Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday #11: Northern Lights Christmas Nickel Quilt


Remember this quilt top that I blogged about here? Well, I finally finished it, and I think I’m lovin’ it!


I made this quilt from a stash of Christmas fabrics that I’ve had for a few years.  I cut up the fabrics into 5-inch squares, found a pattern that I liked, and put it all together into a baggie as a kit. Last year, I pulled out the kit and put the blocks together; but I wasn’t thrilled with the color combo … the background just didn’t seem right … and I put it aside to work on other projects.


Well, 2010 being the year to finish those UFOs, I tackled this project and finally finished it!  But, even when I completed the top, I still wasn’t thrilled with it … it just didn’t sing to me.  I struggled with the borders, and then finally decided, the heck with it, I’ll just make it borderless. 


But now that it’s finished?  It sings loud and proud! I quilted it with an allover heart and loopy design (a nice change over meandering); and the backing is an angel fabric that my BFF found at a garage sale and gave to me for my kids’ quilts.  The quilt measures 47 x 60 inches. 


I’m donating it to Project Linus; and I think the angels are perfect … and so is this cute fabric with the puppy in a stocking.

DSC01417 Why so many nickel quilts?  A few years back, I decided I needed to tame my fabric stash and had this “brilliant” idea to make kits.  I went through my extensive stash and collection of quilting books and magazines, and started putting fabrics and patterns together.  I then placed these projects into baggies. 

During this time, I also cut up much of my yardage into smaller cuts.  If I had a yard, I cut it into a 1/2 yard and 2 FQs.  If I had 2 yards, I would keep one yard intact.  Sometimes I would cut a 1/2 yard into 5-inch squares, which means I ended up with tons of nickel squares.  And I’m still working my way through these kits!

UPDATE:  Am linking this to the following … please be sure to visit these blogs for more Friday Finishes:


  1. I was loving it right away! I know someone at Project Linus is really going to appreciate this wonderful quilt.

  2. What a fun finish and so nice of you to send it to project Linus. I really like the design and the colors are really nice. Way to go with finishing your UFO's. Thanks for sharing!

    xo -Elizabeth

  3. Beautiful! This is a great one for Project Linus.

  4. Wow, another great quilt from the nickel quilt book! I don't know if you remember me saying I have that book. I need to catch up. I love all the quilts in that book. You have the best idea by making kits then getting to them when you have time. That is something I need to do because I cannot keep buying new fabric.

  5. Terrific quilt! Jacob's Ladder is one of my favorite patterns-so versatile!
    Your quilt is so bright and cheery it will be well loved at Project Linus-a perfect Christmas gift for someone!

    I just loved quilts without borders!

  6. Your beautiful quilt will be such a treasure! Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing :o)

  7. Beautiful finish! Your borderless quilt inspires me to forget the border I was mulling over for a Christmas quilt and just bind it as is. Yours turned out terrific!

  8. Wow! Those fabrics are really neat. Congrats on finishing a UFO!