I’m super excited to be part of Quilters Newsletter magazine’s blog tour featuring their special issue Best Christmas Quilts. For my quilt, Pomegranate Passion, I used traditional blocks and elegant fabrics from P&B Textiles; all set in a striking design!
I design my quilts in EQ7, so I started by finding a Pomegranate block that I could modify to my liking. Next, I decided I would make BIG blocks … the applique blocks are 20″ square(!) … and set the blocks on point. After playing around a bit, I decided flying-geese units radiating from the center was just the ticket for the large corner triangles. Next, I added borders and I wanted one border to be pieced. A sawtooth border was the perfect compliment to the flying-geese units … except, in order for the border to fit properly, I needed an odd number of triangle units. Not to worry, instead of changing directions in the center of each border (like I normally do), I changed the direction of the red triangles closer to one corner. This 73″ x 73″ quilt makes a dramatic wall hanging or large lap quilt.
Here’s a handy tip for cutting the cream setting triangles. You’ll need to cut two 19 3/4″ squares into quarters diagonally. Since the diagonal measurement is longer than a 24″ ruler, I use two rulers and align them in diagonally opposite corners.
I remove the smaller ruler, cut along the edge of the larger ruler; then slide the ruler to the corner and finish the cut. Without moving the square, I repeat the process aligning the rulers with the other two corners to make four quarter-square triangles.
Once the quilt top was finished, it was time to think about the quilting. I machine quilted this quilt on my APQS George using Sulky’s PolyLite 60 wt. thread. I outline quilted around the applique shapes and then echo quilted them about 1/2″ from the outer edges. In the borders, I quilted rows of loops and other continuous designs. I wanted a flat, antique look for this tradtional quilt and Fairfield’s American Spirit – Classic Cotton batting was the perfect choice.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Best Christmas Quilts at your local quilt shop or bookstore. Copies are also available online at Quilt and Sew Shop. And to read about the other quilts, visit Quilters Newsletter 12 Days of Best of Christmas Blog tour.
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Until next time … Happy Quilting! ~Nancy