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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Winter Woods: A Crib Quilt in The Morris Jewels

Winter Woods
50" x 50"
5 appliqued blocks finishing to 10" x 12"

Three months 'til Christmas Eve!

My stitch group likes to do a tree quilt for a charity Christmas tree auction every year. My job is overwhelming Chairman Georgann with ideas. Here's one.

I took five blocks from the Juniper and Mistletoe book
that Karla Menaugh and I did a few years ago.
I Photoshopped The Morris Jewels fabric collection
(in shops now) onto the trees for a simple applique baby quilt.

See the book's  pattern instructions for the five blocks, which are cut 12" x 14" for backgrounds
before being appliqued, then trimmed to 10-1/2" x 12-1/2".

For the large background strip on top:
Cut a rectangle 33-1/2" x 50-1/2"

For the smaller strip on the bottom:
Cut a rectangle 5-1/2" x 50-1/2"


If you want to do the leaves and berries in scrappy fashion you can use a Charm Pack of 5" squares, mixing and matching the various hues. 

If you'd rather have all the leaves match in each block get an additional fat quarter of a medium Bella solid. I show it as a darker pink (9900-27 Thirties Pink)
You also need 4 fat quarters of  The Morris Jewels, a red (Ruby), blue (Sapphire), purple (Garnet)  and yellow-green (Emerald).

You may want to use a very light Moda Bella Solid, maybe one with a slight pink cast like 9900-30 Baby Pink as I show at the top of the page here, or a more neutral white like 9900-12 Natural.

2 yards will give you the large rectangles and background for 3 applique blocks plus binding.

Darker backgrounds for 2 blocks---a fat quarter of two prints from The Morris Jewels



Buy the Juniper & Mistletoe book from my Etsy store to get the tree patterns: Click here:

Never too early too get started on the holiday preparations.


Wendy Caton Reed said...

Fabulous idea! I'm finding that young people today prefer the more "modern" look. I haven't made my typical (with reproductions) baby quilt in years. Not complaining, it stretches me a bit. I'll be saving this idea for the next winter baby. Thanks!

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a fun quilt idea. But can we hold off on Christmas for a bit. I've yet to decorate for Thanksgiving.

WoolenSails said...

Those are going to look beautiful with the jewel tones, I do like pops of color in my christmas decorating.


Suzanne A said...

What a charming design!