Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. We had a nice, but quiet one. Last week I finished my Winterville Quilt top and I love it! For those who have not been following me from the beginning of the year, I made a schedule to make the pieces of the quilt a section at a time. You can read about my plan here. By the way, the quilt along didn’t really work out. I know some quilters were waiting for the Vintage Holiday fabric to be released in April before they started making it. I’m just starting to see a few being made now on Instagram.
My plan called for me to finish this in July, but make the houses in June. With all the other things I needed to finish, I didn’t even touch it in June. Since I had all the sections sewn together I was able to make the houses and finish it this month.
The pattern is designed by Camille Rosekelley of thimble blossoms. Camille used a white and silver dot fabric from her line Vintage Holiday for Moda for her background. I wanted mine to look like a clear winter’s night, so I choose this dark blue fabric with a touch of black in it called Shadow Play by Maywood Studios. I was happy that I could also use the black plaid from the Juniper Berry line by BasicGrey for Moda for a few roofs on the houses.
Except for the background fabric and some pieces from a new layer cake of Vintage Holiday, all the fabrics came from my stash. I especially like the gold stars and tree stems that are from different Nancy Halvorsen lines by Benartex. I have always loved her fabric and patterns. Other fabrics lines include various Bonny and Camille, Sunday Drive by Pat Sloan, various Sweetwater, Front Porch by Sherri and Chelsi, and some very old 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain, all from Moda. The snowflake fabric is a gray dot from Sugar Plum Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda. It was so fun to be able to use up some of my older fabrics. Now to find backing and binding fabric.
This is a large quilt, 78″ x 78″ and I think I will use it as a quilt to keep us warm instead of one to display. If I use it for a throw, then I’ll back it in flannel. If I display it, I’ll use cotton. Also if I use it as a throw, then I won’t do heavy quilting on it, but I probably won’t do an overall quilting design either. So many decisions to make. What do you think?
One thing I know for sure is that I have a lot of trimming to do. This is my least favorite thing about quilting, getting all those tiny pieces of fraying threads cut off before making the quilt sandwich. I’ve tried to do it as I go, but as the blocks get handled when sewing them together, the fabric frays again. Most of the time, I trim while doing the final pressing when I know the top won’t be handled much after that.
This was a fun quilt to work on and I’m glad I stuck to my plan (except for June). It made a large quilt with multiple sections easier to manage and I felt like I was always making progress. My goal is to get it quilted in time for cold weather. This is a quilt that we will use all winter since I avoided true Christmas fabrics.
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my Winterville quilt with you.