*All photos in this post may be clicked on to enjoy a larger view
Now that Christmas is over, I can share with you the quilt I made my mother for Christmas!
Despite its smallish size (41.5″ X 58″) this lap quilt was a bear to piece. I call it Chocolate & Raspberries, but it is actually named Woven Ribbons by Halli Keller and Nancy Reba who designed it. My local quilt shop offered a class last February 2011 for this quilt, and I jumped in to try doing something a little different. This pattern requires very careful cutting and exact 1/4″ seam allowances. Strips of 2.5″ wide fabric are pieced together into ten “stratas.” These are then cut into 1.5″ strips. THESE strips are then pieced, in a specific order, to create the woven ribbons appearance of the quilt. In the end, what you see are 1″ X 2″ rectangles which make up the pattern. Here is a close up of the process:
And here is a close up of the tiny rectangles:
If it sounds tedious, it is! I had to take frequent breaks from this quilt just to rest my eyes and my patience a little. But, that said, I am delighted with the finished result!
I used left over strata to do a pieced center for the back.
I decided to use a deep chocolate brown to border the quilt as it allows the design to pop. And then I chose a dark raspberry fabric and some left over fabric from the front and stitched a pieced binding.
The quilt is quilted in a free motion, meandering pattern, and I quilted four hearts in each corner.
Because this was a special quilt for my mom for Christmas … I designed a hand-embroidered label.
Merry Christmas, Mom – Enjoy!!!