After posting about Holly Jolly and my mission to use up Christmas fabric, some lovely quilty friends suggested the Simply Woven pattern, from the Moda Bake Shop, as a stash buster. And here's my version.
Notice anything different?
My version has the same blocks as the pattern, but additional, 3" wide sashing strips (cut 3 1/2" ) that weave in and out. And matching binding! Check out the tutorial here.
Not only did that addition use up more fabric, it also split up the monotony of the 2" inch strips. Don't get me wrong - I think it's a great pattern! But mine was pretty boring because of the red and green theme. The additional, wider strips break it up, and add some interest.
For the quilting, this one got another holly themed pantograph, called Holly Berries, in gold Glide thread.
And of course, a picture of the back.
Made from bits and pieces that were in this quilt, it's another way to use up that Christmas fabric! BTW, this quilt measures 60" x 75", and Holly Jolly is 52" x 69". The third Christmas quilt, on the frame today, is even bigger! And also with a pieced back! I am completely amazed at how much Christmas fabric was in a 14" x 17" x 6" drawer. Sadly, it's only 1/2 to 2/3 empty. I'll save the rest for Christmas in July projects, cause I think everyone is done with Christmas for now. Time to move on!
UPDATE: several of you want to know the sashing strip sizes. Pieces are 3 1/2" x 12", and 3 1/2" x 26 1/2". Use partial seam sewing in order to achieve the weaving.
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