Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas Canasta quilt complete.

Hi there. I hope you had a great Christmas. We spent time at my parent's house and my brother was home from the U.S, there was lots of eating and relaxing which was great. I was in need of a few days rest. I'm not back at work for another week so there should be time for some sewing.

I made my brother a quilt for Christmas and I didn't finish it until 23.45 on Friday, I needed to get it done by Christmas Eve and just managed to get it done with 15mins to spare. Many thanks go to my husband who took over cooking duties for the last week while I worked on getting it finished. Note to self, start a project like this with more time to spare another time.

I would highly recommend the pattern which was the Natural Canasta Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman from oh Franson!
I did make a few mistakes which were frustrating but that was more down to me rather than the pattern.

Sorry about the photo quality, they were taken in a hurry on a phone.
I used fabric from a variety of ranges. I didn't realise until I started this quilt that there is a severe lack of fabric ranges out there for men. It took ages tracking down appropriate fabrics but I'm pleased with how this quilt turned out.


The original quilt is quilted in an all over free motion design. I wanted a more geometric look so quilted about a quarter of an inch around the seam line of some of the squares.
After spending so many hours together I've had to wave goodbye to the quilt as today it's off to it's new home at my brother's apartment in NYC.

Happy New Year!

Maria x
I've linked this post to Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day. The button is over on my side bar. I can't work out how to put it here. Any help with this would be appreciated!
Tuesday 3rd Jan: Also linked to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, button on side bar.
Friday 6th Jan. Now linking to Amylouwho's Sew and Tell Friday. Again, button on side bar.

26 comments:

Catherine said...

what a lovely quilt, I bet your brother loved it!

gill said...

Fabulous!!
I love it! do I spy some 'Echo' in there??

Fran said...

It looks amazing, must have been loads of work!

Sarah said...

That is so MANLY fantastic!!!

I am with you - it is hard to find man collection ranges. A few years back there was an awsome blue range that I snaffled and used very quickly...

Sherri said...

This quilt is truly gorgeous...what a wonderful gift!

Pat said...

It is a lovely quilt! Happy New Year!

mammafairy said...

lovely colours in your quilt,

Visiting from Lily's quilts

Cathy said...

what a lovely quilt! I am visiting from Lily's...

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I think that's a gorgeous quilt! I love the colour combination and gorgeous fabrics :)
I popped over from Lily's Quilts!

quirky granola girl said...

that quilt is fantastic! i love quilts that combine fabrics from a bunch of different lines. yours looks beautiful (in a manly way).

Sue Daurio said...

What a great quilt!

Jeanette said...

This is beautiful, lovely pattern and the fabric choices are perfect. I'm sure he loves it!

Carla said...

Wow this is stunning and I love the colors.

Lori said...

What a beautiful quilt!

ScissorsandThread said...

Gorgeous, love the colours

Carla said...

Wow that was cutting it close but you did it! It looks awesome and great colors.

Dayna said...

This is super fantastic! I'd love to have two of these for my boys' room! (A girl can dream...) Happy New Year!

Miri said...

Terrific quilt! A great range of fabrics sand they're all lovely!

ktquilts said...

Guess I wasn't the only one working within manly constraints lately! Great quilt!

Heather said...

Your brother is a lucky guy. The quilt looks fantastic! I never fail to end up in that same last-minute situation every year. lol Congrats to you on getting it done in time! :o)

CityHouseStudio said...

A fabulous quilt, beautiful job!
And I love the fabrics!

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Love the colors! You did an awesome job. :)

Elizabeth said...

Your quilt of gorgeous! It IS hard making a masculine quilt but you certainly succeeded!

Kirsten N said...

Such a great design and I love the fabrics you have used!

Liz said...

Another nice quilt, really like the colours and settings you have used.

Cynthia@quilterbynight said...

Your colors are so fresh! There is room to breathe between the prints. Beautiful! I have seen many versions of the square in a square quilt and have made a couple myself. There's something irresistible about it. Your take on it is very fresh and modern.