Christmas in August Wedding Quilt

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My cousin is getting married this August 11th. She loves Christmas so I got inspired this past year to make her a winter/holiday quilt for her wedding present. It’s a queen-size quilt in a really warm flannel material with bamboo arctic batting. I hope it is as warm for them as it looks, feels and sounds!

Here is the top before I quilted it.

I wanted to have some fun while trying out my new quilt frame so I chose the inside of the squares to have a meandering stipple. I was trying to follow the general flow of the reindeer’s antlers.

In the sashes I tried out clam shell circles and pebbles as well as “s” shapes. I wanted some of the negative space to be empty so it could puff.

I am thrilled to introduce to you, the complete top-side of the quilt…

And the back-side of the quilt. I like how the front has a narrower binding than the backing.

After I completed the top-stitching, I washed the quilt in hot water and dried it in the dryer to shrink it and give it a worked-in look. I’m not sure I like the look with the flannel because it really faded the back and fuzzed up the fabric. I don’t want my cousin to think I’ve had this quilt lying about in my closet for years and I grabbed it as a gift!! Here’s a close-up to show you what I mean. Even the center seam looks really worked in.

Overall I am proud of it and I think she’ll appreciate the effort that went into it – I had to learn an entire new technique on how to quilt on my new machine frames! As my fellow crafters will likely agree, it takes a lot longer when learning a new technique even though when it’s done you feel you can conquer anything new thrown your way.

Have you worked with flannel for a quilt and, if so, what was your overall experience?

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Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth is a children's book author and designer of knit and crochet character hats under the brand The Ruthless Crafter. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, spend time with her family, and swim. She lives a full, happy life in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.

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