Thursday, December 13, 2012

Brights Christmas Quilt

Sewing time has been more scarce than usual (not to mention blogging time) with all the busy-ness of the holiday season. But I managed to squeeze in some sewing recently and I actually have a new finish to share. It's even a Christmas-y project.
This quilt was created for the shop where I used to work, using lots of prints from Robert Kaufman - mostly Ann Kelle's Jingle collection with a few other Remix dots, and some Michael Miller Ta Dots. I love the graphic simplicity and cheerful colors of all of these prints (aren't those snowmen cute?) and it was fun to put them together in a quick quilt.
I used my Retro Christmas pattern (available in the Pattern Shop). I think I like it even more than my original Retro Christmas quilt. I'm trying to figure out why. Maybe because the colors are even more vibrant? I don't know. This is such a quick project to sew up and it feels satisfying to have something new done. This pattern is very Charm Pack or Layer Cake friendly.

I sat and bound it one night while watching a show with my family on ESPN about Bo Jackson. Brought back lots of memories of living in the early 90's. And it made me feel a little old. But what on earth does that have to do with Christmas or quilts? Pretty much nothing, other than every time I look at that binding, I'll think of Bo Jackson. Does anyone else do that - associate a project with the show they were watching at the time they created it?

Kits are sold out. Kits for this quilt are available at American Quilting in Orem, Utah by calling 801-802-7841. The kits contain a variety of fabrics for the blocks, red cornerstones, binding and includes the pattern for only $30. Not included: 2 yards of white to complete the front and 3 1/2 yards for the back.

You can also find Ann Kelle Jingle fabrics and other Remix dots at the Fat Quarter Shop.

I hope you are all faring well with your own seasonal sewing, to-do lists, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, and the like.


45 comments:

Lindsey said...

I love your Christmas quilt! Funny...I was also finishing up a quilt while watching that Bo Jackson special!

Jaime Costiglio said...

Amy it's beautiful. The simple pattern and bright colors offset with the white sashing just makes my heart go pitter patter. What a wonderful way to start the day, thank you.

Kristie said...

This looks familiar! Love mine so much :)

mindingmomma said...

very cheery quilt

Books_Bound said...

I love that quilt! I'm hoping to knock one just like it out before Christmas for my brother and sister-in-law. We'll see if that happens. :) I'm using half of a Joy layer cake and sparkly aqua sashing! Should be fun. (I wanted to make myself one too, but I think that will have to wait until next year! But that's what the other half of the layer cake is for.) :)

Little Lady Patchwork said...

So bright...so modern...and so festive! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!
Stefanie

Thimbleanna said...

I love that pattern Amy! I have a stack of squares just waiting for my Christmas quilt to be made -- {sigh} -- doesn't look like it will happen this year though. Maybe I should squeeze it in the week between Christmas and New Year's -- then it will be done for next year!

Elizabeth said...

Amy, it is beautiful! I've had a layer cake of Sparkle All the Way (I think that's what it's called) for almost two years now, looking for the perfect quilt to use it in. I think I've found it! Hopefully, I can make it work with a layer cake! Thanks for the links to all the great fabrics you used! Such a fun holiday quilt!

xo -E

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful quilt. Wow you are fast at the binding.

amy smart said...

Yes! A layer cake will work great for this pattern! Send me a picture when you make it!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Gorgeous! I love the wintery brightness :)

Debbie said...

This is just so fun!! LOVE that green dotty binding! ;-)

CJ Tinkle said...

It's just wonderful, so bright and cheery!

dolores said...

Yep...I think you like it better cause it's brighter but Whoa...those retro prints are da bomb and I can't wait to final use the ones I got from you!:)

Have two small Humbug bags to finish but right now I'm enjoying the company of the boy...he surprised us with an early visit up from Richmond...maybe he knew we needed to see him more this year since the girl won't be coming home!

Elizabeth said...

P.S. Just clicked over to your Etsy store. I might do the Lattice quilt w/my layer cake, but I still LOVE this one (sew many quilts, sew little time)! Thank you again for the inspiration (and for the links to the awesome fabrics!)

trish said...

