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Holly's Quilt

The Goal: Present Holly with a quilt for Christmas (achieved!)

Include: Vibrant colors and flannel backed for added warmth

Mid-June 2016: I purchased a selection of colorful fabrics, including some Kaffe Fassett's for the Bargello And Biscuits quilt. Designs copyright ©2013 by Pam Goecke Dinndorf from the book Colorific from C&T Publishing, Inc.

6.5 Hours: Included choosing, purchasing, washing, ironing and cutting fabric

July-August 2016: Searched for biscuit fabrics

10.25 Hours: Layout, sewed rows and cut biscuits

September-October 2016: Searched for flannel backing (not plaid)

26.5 Hours: Turned edges, pinned, sewed biscuits

October 2016: To the Quilter - Patches & Seams Longarm Quilting Services (Debi & Richard Orr). I appreciated the time that Richard spent showing me the 200 quilting patterns and the multitude of variations available for each. Paisley or Swirls blended well with the fabrics so I requested a tight and random pattern. Three weeks later, I picked up the quilt - the amazing quilting exceeded my expectations.

November-December 2016: Completing the quilt

11.5 hours: Binding, label and present to Holly

A couple of major caregiving commitments took me away much of the summer and fall months. Whenever I was at home, I took advantage of random hours at my sewing machine, with slow and steady progress.

This is my first attempt at digitally documenting the progress on a project. I typically keep track of time spent on the entire process and add the hours to the label. Quilt #31 (61"x73") with 55 hours was presented to Holly just before Christmas - she loves the quilt! I include a hot-pink french knot on the label, as my signature. What do you include on your label?

Did you complete all of your 'gift' projects this year?


Looks beautiful and so unique! You really have a lovely "quilt voice " Leslie 1/6/2017

Thank you so much for the compliment, Leslie. I love it when art is from the heART, don't you?


Love the fabric choices, sometimes Kaffe can be too much for me-I have longamed one I thought would make me blind! I think mixing Kaffe with other designs is a smart move. I bind all quilts totally by machine these days, faster, kinder to my arthritis and more secure. I developed a method that is very tailored and goes so much faster [there is a little tut on my site on binding] I am in Boston visiting so no sewing update... Happy New Year and. Great 2017! Roslyn 12/31/2016

I would love to machine quilt the binding on my next quilt. It seems like it would be less time consuming but I may practice first on some strip samples. I will add your tutorial link here. Thank you for sharing!

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