So it seems I am stuck on Holiday creativity at the moment – I genuinely never know where my creative urges will take me some days.
I have been meaning to make a Christmas quilt for a long time and when I saw the collection All About Christmas by J. Wecker Frisch for Riley Blake Designs I knew immediately I wanted to play. I love the way Janet mixes typography, vintage elements and modern prints and colours in her work – it is eclectic, fun and wonderful.
I wanted to make a really simple quilt that featured the typography only so chose to work with that as the feature and not order the main prints in the collection. I love the fun vibe and it will be a joy to add this to my pile of special donations I am working on for our local Children’s Hospital – after all when do kids need Christmas more than when they are trapped inside 4 walls unable to celebrate. I will speak more on my donations as time passes because it was only a new thought process made when I realised that having 35 quilts on rotation in my home was probably enough!
I ordered the black and white colourway as well with the letters and stars so that is going to need to be another quilt for my pile – I will keep you posted on that one!
To make this quilt I opted for a fun brick design around the letters. No pattern, I just cut 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles and 5 1/2″ squares and laid them out as shown, I opted for 5 1/2″ because that was a good height to get the typography in. Did I make it perfectly? No. In my arrogance I rushed it. What does that mean? I am going to make another one and make it better.
One thing that strikes me in the quilting world is people are fearful. Fearful to start in case they make a mistake and be judged for imperfect points, binding mistakes and quilting wrinkles. So I am hear to tell you that you wont get any of that rubbish from me. Quilts are gifts of love made by hand, filled with humanity. They are not a representation of our perfect selves but our HUMAN selves. Lets embrace our wonkiness and make it beautiful.
I mean I am sure you will admit that it is still a whole lot of Christmassy fun!
I loved using this colourway and adding in the blue and yellow. And those gorgeous prints are just the right amount of Christmas for me. It would look amazing as for so many projects including santa sacks and stockings. In fact just those gorgeous stars alone would be a beautiful nursery quilt.
Have I mentioned today I love my