Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Crafting with Kristin - Christmas Quilt

I promise the alliteration in the title was purely accidental. At least it's not a pun?

Anyway, guys, I made a quilt! For my dear friend, Emily, and her husband, Taylor, to celebrate their marriage and for them to use during the holiday season. My advice to you is that if you want to make a Christmas quilt and you don't know how to sew yet and you don't want to feel rushed, you should start now.  Also, I am really not good enough at quilting yet to explain how to do it, so look it up or go to your local quilt shop, who will be so helpful. I LOVED spending time at ours, the City Quilter.

But I can give you a few details about what I used. They're pre-cuts called layer cake squares, and they were incredible helpful because I hardly had to measure anything. These are the ones I got, and I love them. They're called La Fete de Noel by French General for Moda Fabrics, and they're a beautiful series of fabrics based on 19th-century designs. I love them and might just make a second quilt for myself out of them. The fabric on the sides is another of the fabrics, which I purchased by the yard at the City Quilter, and the back is one of their 108 inch backing fabrics. When I could make this easier on myself, folks, I made it easier on myself.

I "designed" (aka: picked out the fonts for) the monogram and date with Stix at Embroidery Place, and he did a really beautiful job at a great price, and very quickly, which I appreciated a lot with the wedding four days away and the quilt still just being a topper as it were. When I suggested I should get all of my dress shirts monogrammed, though, his assistant definitely thought I was a little crazy. But really, who doesn't want a monogrammed dress shirt? Anyway, Stix's contribution was clearly the nicest thing about the whole shebang. I love this little monogram.

And then, you know, I finished it the night before and then took photos of it as I was running out the door that morning.

This fabric is really lovely, and if you are more talented than I am, I bet you can make something really spectacular. For me, I'm just really proud I made something semi-beautiful for a couple that loves history almost as much as they love each other.

Have you ever made a quilt? Have you ever made a wedding gift? This was my first on both counts, and I'd love to hear other people's stories. What's the best handmade gift you've ever received?


  1. Kristin! This is so amazing- I am in awe.

    1. Aww, thanks, Liz! It was a lot of fun to put together. One day, I'd love to make something more complicated, but for now, I think I'm pretty content with basic patchwork.