Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throw Back Thursday

This week's version of Throw Back Thursday is the quilt I made a few years ago from the Sue Spargo pattern named Crimson Tweed. It was gorgeous and perfect but I needed the quilt to be a bit larger so I added the checckerboard to the left and made the bottom row and bottom border wider so that the overall dimensions fit the size I needed.

I also simplified the vine border. Instead of making the little stems for each berry, I just used rick rack and let the berries float next to it. I used wool for the berries and leaves and they are not perfect but they did improve the more I made them.

O kept these blocks very close to the original (or tried to at least) but I used some machine stitching in place of some of the hand stitching. I love hand stitching but I also really enjoy machine quilting with colorful threads to add texture and detail.

This block was not part of the original design. The pattern had a pomegranite here and I chose to replace it with a pineapple. I simply pieced a checkerboard unit, cut it to the shape and then appliqued it. The greenery on the sides is velvet which is fun to work with if you like a challenge. And the leaves on top are wool. I did hand stitch the details on this block.

This tree is cut from one piece of felted wool and the balls are different types of wool. It was fun to mimic the round shapers in the background quilting. I hadn't tried that before.

This block is made according to the pattern. The star in the middle is velvet and the berries and leaves are wool. I also hand stitched these leaves.

I really enjoyed the process of making this quilt and photographing it. It's fun to pull out every year and enjoy it over and over again. And besides, I had a really helpful photography assistant...

What would I do without him running back and forth in front of the quilt? He's sleeping at my feet right now. He is my constant little companion!

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. This is really gorgeous, Diane. I love Sue Spargo's quilts, and your personalizations make it even better. I'm a big fan of checkerboards too! Great photos, thanks!

  2. Oh what a lovely quilt--I really like your pineapple a lot! Your assistant did a super job og setting up those photos lol hugs and happy holiday season Julierose

  3. What a gorgeous version of this quilt! LOVE your pineapple.:)

  4. Such a lovely quilt and fun stitching challenges! I am inspired to find a new challenging Christmas quilt.

  5. This is the funnest (or is it most fun?) Christmas quilt I've ever seen, Diane. I love your three red/rose stars near the top, the redbirds (cardinals?), and the red and white checks on the left. Fabulous!

  6. What a delightful and festive Quilt!!!
    I just love it!

  7. What a fun quilt - love seeing all of the details. I have been eyeing velvet lately - keep thinking that a nice bundle of it would be a nice stash enhancer! Love your helper!

  8. This quilt is just beautiful! What a fun project!!

  9. Your quilt is beautiful--I love all the special changes you made to make it your own!

  10. This is gorgeous! I've never done one of Sue's patterns but have always admired them. I've never worked with wool either. You did a great job.

  11. Oh Diane, this is sooooooo beautiful and cheerful for the season!

  12. That's a great quilt! I've always loved that one! Your additions are perfect for the quilt...can't even tell the design has been adjusted, which is a good thing! Love your use of Kaffe fabrics without overwhelming the look of the quilt...and the stem fabric is one of my favorites!


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