Friday, July 31, 2020

Gingiber's Merrily Quilt / Beauties Pageant 91

Back in March, I declared 2020 the Year of the Christmas Quilt. By that point in the year, I had planned five lap-size Christmas projects for using or gifting during the 2020 holiday season. For a lady who had sewn three Christmas quilts in the previous six years, five Christmas quilts in less than one year seemed like a lot!

The first was a version of Kate Spain’s Chalet pattern in Basic Grey’s Juniper Berry collection. I’m revealing the second finish—Gingiber’s Merrily pattern—today ...

Moda kitted the fabric for this free pattern years ago, but it wasn’t until a guildmate shared her completed quilt that I fell in love with it and hunted down the panel required to sew it.

This is the only panel I’ve ever purchased, and can you see why? Stacie Bloomfield’s illustrations are the sweetest—I could not resist! The penguins alone, shown at the top of the post, made the project worth my while, but Mr. Moose is pretty darn cute, too.

With the panel in my possession, I was able to locate the coordinating Merrily fabrics, all of which went out of print a few years ago. I was determined to use up all that I had bought, as you can see in the pieced backing for this project ...

I knew these Christmas critters merited a special quilting treatment, so I passed the top onto Seventh Heaven Quilting. This panto, from Urban Elementz, is called Winterfest.

As it turns out, two Merrily quilts can be made from one panel. So although this first one is done and will live with me and my family, a second one has been cut and is ready to sew.

If you’ve indulged in some Christmas in July sewing, I would love to see it. Please share it, along with any other recent finishes, in the linky below!

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  1. The panel makes a very adorable quilt, and how fun that you will get 2 quilts from the single panel. It seems like you are tracking well toward your goal of making 5 Christmas quilts this year!

  2. Too cute!! Great job using up the fabric on the back! And I love the edge-to-edge the quilter used!

  3. What a cute quilt! The penguins are adorable!

  4. Hi Michelle! Gosh, this finish makes me want to track down that panel and coordinating fabrics to make a version for myself. Those penguins! And the moose!! Of course, the quilting is fabulous as well - it doesn't overtake the top but rather gives it a beautiful quilty texture. It will be oh so nice to snuggle under later this year. Really nice job. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. What a nice project! I've never purchased a panel, but it appears you get a whole lot more out of cutting it up than by using it as it's printed. Good for you to be working toward Christmas finishes.

  6. So two out of five are already done with a thrid in the works?! Seems like your are on a good track :) Enjoy! xo

  7. I fell in love with this quilt just a week ago! I was so happy to find the fabric and the free pattern but I am pulling my hair out trying to track down this panel. Where did you find yours? Your quilt is beautiful by the way!

  8. Because you're a no-reply blogger, I can't email you directly, but I wanted to let you know that Lark Cottons, a small online fabric retailer, has nine of the Merrily panels in stock! : )

  9. The link to the pattern doesn't work, is it possible to get a copy? Or to know where to buy it?

    1. Looks like Moda moved the document. The link has been updated and goes directly to the pattern PDF. : )


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