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Woven Ribbons – A Quilt for Mom

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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!!!

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9 Comments

  1. zibilee says:

    That is just beautiful, Wendy, and I would love to one day own a quilt like that! Amazing job on it! Your mom must have been so excited and proud!

  2. It’s just gorgeous! I’m sure your mother will treasure it!

  3. That is really stunning! I am sure your mom is enjoying it very much!

  4. Les in NE says:

    What a gorgeous quilt and a beautiful gift for your mother! I’ll bet she was just tickled pink with joy. You are such a sweetheart, Wendy!

  5. Wendy says:

    Thanks, Heather, Kathy, Beth, and Les! My mother really loved it :)

  6. Kailana says:

    This is wonderful! I love it!

  7. Amused says:

    I love how the front and back are so different, yet equally beautiful! What a lovely gift.

  8. Wendy says:

    Thanks Kailana and Leah!

  9. Trish says:

    OH MY GOSH. It’s STUNNING. I can’t even imagine the work that went into this. I know your mother will truly cherish it. Off to look at the pictures again….