December 13, 2018

Home for the Holidays Irish Vortex Quilt | A modern Christmas quilt

Home for the holidays is a modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

Are you team holiday quilts? As in, you bust out your favourite Christmas themed quilts this time of year?

I’ve always thought they were cute, but never actually wanted one in my house. Is that bad?

I just didn’t get the appeal. But then that all changed when I designed the Irish Vortex quilt pattern, for which I was entirely inspired by the holidays.

I didn’t recognize myself!


Home for the holidays fabrics and Irish Vortex quilt block by Shannon Fraser Designs
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I had visions of red, green and white when I was designing the pattern and then, as I was surfing Michael Miller Fabrics site, I stumbled upon their Home for the Holidays collection and I was immediately smitten. I caught a glimmer of what everyone on team holiday quilts was seeing and, more importantly, feeling!

Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs
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Those reindeers in cars, the bright happy colours and the general holiday feel of the collection totally made me stop scrolling.

It was a full-on heat wave and I was excited about the holidays. Cold wintery days, with huge snow banks outside and a new fresh dusting of snow settling on top. Lots of happy music and pretty lights with enticing smells coming from the kitchen (well, except for that one year when my dad forgot to turn the oven on!). Gosh, I have some pretty strong Christmas memories. No wonder it’s one of my favourite times of year.

And with split parents, I got to celebrate TWO Christmases every year – that’s double the turkey and stuffing, my friend!

Looking back, having a fun holiday quilt to snuggle up with in front of the fire (and no doubt, thankful to have my jammies on after over doing it on the stuffing πŸ˜‰) would have been pretty perfect.

Good thing I know how to makes quilts now!

Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

I think all that I love about Christmas – time with family, good food, pretty decorations and fun conversations – got infused into the Home for the Holidays quilt.

Stack of half square triangles for the Home for the Holidays quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

Plus, I got to play with stripes. You know how much I love those!

Which reminds me - did you catch the discussion about whether there is such a thing as too many stripes? I’m squarely of the mindset there is no such thing and hope I’ve proved it with this particularly fun set of candy cane stripes. Those colours are just so spot on for the holidays – I especially like the pink one!

Paired with these fun reindeers and santas in cars (which I totally fussy cut), it’s just a hoot! And instantly makes me happy!

Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

That is what you want from a Christmas quilt right? Fun happy feelings!

To enhance all those holiday feelings, I opted for wavy quilting. I’ve been meaning to give organic wavy line quilting a go for so long now. It’s crazy how long I’ve been wanting to try it out. But I think it all worked out as it was meant to be, because this project is the perfect use for organic wavy lines. Not only is it a great contrast to the geometric design of the Irish Vortex pattern, but also makes me think of snowy windy days, which is just so fitting for the wintery theme of the quilt. I was going to go with red but opted for white thread to stick with that blustery wintery feeling.

Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

I used the throw quilt sizing which gives a generous 60”x60” quilt to really snuggle up with on the couch, but there are 7 other quilt sizes to choose from in the pattern.


MATERIALS USED


In case you want to make your very own, here’s what I used to make the Christmas Irish Vortex Quilt:
The Home for the Holidays collection by Michael Miller Fabrics – available in 2019 

Home for the Holidays
Holiday Shopping in Candy
Holiday Shopping in Sky
Frosty Friends in Winter
Sugar Stripe in Pink
Sugar Stripe in Evergreen
Sugar Stripe in Red
50wt white thread – piecing and quilting 

Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

It’s definitely a modern take on a Christmas quilt, but what do you think? Have I convinced you that a holiday quilt with lots of stripes and cute reindeers might be right for you too?!

I’m amazed at how excited I am to use this quilt. I’ve gone from thinking “that’s really cute, but not for me” to “let’s start planning our 2019 Christmas quilt” – ha! This is why I’ve long said “Never say never”. Even if you would prefer this in all solids (which is what my initial plan was until I was all smitten by those Santas in cars!), just don’t entirely discount a themed quilt. Because it’s one of those things that once you get it, you get it and wonder “why didn’t I join team holiday quilts sooner?”! πŸ˜‰

So, grab your pattern and get started on your very own holiday quilt – themed or not – today!

Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs


Home for the holidays quilt | A modern Christmas quilt by Shannon Fraser Designs

This pretty is our first Christmas quilt and I look forward to allll the quilty snuggles over the holidays. We’ve already planned a few Christmas movies to watch while we’re off, so my Home for the Holidays quilt is going to come in handy 😊 Overall, I’m just looking forward to slowing down and enjoying a quieter pace.

I hope you too have the chance to take some time off, slow down and spend some quality time with the ones you love. We’ve got lots of family time scheduled in and of course Pips is all excited to have us both home during the day!

Happy holidays!

xo

Shannon

PS Thrilled to be crossing this one off my Q4 FAL list πŸ˜‰ 
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4 comments:

  1. I think this quilt look’s amazing and like you said make’s you feel happy. I love it.
    Is a difficult quilt to make?
    🧡Brenda 🧡

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    1. The Irish Vortex quilt is super easy to make and comes together quite quickly, especially if you chain piece it πŸ˜‰ The longest bit (for me at least) is squaring up the HST.

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  2. Such a beautiful finish Shannon! I really like this pattern in Christmas fabrics. And thank you for playing along with us during the 2018 FAL!

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    1. Thank you, Izzy! I was thrilled to get her finished before the holidays so I could enjoy her during my time off!

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