Wednesday, December 26, 2007

merry day after christmas

I hope you all had a great Christmas. Ours was pretty quiet...well as quiet as it gets with 3 kids. :) We stayed home and tried to keep things fairly laid back. The highlight of our day was going sledding as a family. We had so much fun. Even little A went (and loved) sledding. We had the perfect lazy snowfall for a good part of the day. It was magical.

Now that it is after Christmas, I can show you this funky quilt that I made for my friend Heather. I used the happy hour pattern and I would highly recommend it! I was able to sew the top together in a few hours. I think it took longer to cut out the pieces than it did to sew them back together.

I used mainly holly jolly fabrics from Moda with a few other random fabrics mixed in.

The backing...

and the binding! (oh, I love a striped binding....I can't figure out why I haven't done one before.)

And this is my favorite square.

I made this quilt from start to finish in one week.

The hardest part of making the quilt (besides keeping it a secret!!!) was to pick out 20 different fabrics that go together. Especially with these shades of red and green. Finding the backing fabric (on a budget) was also a bit distressing. But I am very happy with how it turned out. And so is Heather. Yay!

FYI...we are taking a week off from the quilt-a-long, so those of you who are behind can have a chance to catch up. I plan to post a block 7 next week. (maybe on Wednesday.)

51 comments:

Roxanne said...

Wow - that quilt is so much fun! I love that pattern! It is amazing how different it looks than the last quilt you shared in that pattern.

Donna said...

this is just GORGEOUS! you're so talented and a great friend (want another one?) *wink*

crunchy peas said...

how do I get on your "friends to give gifts to" list??? I love that quilt- you did a great job picking fabric. Yes, I am behind on the quilt-a-long...I'll try and catch up!! Glad you had a nice Christmas.

Jada2929 said...

Stunning! I'd hate to put that one away, it might have to stay out all year!

Lissa Jane said...

Amanda

the quilt hasn't arrived yet, do you want to chase up UPS?? Just kidding! its gorgeous and I like a stripey/scrappy binding too, it ads a bit of zing.. I dont mind a check border either..
I think I'll make some more of weeks 1-6 quilt along, I am enjoying them so much and they are so quick to make!

take care

Lissa
down under

Oiyi said...

Oh so gorgeous!! That pattern looks wonderful.

Archaic Dome said...

This is going to sound weird, and I'm not kidding. That is my favorite quilt in the history of quilts. Bar none. Couldn't tell ya why though. I know it was super easy, and it's just Christmas fabrics, but whoa. The instant after I read this post I bought the pattern, but any I make will be like Star Trek: The Next Generation- in many ways, it's superior, but it will never be as recognized as the original...

:)

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That quilt is great!!! I love that fabric and that pattern. I think I'm gonna make one of those.

Happy In Quilting said...

Just love your quilt....very festive

de vliegende koe said...

The pattern is great indeed, but the fabrics make it look soooo beatufitul. A quilt in one week, you are truly a miracle quilter!

Angelcat said...

Your quilt is beautiful no wonder your friend loves it!

Carol said...

Oh I love that quilt...great colors...I have been obsessed with the Holly Jolly fabrics and I love the extras you added.

KCQuilter said...

Absolutely wonderful quilt!!! Thanks to the link for ordering the pattern.

Louise said...

Stunning! I love the colours and yes, stripey bindings are the best!

Tanya said...

Oh WOW! That quilt is gorgeous - love the colors and scheme of it. So fun and festive :)

Happy New Year!
Tanya

Nichole said...

Oh! I love the backing! What a nice gift! :)

Sarah said...

Beautiful quilt!! Your friends are so lucky.

Sherry said...

Gorgeous! The fabrics you chose look great. I like striped bindings too. Sometimes when I make a bright kids quilt I'll take different bright Moda Marbles & piece them together to make a binding, that always looks neat too. I'm sure your friend Heather loved the quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Sarah said...

