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Woven Ribbons – A Quilt for Mom

*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!!!


  1. December 26, 2011    

    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. December 26, 2011    

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

  3. December 27, 2011    

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

  4. December 28, 2011    

    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. December 28, 2011    

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

  6. December 28, 2011    

    This is wonderful! I love it!

  7. December 29, 2011    

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

  8. January 1, 2012    

    Thanks Kailana and Leah!

  9. January 2, 2012    

    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….

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