I know that last month I promised to show you a Thanksgiving table runner this week, but I just couldn’t resist starting my Christmas sewing. I love this present quilt! It is very happy, almost whimsical, and you can make this pattern for any occasion, using happy birthday colors, baby colors, really, anything you want. And this quilt is fairly easy to put together.
First, I cut all my pieces: four squares, three pieces of “ribbon,” two “bows,” and sashing for each present. (The sashing is the white fabric that surrounds every present.)
Then I started sewing. I sewed a ribbon piece onto a square by chain piecing, meaning I sewed one right after the other, no stopping or cutting thread in between pieces. This is a very fast way to piece quilting blocks.
Below are some of the sewn ribbon pieces and squares.
Next, I put each present together. The one in the photo below is ready for the middle ribbon.
After the ribbons were finished, each present needed a bow.
Here is a finished present with its bow.
After I had sewn all nine presents, I laid them on my kitchen table to decide which present should sit next to which. And I discovered a mistake I could neither ignore nor camouflage. Ugh. Can you see it?
Yes, putting the correct ribbons with the correct bows involved lots of sighing and unpicking and sighing and resewing. Below is a photo of all the presents sewn together.
And after I added the border, my quilt top is finished.
I hope to finish this quilt in the next few days by machine quilting and then binding everything. I’ll post a photo when I’m done. Next month, I’ll show you the mouse quilt where “not a creature is stirring.”
By Allison Sharp (Jennifer’s sister)