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Thread: Merry and Bright Quilt

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    I had another wedding tonight, which this summer meant I had another Christmas quilt to make. (My theme for this summer's wedding gifts is a Christmas quilt.)

    Being- ahem!- a "completely abnormal quilter" I was still up hand sewing the binding at 4:00 this morning. No worries- the gal at the lqs assured me this was standard practice. She also laughed because she remembered the last wedding I went to (a few weeks ago)- I was sewing the binding on in the car on the way there. So I was way ahead of the game for this one. LOL! For the next wedding, who knows, maybe I'll have it done THE DAY BEFORE! (I'm crazy like that- you never know what I'll do next...)

    Anyway, on to the the stats: I made this the really easy way- I just wrapped strips from a jelly roll of Merry and Bright (by Sandy Gervais for Moda) around squares from a charm pack. For the floating blocks border I used up the remainder of the strips and a thrifted sheet. I was super lucky and got enough of the teal colored snowflake fabric for a back FROM THE 40% OFF ROOM at lqs!!!Woohoo for nice cheap backs! The binding was Holly Jolly which matches the Merry and Bright.

    This is the second quilt I have quilted on my new Bernina 430. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it. So glad I went with that one. I did my normal quilting (double stitch the ditch about a quarter of an inch away) for the center and then all the way around the outside I did a wavy stitch that was built into the machine (#4).

    I also used the basting spray stuff since I was in a time crunch and it was great! I would use it again, but it was expensive so maybe I will try out some other kind of water soluble spray glue on a cheap quilt and see how that goes.
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    This gift had a theme, which was a Tradition in a Box. I put some other gifts in there- a photo album, some bowls with snacks and a Dr. Seuss "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" movie- the cartoon one. Then I wrote a little poem and attached it to each item. The idea was that we were giving them a Tradition to do every year- watch the movie, eating popcorn and snuggling under the quilt, and then they are supposed to take a picture in front of the tree to put in the book and write a little something next to it about their previous year.

    ETA- I thought the Merry and Bright fabric was kind of "Dr. Seuss-y".
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    That is beautiful, love the colours & the quilting looks great!

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    Ooooo, I like it!!

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    I love it :lol: Great job ! When you did the wavy stitch , did you use your walking foot or just a regular foot ?

    As for finishing at 4 am... I totally understand.. its a quilter thing :wink: LOL
    Sharon

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    I used the walking foot. The Bernina walking foot allows you do do that. I think there is a Viking one that you can buy like that, too, but it's different from the standard one that comes with some of the machines. (I test drove a bunch before I chose the Bernie.)

    And thanks everyone!:0) I wanted to keep this one!!

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    Lisa This sounds so fun! They are just going to remember this one out of all the wedding gifts ... for sure!

    The quilt is adorable and the box of christmas traditions is such a great idea. I love it!

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    that is a cool thing that you are doing.

    I don't go to a lot of wedding which is a good thing, I would be way busy just doing them let alone everything else.

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    What a thoughtful person you are.....

    The quilt is beautiful!--lucky couple!

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    Gorgeous quilt! I love the tradition in a box idea!

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    I love the quilt and I love the idea of starting a tradition. A very thoughtful gift!

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    Lovely quilt, so merry and bright!
    Love the idea of "tradition" ... it is always a good thing to help married couples look beyond the day.

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    Wow what a great idae!! Your quilt is beautiful!

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    Such a creative idea. My daughter is marrying in December... hm-m-m...

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    So cute, great idea and it turned out lovely. I know I would have LOVED to receive something like that when I married!

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    Really fantastic!

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    The quilt is beautiful. I also loved the "Tradition in a Box" idea. I should keep that one in mind. Good job.

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    What a beautiful quilt and that is so clever with the tradition box. Very creative.

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    Gorgeous quilt and what a GREAT idea to create a "tradition in a box". Mind if we "borrow" that idea? :wink:

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    BEAUTIFUL :D

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    I'm sure they will love the quilt and starting a new tradition. What a great idea!!

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    Love the quilt!!!

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    Oh, absolutely you guys can borrow this idea! Here are the poems I put in there if you need those, too. I am glad you guys like it. I think the couple will, too. (The bride is my cousin.) I know my aunt is going to love it- she is very creative.

    Don't be too critical of my poem's cadence- it was done pretty quickly! LOL!

    For the bowls (I looked but couldn't find one red and one green, so had to settle for two red ones):

    One dish, two dish, red dish, RED dish
    One is for popcorn and one is for candy.
    If you share with each other, well, that would be dandy!

    For the movie:

    Every year when you put up your tree
    Sit on the couch and watch this movie.
    This cartoon is old, but youíll like it I bet
    For itís all about love and not gifts that you get.

    For the quilt:

    A blanket is next in this box of tradition.
    Lots of bright colors make it happy and fun.
    I sewed this up with you in mind
    With the cheeriest colors I could find!

    For the photo album:

    Here is a book for pictures and notes
    To keep with your tree and ornament totes.
    When you put a photo inside of this book,
    Write something next to the picture you took.

    A sentence will fit, maybe three or four
    To say whatís happened in the year before.
    Thereís room for a photo of your family
    All standing and smiling in front of the tree.

    Look at the pictures from seasons before,
    Each year youíll find that you change more and more.
    The years will fly by and you both will grow old-
    If you fill up this book youíll have memories to hold.

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    Lisa: I love your quilt and especially the idea of making Christmas quilts for wedding gifts. Your quilting is beautiful. Can I ask what type of thread you used for your quilting. In some of the pictures it looks sparkly (or is that just the photo?) Great job. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the concept behind your neat gift.

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    What a beautiful quilt! And I LOVE the gift idea, so clever!

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