Your quilt is so cute and bright colored for Christmas. :o)
Funny thing. My children would ask, "How many Pride and Prejudice
movies did it take to bind your quilt?" True story. We measure
hand quilting or hand work by how many I watch. ha ha ha. :o)

coastal gray said...

Very nice and cheery, love your outdoor shot...

Kimberly said...

LOVE this! I made your quilt last year from the pattern and retro kit in your shop and it sold out from under me. Maybe Santa will find time to make another yet this year!

Anna said...

oh I love this quilt! so pretty.

Nedra said...

The fun fabrics really make this quilt. And I had to look up on Wikipedia to see who Bo Jackson is. (sorry, this must really date me)

Nanette Merrill said...

It is really cute. I do love the staging too. You're a genius.

Katy Cameron said...

Lovely and bright and Christmassy :o)

AnneMarie said...

So cheery! And the same to you and fam!

Jenny Wren said...

And This Is Christmas! Love this Amy.

Kigwit said...

I just love this quilt! Actually I love all of your quilts!

Jessie @ Messy Jesse said...

Beautiful quilt Amy, i spyed it over on Instagram earlier, just love it.

Lana said...

So pretty and warm looking...Just beautiful.

creativecrazygirl said...

Yes, I definitely have memories attached to quilts and also to fabrics. Some of the memories are quite odd. I also have fabrics that I have not a clue where they came from!

Great quilt!

blessings,
pam

mascanlon said...

Very cute, I loved this fabric so much I made 2 quilts using Jingle and some remix dots and other prints as gifts. they are currently winging their way back to me from Natalia, bet iIwatch the Food Network binding them.

LittleLucyGoosey said...

Amy, that is such a beautiful quilt! I love the colors, and LOVE the binding. Another inspiring quilt!!

So funny that you mention thinking about Bo Jackson whenever you look at the binding....that kind of thing happens to be ALL the time! Last year I was prepping for a craft fair, sewing along while watching the entire series of Lost - every time I look at one of those project leftovers, I can conjure up the episode. Scary, huh? So glad I'm not the only one that happens to!! :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family! ~Karissa

grannysgab said...

I chose your quilt as my Quilt pattern Spotlight for December.. Link them back to you for further comments and information. Granny Judy at Grannysgab.wordpress.com

Michele said...

That definitely is a bright Christmas quilt. Lots of fun. Just perfect for snuggling under during the season.

Cindy said...

Beautiful quilt, Amy! I'm going to make this quilt one of these days!:)
Happy Holidays to you and your family!

nikki said...

that is just a treat for my eyes. we're in utah now and would love to get together with your family soon, post-holidays. :) merry christmas!
nikki

ArtGirl said...

oh wow this is beautiful! i love the colors, they are so cheerful!

Val said...

Beautiful quilt. The white is so cool and wintery looking.

Live a Colorful Life said...

I really love this one, Amy. Bright and cheery!

Carolyn said...

So pretty! Love how the colors are so bright against the white background.

claudia said...

I have often done take along projects when I know I am going to have to wait, for kids getting off work, Doc and dentist appointsments, when I have had to do laundry at a laundry mat, etc. I always remember what I was doing when I was working on those projects!
Your quilt is to die for...I love it and the colors!

Kirsty Kennedy said...

I love, love, love your quilt. The colours are fabulous! I had thought of making a Christmas quilt, you have inspired me to do one for next year.

Jessica White said...

Love it! The pictures made me smile. This project is going on my to do very soon list. Thank you for sharing! My favorite memory of finishing a quilt was when I finished binding my 3rd baby's quilt while in labor at the hospital. I hung in there with my little needle and thread until it got too painful with my 11 & 1/2 lb baby and no epidural....will never forget that binding! :)

Jessica White said...

By the way, perhaps it's a problem on my end, but when I try to pin your quilt it only brings up a blank image from the Pin It button. Don't know if other readers are having the same issue. Thanks!
Jessica
http://ahumblecreation.com

Mimi said...

This quilt makes me smile!

amy smart said...

Thanks so much for the head's up Jessica. I didn't know it was doing that! I tried re-installing the pin it button, but it is only showing up in a single post format for now. sigh.

Thanks again for letting me know! And I once bound a quilt while getting induced as well. We are quilting die-hards. :)

Jo said...

This is totally wonderful Amy!