I love your quilt and am quite jealous of Heather. LOL! I know she loves it. Love the fabrics and the quilt pattern. I think I'd like to make this one too! Thanks for sharing!

Thimbleanna said...

Aaaack!!! I LOVE this quilt! IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!!! What a great idea! I've been wanting some Christmas quilts. And it would make such a great gift. Thanks for the inspiration -- I may have to steal your idea for next year!!!

Pieces said...

Love the quilt! I'm jealous and now I want to make one. I already have materials for a Christmas quilt that I didn't make yet this year--made from Roman Holiday fabric. But I think I like this one better!

Anina said...

Why, of course you'd make a Christmas quilt! It's lovely! The striped binding is inspired.

Clint and Julie said...

beautiful. I think I will have to buy the pattern
julie

Clint and Julie said...

beautiful. I think I will have to buy the pattern
julie

AJ said...

I love your style, you make such beutiful and fun quilts.

Linda said...

That is such a fun quilt! Does it use fat quarters? I have a grouping of 20 fat quarters sitting here waiting for a project....HMMMM.....

Katie said...

this is so great! the colors are so perfect! i love that sis boom! i have yet to purchase any, but i feel it coming on! Really amanda, this looks so great!

sulu-design said...

I'd been waiting to see this one...
It's marvelous. I love the modern, simple design, and the colors and fabric patterns you choose are perfect together. Lucky Heather to have received the quilt and to have you as a new friend!

beki said...

oh wow, that quilt is fabulous!!

Mama Urchin said...

I love that holly jolly fabric.

Alice Grace said...

I love love love this quilt! Love your blog!

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

Beautiful quilt! I love those fabrics too. I'm also working on some Holly Jolly quilts. The square you picked as your favorite was also the one I really noticed when I looked at the second photo.

lera said...

Will you please stop? Your amazing-ness is killing me. Killing me!

Cindra said...

I fell in love with it on Flickr!

Kiva, Southerngirlmusings said...

Absolutely beautiful, love everything about it and yes that striped binding is great!! Happy New Year to you and yours!

house on hill road said...

love it! you are so talented, amanda jean. really you are.

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, this quilt is great!! I love the colors you put together. I've been eyeing this pattern for a while, and I may just have to have a crack at it! :o)

Stefanie said...

Awesome once again, and so prolific! Thanks for the week off so I can catch up. And I am thinking that this quilt would be cute in 30's prints too!

Clair said...

Pretty quilt. I am glad you had a good Christmas...sledding with the kids would be fun.

Amy Jo said...

That. is. beautiful. Ok, I want the pattern. I loved the last one and now I love this one - I've got to make one!! Glad you had a good Christmas - quiet is always good on Christmas!

Quilt Nut said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt! maybe i'll make it a new years project!

Heidijayhawk said...

i love that pattern amanda!

Holly said...

I love the striped binding as well. Beautiful colors in this quilt. What a great gift for your friend!

Katherine said...

Wow! The fabric, the pattern, the striped binding and the fact that you finished this beauty in a week has me in awe of your quilting prowess. What a wonderful gift for your friend!

Chara Michele said...

It looks lovely! Love, love, love the striped binding!

my2pixies said...

Ooooh - lovely! Your last quilt of this pattern caused me to buy the pattern immediately. Can't wait to play with it. Your blog is a true inspiration to a beginner quilter.

Anonymous said...

This Xmas quilt is great, fabrics looks great together. Thanks for the inspiration, maybe someday I shall make the same quiltpattern.........Maritta

sammyjo said...

I have decided that i am going to steal this quilt from heather so watch out(now all i need is a flight to the united states) lol it's a really lovely quilt

My Happy Turtle said...

That is the coolest Christmas quilt I have EVER seen! Heather is one lucky lady! I'm glad you and your family had a great Christmas. Happy New Year to you all!

Etc said...

This quilt is fabulous - so was the last one! I've never made a quilt before, but am definitely going to try soon. This pattern is going to be a must! Thanks for your great blog.

Annie said...

LOVE this quilt!