November 7, 2009

Scrap Christmas Quilt: with a little help from my friend

The quilt in photo # 1 is not mine. When Jocelyn from Happy Cottage Quilter went on her quilt shop hop, she spotted this quilt at a quilt shop called 'Rainbow's End' in Dunedin, Florida. She took the photo and posted it on her blog. I like it a lot and thought it would be great quilt to make using my Christmas fabric from my stash. I mentioned that to Jocelyn and she told me she would like to make one too if I could figure it out from the photo. Figured it out I did (my way) and with Jocelyn's permission I am posting it as a tutorial: This is my first tutorial on the blog. I have made many quilting instructions on paper, but on the blog is another thing all together. Hope it makes sense to you...!

I guest that this is a wall size quilt. Our dinning table is narrow and long and I am making this quilt for it. I sometimes use my quilt as table cloth so, it is handy to have a Christmas one too.

Last Christmas I made a simple log-cabin quilt and I had some leftover strips 2" wide. So I decided to use 2" strips as a guide. I cut a lot more 2" strips using varieties of fabric. From the strips I cut them into 8, 10, 12" lengths. Then I rejoined them randomly into a very long strips. I mixed all the colors together so that I didn't join the same colors next to each other. I hope you get what I mean. After I joined them all up into a long long ribbon, I cut a 31" length for the centre section. I need 7 x 31".

The next step is joining the 7 strips together for the centre section. I trimmed the centre block to 30.5". Now for the first border. I decided that my first border could only be 4" wide because I didn't have enough light Christmas fabric for a bigger border. The idea of this quilt is to use up my stash. I simply don't want to buy any more fabric! So I cut 4.5" wide of light color fabric and joined the two long sides of the centre section and then the top and bottom (see above).

That's all I have done so far. I have cut more strips for the outer section and I am in the process of joining them. It's looking good don't you think? At this rate I might have a new quilt for THIS Christmas WooHoo!!!

Watch this space for the next installment of the tutorial.

11 comments:

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Nat knowing you will have it in time for Christmas...Dzintra♥x

Serena said...

Your first tutorial! YAY! You have done a wonderful job! I think this quilt is just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Natima that looks lovely, you will have such a beautiful table on christmas day.

Lynda xxx

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Seem lots of works but fun !

Julia said...

Well done Nat...your first tut..
Looks lovely!
Julia ♥

Cyndi said...

It's a lovely quilt - it reminds me of rolls of Christmas wrapping paper!

suedio said...

Natima, I love that you are using fabrics from your stash. It's looking really good.
Sue

Ivory Spring said...

Very nice and festive looking, Natima. It's amazing how you can use a picture as a basis for a quilt without any pattern!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This is looking so good Natima. I am looking forward to getting directions so I can use up some Christmas stash :-) Thanks!

quiltcetera said...

Nice job on the tutorial! This would be perfect for Christmas scraps, I may have to give this one a try. :)
Bradie

Anne-Mette said...

What a great way to use up some of the Christmas fabrics!
Well, I don't have time enough to make it before this Christmas. Burt maybe for next year!
Hugs :-)

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