well, the first time I met my husband’s family (when we were dating) my then-future-husband’s younger brother  kept pointing to my hair (which was long at the time) and talking about “Little Homen”. His mom immediately cracked-up and explained that he loved Little Women and we had a great bonding moment over that movie. I took it as a sign right away that I would really like this family. πŸ™‚  And I was right.  We had a great time with them here over Thanksgiving and I was able to give them the quilt then. And I will happily add that it was joyously received.Yay!

I also love that this quilt came entirely from the stash.  I think the binding fabric may be my favorite of all.

And now, here we are almost half-way through December. I can’t believe how fast this month is flying by. I keep trying to stop and savor the season. It’s kind of not fair that as a kid, December seems interminable and Christmas takes forever to come, but as an adult the month passes too quickly.  WAY too quickly.

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36 Comments

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    Jean
    December 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Just perfect for Christmas – and winter. I love your colors and agree it is not "just" Christmas with the brown. Love it!

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    Christine
    December 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    That is a beautiful quilt and yes I too love the red binding fabric, but then I love all things repro..<br /><br />Christine

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    Chris
    December 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Lovely! What a thoughtful gift.

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    Jan Hatchett
    December 12, 2010 at 12:06 am

    That is a beauty of a quilt and I am so glad that your in laws received it with joy! Sounds like you have a great family!

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    Sherri
    December 12, 2010 at 12:45 am

    A truly beautiful quilt and such a well-written post also! I love it when I all of a sudden know exactly what project to make for family or friends!

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    Norma's Place
    December 12, 2010 at 3:14 am

    How lovely, your family must cherish that forever. From someone living in Australia, wish we could have a white Christmas as well

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    Karen
    December 12, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Great quilt Amy. I love it when all of a sudden you just know the right pattern/fabric choice.

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    Quiet Quilter
    December 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

    It&#39;s so nice when a quilt comes together attached with memories, thoughtfulness, love, and personality. Colors were nice too.

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    Trudi
    December 12, 2010 at 5:49 am

    What a beautiful quilt! Such a wonderful and thoughtful gift!

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    Angie
    December 12, 2010 at 6:59 am

    It&#39;s a gorgeous quilt, Amy!

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    A Plain Path
    December 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

    This quilt is beautiful! What a wonderful gift and I love the meaning behind it all.

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    Karin
    December 12, 2010 at 7:47 am

    What a perfectly lovely quilt and the sentiment behind it is so sweet. I love the stories behind the quilts! I love everything about this quilt and the addition of the brown and that wonderful binding just makes this quilt so warm and inviting. I&#39;m sure your in-laws will treasure it always!

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    tracy_a
    December 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

    What a great present! It&#39;s gorgeous!

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    CT
    December 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    That is a lovely quilt and a lovely story! I must have read Little Women at least a dozen time while growing up, and cried and laughed while doing it… outloud! <br /><br />I also like the fact that you made it entirely from stash!

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    Kim Walus
    December 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

    A beautiful quilt and a beautiful story to go with it. I&#39;m sure it will be cherished for years. Have a wonderful Christmas season with your friends and family.

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    sunny
    December 12, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Don&#39;t you love it when a pllan comes together? Beautiful quilt, and quite a bonus that you did it all from stash.

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    Aunt Spicy
    December 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Ohhhh, totally love how you pulled it all together!

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    John'aLee
    December 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    What a well thought out and beautiful quilt! I&#39;m sure they will feel blessed to have it.

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    Liv
    December 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Love that quilt Amy Happy Christmas to you and all your family from Ireland

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    AMKreations
    December 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    It&#39;s beautiful! I love the mountains in the background too! Lovely!

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    Jan
    December 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Oh, I love this quilt of yours! The brown with the red and green is genius. It is such a soft, warm looking quilt. Pretty, pretty!

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    December 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    It&#39;s a beautiful quilt Amy! I&#39;m sure they are thrilled!

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    Summer :)
    December 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    That is a gorgeous Christmas quilt! πŸ™‚ I love it, wonderful job.

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    a little bit biased
    December 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Oh, I love your style girl! It&#39;s a beautiful quilt and I love that it was a &quot;stash quilt!&quot; Great job and thanks for sharing. I&#39;m inspried.

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    Gramma Rosie
    December 13, 2010 at 6:04 am

    That quilt you see? That&#39;s MY quilt! I am the mother of the boy who loved &quot;Homan&quot; and the mother-in-law of your favorite quilter. Am I ever lucky! BTW, the pictures don&#39;t do justice to the depth of the colors. I too love the story behind the quilt and Amy&#39;s thoughtfulness that goes with her creativity. And the quilt will NOT be put away with the Christmas decorations.

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    December 13, 2010 at 8:24 am

    What is the binding fabric. It doesn&#39;t look civil war. The whole thing is really really lovely. They will cherish it.

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    P.
    December 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

    That is just gorgeous!

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    Jennifer
    December 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Beautiful! I love a classic quilt and I&#39;m sure your husband&#39;s family will love it as well. The colors are perfect and I think the binding is my favorite part too!<br /><br />Jennifer πŸ™‚

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    Wendy K
    December 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Lovely &#39;Christmas&#39; quilt Amy, i&#39;m sure your husbands parents will love it :)<br />Hugs Wendy x

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    Bonnie
    December 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    This is a lovely quilt, the perfect combination of civil war and Little Women. I am sure that they loved it, I know I do!

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    Kimberly
    December 14, 2010 at 12:15 am

    What a wonderful gift… it is just so beautiful!

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    Laurie Anne
    December 14, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Just perfect!

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    pioneervalleygirl
    December 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    lovely quilt, and thanks for making me think of Little Women, I loved that book

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    Andy
    December 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Love the quilt Amy! What a wonderful gift

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    Lynnie
    December 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    It looks great in the house. I almost didn&#39;t even notice it when I walked in because it blends so perfectly. As always, great work.

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    MomBrose
    December 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    That is beautiful! Your corners on your binding are absolutely perfect! Any tips? That&#39;s the one part of quilting I have yet to master.

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