Thursday, January 14, 2016

Holly and Vine Quilt Finished

I was hoping to squeeze in one more finished quilt before the end of the year, but just could not get a photo so  you get a Christmas quilt in January:


And yes, the kids are standing in the back of the truck in order to hold it up high enough. :)

This quilt was on the cover of Quilters Newsletter's Best Christmas Quilts 2013 and I started pulling scraps as soon as I saw it.

                                                          

I hadn't made a Christmas quilt yet, but I was determined to have one on the bed this year. I pieced a little here and there

                                    

in between other projects and appliqued all the holly leaves one rainy weekend:


                                                            

The original quilt is 77" x 86", but I added a few more blocks and made it 86" x 104". I chose to add a scrappy green binding and happily stitched away for a week in the evenings. I found the backing on sale and knew it was going to be perfect:


I finished it this fall when the temperature was 100°, but it's been in regular rotation since the blizzard hit the day after Christmas. I will fold it away today in the armoire where it will patiently wait for the first sign of Christmas... which seems far, far away, but we all know better!

18 comments:

LaVerne Bevers said...

Thats so pretty! You always make me wish I knew how to sew and quilt.Glad you are blogging a good bit and also enjoying your daughters blog.Have a wonderful day.

KaHolly said...

I absolutely love it!, well done!

Chantal L. said...

Oh I love your quilt. I didn't see the magazine but I understand how you felt when you saw it because I think I am feeling the same thing. I want one too lol.
Love the picture in your header. Gorgeous!
;^)

Staci said...

Wowsers! Lady, soon you are going to make a quilt big enough for us to hold a circus under! LOL
It is one really gorgeous quilt and what an accomplishment!!

allthingzsewn said...

Beautiful and obviously snuggly. Too many pieces for me, I would never finish this. Congratulation on your finish.

Tired Teacher said...

What a cheerful quilt, and the backing fabric is perfect, too. Well done!

Love the sleeping kitty photo on this chilly, Wyoming winter morning.

Connie said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I made my first Christmas quilt this year, too :) I love that your kids held it up in the back of the pickup, for the photo. Very cool!
Have a lovely day!
Connie :)

Anonymous said...

I am a new follower, but have to say the quilt is beautiful, and I love the kitty on the quilt, too. All cats love quilts, especially those in progress. :o) Please thank your son for his service! And prayers for his continued safety. Congrats to your daughter for her pursuit of veterinary medicine. I have one daughter who is a vet tech, the other is a medical assistant. My son retired from the Army a few years ago. God bless our troops.Melanie
jimmel37@frontiernet.net

Anonymous said...

Very nice! I am working on a Christmas quilt but it takes me a long time and probably won't be done in time for next Christmas.

Judy said...

I hope you plan to leave it on your bed awhile! It is a gorgeous!! It's wonderful to have the kids help. Great work, a true kind of quilt where you collect pieces over time. I love it!
I also like your new background! Maybe it's not new but it's very nice. I have always liked how your posts are so neat. You are quite a gal! Welcome to 2016!

Janet O. said...

It is beautiful. I am impressed that you made the goal and then got it done. Good for you!
My Christmas quilts are just flimsies and every year I tell myself I will have them quilted by Christmas, but it doesn't happen.

Dar said...

Your Christmas quilt is beautiful. Love the added touch of the holly leaves appliqued on it. Also, your kitty is just too cute sleeping atop of the work in progress. I think they are all alike when it comes to quilts. My two used to be the same. Sure do miss them when I put a quilt down on the floor to measure it or addition a fabric or border. Good memories.

Nancy said...

What a great quilt, Karin. I always love red and green together (though I've never made a Christmas quilt) and this is spectacular with the white and the holly leaves. And it's so BIG! Congratulations on the finish.

Pauline said...

Well you've got me drooling again! I've always wanted a Christmas quilt and never got around to making it, probably won't now since we do so little decorating for any holiday. But it sure is tempting now that I see how you machine appliqued those cute leaves. After mailing off 9 quilts to all the kid this past December I said I was going to take a break from quilts and make some totes, purses, clothes etc. Well would you believe a quilt top keeps appearing on the dining room table waiting for backing? The flimsy wedges glare at me every time I pass by. Our local quilt shop had several bolts of old stuff priced at $3.00 a yard! Could NOT pass that up so looks like I'll have more quilts to mail next December! I'm thinking I'll just dig out that Quilters Newsletter and pull some reds and greens from my stash and.....Oh well, maybe a Christmas quilt will appear after all?

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Love your Christmas quilt! I have yet to make one! I've been reading all your posts this past month and always plan to get back to comment,but find that if I put it off it doesn't get done:) Like a lot of other things on my to do list!! Happy New Year.

Denise :) said...

That, my friend, is a very impressive finish...and it's beautiful, to boot!! I almost hate that you've already tucked it away! LOL! Of course, I still have Christmas up, because we enjoy the lights! Hahaha! Beautiful job on your Holly and Vine quilt -- congratulations! :)

Lana said...

Oh WOW! I am just catching up and I have missed some good posts!!! The size of that quilt!!!!! Great job!

Alycia said...

That was totally worth waiting for!!! I love it!

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