I’ve been working this fall on a sampler quilt for my son Dan and his wife. The impetus for beginning the project was a Christmas sampler quilt offered by Karlene on her blog. The plan: Make one block per week for 12 weeks, beginning Sept. 26 and finishing at Thanksgiving. I liked the first block so I rummaged in my box of Christmas fabrics to find coordinating reds, greens, and prints.
Being privy to some insider information, I learned (from Karlene) that not all the blocks would measure 12″ square. Since I wanted twelve 12″ blocks, I decided to go off on a quilting tangent. I made some of my favorite blocks, like Weathervane and Ohio Star.
I decided to frame half my blocks in red tone-on-tone and the other half in green tone-on-tone. The six blocks at the top of the design wall are predominantly red, so I framed them with green. Alternately, the six blocks at the bottom of the design wall were predominantly green, so I framed them in red.
I bought a yard each of red and green, so I had enough fabric to cut the frames wider than usual. Finishing at 3,” the frames greatly enlarge the quilt, help the viewer focus on color, and lend a modern air to the quilt.
I love the border print, also found in my stash.
Fifteen days until Christmas . . . and fifteen days to finish this quilt!
Are you gifting any quilts for Christmas this year?