Back in August I saw the #100blocks100days quilt-along starting to pop up in my Instagram feed. Several quilters and shops in Australia put together this quilt-along using Tula Pink's City Sampler book of 100 blocks. I resisted for several days and then I saw my friend's version (Cindy) and knew I wanted to make a Christmas quilt like hers. Cindy had made her 100 block quilt before the quilt-along and it is stunning. You can see it here. Cindy was kind enough to share her block making ideas with me. In the end I chose to layout my blocks differently from hers.
The idea of the quilt-along was to make a block a day for 100 days, posting your block to Instagram each day, using a bevy of hashtags. Since I joined late I took several days to make multiple blocks each day and then finally got caught up, when my mom died. After taking off 7-10 days from sewing to grieve and arrange her memorial service, I managed to get caught up again. At this time I really went to work making lots of blocks each day so I could stay caught up with posting one block a day while we were gone on vacation to Ireland in October. I managed to keep up with the quilt-along to the end. My sister thought I was sewing on vacation, ha!
I used a lot of Christmas fabrics but I also added several red, green and white prints that are not designated as Christmas fabrics. I asked a few friends who have online quilt shops to put together little bundles for me. These bundles were a great surprise to receive and a lovely addition to my quilt.
Once the blocks were finished I set them aside until I could come up with a cohesive layout. My original plan was to copy Cindy (with her blessing) but in the end came up with a plan of my own. I am really glad I did. I like the way the blocks start in the center with the red/white and green/white blocks and then radiate outward with the different combinations of fabric and colors.
I quilted this quilt with swirly pinwheels using white thread. The pinwheels remind me of peppermint candies, which is very Christmasy, don't you think? The pinwheels gave the quilt a great texture, too.
My favorite bindings right now are made using skinny striped fabrics. I hope I don't live to regret it, but I found this perfect green stripe at Joann's right before Christmas. The backing is a fun print from Robert Kaufman.
It has been raining so much in SoCal lately that it has been difficult to find the right time to photograph this quilt (I am not complaining). In the end, I asked Mr. Romance to hold it up in the house. Not the best light nor the best setting, but at least it didn't get wet. I really wanted a snow photo. It's crazy getting to the mountains in Southern California when there is snow. The snow seems to bring people out of the woodwork and the driving is not the easiest. These photos will have to do. I did take a few photos of the quilt with the Christmas tree before we took it down.
Pattern: Tula Pink's City Sampler
Fabric: New and old fabrics, from stash, in red, white, green
Backing: Sweet Noel by Cynthia Frenette for Robert Kaufman
Batting: Warm and White
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. white
Quilting: Quilted by me on my Bernina 820 using the free-motion foot making pinwheels all over the quilt with Connecting Threads Essential 40wt. thread in white
Binding: Mini green stripe from Joann's Fabrics.
Finished size: 60" x 60"