Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Juniper Berry Finish

For the last week I've been playing with the fabric Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda.  I've had this Christmas line of fabric for months but couldn't come up with a pattern that suited me, and I guess I basically never did find a pattern that suited me, instead I just started cutting diamonds using my Creative Grids Rhombus Template and throwing them up on my design wall until I came up with a pleasing arrangement.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 191
I've named it "Yes Die Hard is a Christmas Movie".  It may seem like an odd name, unless you're a big Die Hard fan like our family, and yes, that is one of the Christmas movies that we watch every year, along with Elf, Christmas Vacation, Holiday Inn and The Family Man.  Anyway, Argyle is the name of the limo driver in the movie Die Hard.  And this is definitely a Christmas argyle pattern.
It finished at 76" x 91"
The fabric is Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda
There are 288 diamonds.

This was my first experience working with diamond blocks.  I'm not sure why I was avoiding diamond blocks, they were very easy to cut and piece together.



To make piecing the rows easier I pieced together the like colored 4 patches first, then sewed those blocks together to make the rows, then sewed the rows together to finish the quilt top, easy peasy.

I could start putting together my Village house project but am thinking I may need to squeeze in one more Christmas project, it is the Christmas season for days yet!


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23 comments:

  1. Thelma, you are like "magic". Been watching little posts and Instagram for the finish-up of whatever this was going to be and you totally take my breath away. I love argyle (Scottish heritage on father's side).

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  2. This is truly a plaid "Christmas" quilt and have to say it is striking! Who would have thought diamonds could make a great Christmas quilt.....love it! Can't wait to see your "Village".

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  3. Love it! just watch Die Hard last night indeed a xmas movie!

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  4. Love this, and definitely Christmasy. But what a fun pattern for any time of year. Thanks for all the beauty and inspiration you've brought me this year.

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  5. Beautiful! Tell me about 4 red & white blocks on wall....presume they're fabric. Top one looks framed, arevthey stretched? I want some.

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    1. No, those blocks are wood, the design is painted on. They were a gift, I think they were made by Red Rain Boots?

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  6. Love it, Thelma! You're gonna have to go into pattern writing soon!! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. That sounds like work, I'm retired! LOL

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  7. Awesome! It's a beautiful quilt and I love the name and story with it! Merry Christmas!

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  8. So simple, but so effective. Love it!

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  9. Love this stunning christmas pattern! How big did you cut your fabrics and did you use a LC or a F8 bundle?

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    1. Was curious about this too. I have a similar fabric collection and this has inspired me to pull it out of it's hiding place. Just wondering what bundle you started with. :)

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    2. Thanks so much, I used a Fat Quarter bundle, and I did not use any of the blue fabrics from the Juniper Berry Line. I bought a little extra of 4 of the background fabrics but you could make this size quilt using just the bundle if you included the blues. I cut my fabric into 5 1/2" strips. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any additional questions.

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  10. I love this! It's just gorgeous and the name is great too! :)

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  11. I love the little row of black diamonds across the middle of the quilt. It was truly inspired. Merry Christmas, Thelma.

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  12. Wow, great impact quilt from a gorgeous fabric collection. I like your mini red & white blocks hanging next to it too.

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  13. Spectacular ! Merry Christmas to you and family XXX

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  14. I love reading your blog and seeing the beautiful quilts that you create. I too love your Juniper Berry Christmas Quilt and want to make one too. Thanks for sharing your creations with your readers.
    Jane

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  15. Thelma, I just LOVE this! It doesn't scream Christmas with the black and other background fabrics. You could leave it out all winter. Merry Christmas!

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