Saturday, December 11, 2010

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. :)  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.

36 comments:

Jean said...

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

Christine said...

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

Christine

Chris said...

Lovely! What a thoughtful gift.

Jan Hatchett said...

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!

Sherri said...

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!

Norma's Place said...

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

Karen said...

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

Quiet Quilter said...

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

Trudi said...

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

Angie said...

It's a gorgeous quilt, Amy!

A Plain Path said...

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

Karin said...

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'm sure your in-laws will treasure it always!

tracy_a said...

What a great present! It's gorgeous!

CT said...

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!

I also like the fact that you made it entirely from stash!

Kim Walus said...

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

sunny said...

Don't you love it when a pllan comes together? Beautiful quilt, and quite a bonus that you did it all from stash.

Aunt Spicy said...

Ohhhh, totally love how you pulled it all together!

John'aLee said...

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

Liv said...

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

AMKreations said...

It's beautiful! I love the mountains in the background too! Lovely!

Jan said...

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!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's a beautiful quilt Amy! I'm sure they are thrilled!

Summer :) said...

That is a gorgeous Christmas quilt! :) I love it, wonderful job.

a little bit biased said...

Oh, I love your style girl! It's a beautiful quilt and I love that it was a "stash quilt!" Great job and thanks for sharing. I'm inspried.

Gramma Rosie said...

That quilt you see? That's MY quilt! I am the mother of the boy who loved "Homan" and the mother-in-law of your favorite quilter. Am I ever lucky! BTW, the pictures don't do justice to the depth of the colors. I too love the story behind the quilt and Amy's thoughtfulness that goes with her creativity. And the quilt will NOT be put away with the Christmas decorations. It's staying put to adorn our living room. Merry Christmas to you all!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What is the binding fabric. It doesn't look civil war. The whole thing is really really lovely. They will cherish it.

P. said...

That is just gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful! I love a classic quilt and I'm sure your husband's family will love it as well. The colors are perfect and I think the binding is my favorite part too!

Jennifer :)

Wendy K said...

Lovely 'Christmas' quilt Amy, i'm sure your husbands parents will love it :)
Hugs Wendy x

Bonnie said...

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!

Kimberly said...

What a wonderful gift... it is just so beautiful!

Laurie Anne said...

Just perfect!

pioneervalleygirl said...

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

Andy said...

Love the quilt Amy! What a wonderful gift

Lynnie said...

It looks great in the house. I almost didn't even notice it when I walked in because it blends so perfectly. As always, great work.

MomBrose said...

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