I started my Christmas quilt for this year in July with a Pinterest board for ideas. My criteria? Something BIG! I wanted a king sized quilt that would cover my whole bed like a bedspread and be wintery in design without screaming “It's Christmas time!”, because I wanted to use it is a bedspread for 3 or 4 months of winter. Also, it had to have minky on the back. I have been loving the comfy, warm, and snuggly feel of quilts backed with minky. I like the weight of them and the soft silky feel. I choose the pattern, Peppermint Frenzy by Basic Grey. I loved the new fabric they put out for Christmas as well, Blitzen! So there you go. I picked the pattern and all the fabric in September and began.
The pattern is basically a whole lot of HST made into pinwheels… Like a gazillion of them! I took my time and slowly got them all done.
Even before the border was on, the quilt was way to big to even fit on my largest floor space! So I took the quilt to moms house to sandwich.
The whole quilt was 110″x110″ and with the backing being 10″ bigger than that still, I needed a huge floor space and every single safety pin I owned to baste it!
I was really hoping to make this quilt a well used winter bedspread that would last a very long time so I spent quite a while thinking about what quilting pattern to use. I finally settled on something I'd actually never done before, a paisley pattern. I looked at a few designs other people had done and read the suggestions for this pattern that Angela Walters gives in her book, and then practiced a bit before starting on the quilt. I changed thread colours as I went to match the rings of colour. Of course I used my lovely Aurifil 50wt threads. I'm really really happy this how the quilting turned out! Considering how huge the quilt was I actually really enjoyed quilting it… Even with the not-so-helpful helper, Sophie the cat!
I did a simple feather in the border. I've been struggling with the more complicated feather designs with a stem so I tried this one and it seemed to flow much easier. I really like the look of this for this quilt and it went well with the paisley pattern but I'm still determined to master the traditional feather at some point!
I made my label on the computer using the fabric I had printed at Spoonflower. I like these labels a lot and it was totally worth it to have these made.
So here it is!!! I finished it just one day before I left for Arizona for Christmas! Check it out!
Even Megan loves it!