Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Ribbons Finished!

At long last, Christmas Ribbons is all finished up!  I wish I could've taken better pictures, but it was dark when I left for work and dark when I got home... I took advantage of some afternoon sunlight in my office but it wasn't as nice as I would've liked!  I need to turn one of my office walls into a quilt hanging wall for photos :)

This post is my last-minute entry into the Christmas Quilt Show!  Stop by and take a look at all the other pretty Christmas quilts and enter yours if you have time!

All laid out on my office floor - the only place I got any natural light today...

The finished quilt measures 75" x 60" and it was made with one jelly roll and a little bit of print yardage from Basic Grey's Jovial (all my Christmas fabrics have been stashed away since last year!) and Kona Ash solid.

The Christmas Ribbons pattern is from the book Scrap Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett.

Just a little bit of piecing on the back!

The back is made with two different poinsettia prints - the main fabric was used on the border on the front of the quilt, and the black and red fabric was also used for the binding.  I love a pieced back to break up tiled look of the print - I think maybe I want to start using solids for backing.

Close up of the quilt top

I had considered placing all the ribbons randomly instead of making single-color diamonds.  I'm glad I kept them together, it gives the quilt a different look.  There's a couple on the one end that were the "odds and ends" ones since there wasn't necessarily an even amount of each color.

One of my favorite parts of the quilt

I didn't realize these three like patterns came together at a point until after I'd sewn it together.  I tried to keep things spaced out pretty well, but this one slipped past.  It ended up being one of my favorite parts of the quilt!

Back of the quilt

The quilting is difficult to see, but I quilted around the "ribbons" in the quilt - a diamond in the middle and then a lot of 45-degree angled stitch in the ditch.  I keep thinking I want to try some of the patterns from Angela Walters' book that I recently purchased, but I'm afraid of ruining it since I don't have much practice.  And it's going to be a Christmas gift so I don't have much time to practice!  So it will stay as-is :)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like my take on Christmas Ribbons!  Don't forget to visit all the other beautiful quilts in the show!

-Melissa

30 comments:

  1. This is just gorgeous... I'm glad you entered in time :)

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  2. lovely quilt, and I love how you finished the back

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  3. Lovely Christmas Ribbons. The fabrics are perfect for this quilt. It looks great.

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  4. Just lovely! I have this book and yet to even look at it, now I will.

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  5. Hey, way to go on getting it finished! I really love the piecing on the back. A very fun quilt.

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  6. I have this quilt on my Make Someday list and seeing yours makes me want to make it yesterday. Just gorgeous!

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  7. Beautiful - really love the colours and fabrics!

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  8. oooooooooh, this is wonderful!! makes me think of that ribbon candy. such vibrant colors/fabrics. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  9. love the pattern and the scrappiness of this!! gorgeous!

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  10. I really like the fabrics. This is Christmasy without the traditional look. Very modern. And I need to turn one of my office walls into a quilt wall, too, Much better light there, since it's the only place I see daylight! Thanks for the idea.

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  11. The ribbons are so pretty. Great job!

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  12. Christmas Ribbons is gorgeous! Well done.

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  13. Your quilt is lovely. I haven't seen that pattern before.

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  14. BRIGHT +CHEERY-SO PRETTY!

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  15. So many interesting fabrics and i LOVE the back !!!

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  16. HOw pretty. I love the back. It looks a little wrapped present. Elizabeth

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  17. Love your ribbon quilt! Thank you for sharing. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  18. Such a great pattern, perfect for Christmas! Love how it turned out.

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  19. very nice Melissa,well done.xx

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  20. Lovely quilt! I like pieced backs!

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  21. Lovely quilt , such an interesting pattern , well done !

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  22. Love it!! I really like the bright colors

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