Friday 31 January 2014

On Nanny's Festive Lap

When I made my mother's quilt last year, I felt the design of the quilt would work well as a pattern for beginners because there are no seams to match and the piecing is straight forward.  It is also a cost effective quilt because it uses one charm pack and basic solids for the background and block border fabric.  The layout is great for showcasing some of your favourite prints and is well suited to an "I Spy" type quilt.  So I decided to create a pattern - which, of course, meant I needed to make another version of the quilt to test the pattern!  Here is the latest version, a festive lap quilt.

I used a charm pack of Riley Blake's A Merry Little Christmas, which I got from Liz in a swap last year (thanks, Liz!).  The background fabric is not solid white, it is a white on white print which looks like paint splatters.  I chose it because it reminded me of snow (you know, because of all that snow we get here in the southern hemisphere at Christmas time), it is very hard to pick up the print in photos but if you look closely at the photo below you can make out the splashes.

The binding is a DS Quilts print from my stash.

I wanted to piece the back solely from fabric I already had in my stash and ended up going for a bleached calico with a fun mona luna print I got a few years ago from Lyndy.  With a bright white front and a bright white back this is quite possibly the most impractical quilt ever made.

I framed the scooters with leftover scraps from the front of the quilt.

I quilted it in an all over wavy line pattern using a built-in stitch on my machine.  I went on a quiltathon to finish this baby in time for Christmas - I basted, quilted and bound it in one day, that's no mean feat when you have littlies.  (I machine sewed the binding, I don't hand sew anything unless there is absolutely no alternative.) 

If you'd like to make one for yourself, this pattern is now for sale in my Craftsy store. I think this pattern would also make a great gift for a friend wanting to make their first quilt.  I'm working on a single bed pattern based on a similar design, which I think will make a great I Spy quilt for a kid's bed - so watch this space!

Quilt Stats
Finished Size: approx 53" by 63"
Pattern:  On Nanny's Lap
Fabric:1 Charm pack of A Merry Little Christmas, blocks are framed in Moda Bella Summer House Lime and a light blue from my stash, background is a white on white splash print
Backing: White calico, with Mona Luna scooter print (can't recall the name), framed in scraps from the charms pack.
Binding: DS Quilts print from my stash
Pieced and quilted by: me

Linking up to:
Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
Anything Goes Monday - guest hosted at SergerPepper
Monday Makers at ayliN-Nilya
Making Monday at A Bright and Beautiful Life 
Show and Tell Tuesday


  1. I really like this pattern. i think it looks eally complicated, but being able to make it out of a charm pack, is a win for me :-)
    E xx

  2. I love those Christmas fabrics; one of my favourites! They look so lovely in this quilt. I like to think that as impractical as white may be, it kind of forces you to clean things more often since you actually see the mess lol!

  3. Great quilt and pattern, using up a charm pack is always a winner for me!

    Would love you to link it up to our new monthly festive Link Party, Ho,Ho,Ho and on We Sew!

  4. It's adorable and I like the quilting as well.

  5. Very nice! I love the simplicity of this. Especially love the green and blue frames!

  6. I really like the borders around each block:) Cute quilt!

  7. It is a great quilt. Love the fabrics - and yes the white does remind me of snow! Nice!

  8. what a lovely fresh clean quilt :) great job

  9. It's a beautiful design and very fabric (and money) friendly!

  10. This is super cute! Congrats on getting the pattern written up, that sounds like a lot of work!

  11. I would be afraid to have a white on white quilt around my house, because it would get so dirty looking. But it's sure cute! Great idea, for unmatched seams! {:-Deb

  12. That is lovely pattern! Well done and congrats!


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