Forest floor quilt

Jan
2012
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I made this quilt in July 2010. It was a Christmas gift for my husband’s parents, and I chose the colors specifically for them. Their living room is decorated in rich, dark brown leather and light green. My father-in-law is the outdoorsy type, so it seemed a perfect fit to design the quilt with earth tones.

The pattern came from McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine, and you can find it here. The original pattern calls for blue batiks, but I used various shades of browns and greens cut into fat quarters. I sewed it together in strips instead of blocks, and it was super simple to cut, piece, and quilt. I quilted it diagonally to contrast the right angles running through it. It’s a little larger than a lap-sized quilt.

I originally planned to mix the greens and browns evenly throughout the quilt, but once I had the pieces cut, I started playing with the design, and I really liked this gradient style.

I’m still working on Christmas quilts for my parents and grandmother, and my dad liked this one so much that he requested that I make one for him in mocha-inspired colors. So you’ll get to see a repeat of this one coming soon!

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This quilt was a breeze to piece. It looks incredibly time-consuming with all of those tiny little squares, but I strip pieced them by cutting long strips, sewing them together, cutting the sewn strips, and sewing them together again to create this double Irish chain pattern.

I pieced the quilt top and began quilting it in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008, but it wasn’t until fall of 2010 that I finally finished quilting it.

I absolutely love the blues in this quilt, and I love the intricacy of the pattern.

My only regret is that I hadn’t learned the differences between different batting types when I put it together, so I used an incredibly low-loft batting. A little over a year after finishing it, the quilt has thinned out so much that I fear it won’t last very long at all.

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I started piecing this quilt by hand in the fall of 2006 before I had a sewing machine. I’m not sure why I chose such bright colors for this quilt other than I knew I wanted nice warm flannel prints, and perhaps these were just the colors I liked most in the fabric store’s selection of flannels.

I hand-stitched them randomly in 9-patch squares, and hand-stitched those together. I hand quilted it shadow-box style with stitches in each individual square, which created a beautiful box design on the back.

Looking at it now, I do wish I’d paid more attention to the direction of the stripes. It’s a little too crazy for my tastes now, but it’s certainly the coziest quilt I’ve made.

I didn’t know what I planned to do with it when I started it, but after putting it away for four years, I finally finished it in the summer of 2011 after my son was born. It’s a little big for a baby quilt, but it’s perfect for snuggling with him under it and it will fit on a twin-sized bed when he’s a little older.

This was my first hand-quilted project, and I loved working on it so much that I most definitely will hand quilt again in the future. It takes forever, but the finished quilt is so much more satisfying to me for some reason.

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Sharing this quilt as my own is sort of cheating, since I didn’t really finish it. I started sewing the quilt top in the summer of 2000 when I was 15 years old. I sewed it together in strips rather than blocks to make it easier for me piece in a diagonal pattern. After I finished the quilt top, though, summer was over and I didn’t have as much free time on my hands. When I got my driver’s license in October, I pretty much forgot about it.

My mom, who has been quilting for several decades, loved the quilt top. She hung on to it with plans to finish it for me someday. In 2008, she added the borders, quilted it, and finished it for me as a gift on the night of my wedding rehearsal.

It’s quilted simply on the diagonal in the center, and she stippled the borders. Even though I didn’t finish it myself, I think it technically counts as the first quilt I ever made.

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