sock monkey christmas quilt

December 8, 2014

Do you remember the Christmas fabrics I bought in August last year? I made plans to sew a Christmas quilt back then. After sewing these project bags using the same fabrics I started the quilt top. That was October 2013. Fast forward a year and I still only had a couple of odd-sized log cabin blocks. I put it on my November goals list et voilà, it’s the beginning of December and I have a finished Christmas quilt!

My mom and I bought a bolt of Kona cotton snow a couple months ago so I added white stripes to each block and cut them down to the same size (9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches). My mom helped me by cutting all the strips of fabric and ironing the seams while I was speed-sewing everything together. I’m so thankful for having a fast sewing machine!
Deciding on a backing, batting and binding was pretty easy because I simply used what my stash had to offer. The backing is a very cheap fleece fabric that I bought at a German ‘fabric market’ years ago. The size matched the quilt top perfectly and I was glad to not have it lay around anymore. The binding is one of my current favourite fabrics; it’s the perfect striped fabric for drawstrings, bindings, internal pockets, etc. It seems to go with every single fabric I own. I just love it and I regret that I didn’t buy more of it. But fabric is heavy and my suitcases were already at their limits. Oh Canadian fabric stores, can’t you open a store right next to my house?

I have a very talented longarm quilter in my family who offered her services for free (thanks, mom!). The quilting pattern is a free motion holly leave pattern with loops connecting the leaves. I love that the quilt is still fluffy and not ‘quilted to death’ yet it is a Christmas themed and fun pattern. Perfection all around!

Here are some random information about the quilt:
I used moda’s ‘santa’s little helpers sock monkeys in squares’ fabric in green and red for the centers of the log cabin blocks. Then I just added a variety of green and red fabrics around. The fabrics are a random collection of scraps I found in my mom’s scrap bins (some of them are from my childhood) and a mixture of other Christmas fabrics I bought with the sock monkey fabrics (e.g. other fabrics from the collection as well as the cute ‘presents all wrapped up’ by Aneela Hoey.

So yay, I finally have a Christmas quilt!

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  • Reply Hannele December 8, 2014 at 19:30

    It's beautiful! Say Hi to your Mom from me 😉

  • Reply Nancy December 8, 2014 at 20:03

    You and your mom make a good team – this quilt is wonderful.

  • Reply Tahnee December 8, 2014 at 20:28

    Wow beautiful quilt. And great that you and your mom get to work together on projects like these.

  • Reply Lisa-24-7 December 9, 2014 at 02:31

    Aww, that adds so much christmas cheer to your couch 🙂 Great job to you and your mom.

  • Reply Noget Uldent December 9, 2014 at 07:42

    What a lovely heirloom piece! And with both you and your mother working on it and scraps from your childhood… so much history!

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