Color Jolt Christmas Quilt


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This is a Christmas version of my Color Jolt quilt. I used V and Co Ombre Confetti Metallics for the colorful trapezoids. The background is Stars in Cream Metallic from Rifle Paper Co’s Primavera collection. It’s backed in cozy Essex linen in a deep grey. I love the hand feel that linen adds!

My goal with this quilt was to be a mix of modern and traditional. The metallic accents and ombre fabrics lend a modern feel but the cream tone of the background fabric tones down some of the inherently modern vibes of this pattern and adds that heritage feel we all love in our quilts.

Along those same lines, I had Katie @moderntextiles use the Hot Cross Buns pantograph designed by Jess @threadedquilting in a medium density. When I chose it, I was drawn to the contrast between the modern square shape and the more traditional circle and star in the center. When I opened the package from Katie, I was struck suddenly by how much the quilting reminds me of ornaments scattered across the quilt. The cream-colored thread blends on the front but stands out beautifully on the back. The ‘back’ of this quilt could be its own wholecloth piece of art so is it really right to call it a ‘back’? I’m not so sure.

To add a little extra love, I handstitched the binding using a thick, pearlescent white thread that stands out. Instead of the long stitch length that’s ‘in’ right now for hand binding, I use a shorter stitch length to add strength. I want it to last through many, many washes and (dare I say it) a generation or two.

I finished things off with my small, signature, handstitched design in the bottom corner of the backing.

Size: 49″ x 65″

Other notes: This quilt has had its first wash.

Care instructions: Machine wash in cold water on a gentle cycle using minimal detergent; tumble dry on low or air dry. If air drying, make sure to have the weight of the wet quilt supported properly to avoid extra stress on seams and fabric. Enjoy!

If you prefer to make your own, the Color Jolt digital pattern can be found here.

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