Friday, December 2, 2016

More holiday decor ideas!

Our Christmas preparation is continuing with two more holiday-themed magazine projects. Both projects were designed by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth of Tailormade by Design and are featured in the Winter 2016 issue of Quilter's World magazine. 

Golden Holiday
"Golden Holiday" by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth;
quilted by Sue Krause
featured in Quilter's World Winter 2016

Why did the Golden Holiday fabrics appeal to you?
I really liked the warm, rich colors it had. Plus the little bit of gold created a really pretty line that was fun to work with. Sometimes it’s hard for people to see how to use black background fabric, especially in Christmas. I think it gave the quilt a richer tone, which is what we were looking for.

Tell us about the triangle method you used to make this chevron-style quilt.
It’s easier than people think to create—it’s a simple process, all using the same piece. You’re not doing inset seams because you’re sewing them in rows. It’s such an easy way to add a rich-looking Christmas quilt to your living room with it having to be a three month process.

Any tips for making this quilt?
Starch is your friend. And the time it takes to starch is well worth it. It really makes a huge difference in the ease of the sewing and the quality of the finished project.

What do you like best about the quilt?
I like that it’s a traditional quilt with kind of a non-traditional flair to it. I like how it turned out as a more contemporary Christmas quilt.

Click here to see the Golden Holiday collection. 


Joyful Table Runner
"Joyful Table Runner" by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth;
quilted by Naomai Polzin
featured in Quilter's World Winter 2016

What drew you to the Joyful collection?
The really cool stripe caught our attention. It’s always a challenge to decide how to use a great stripe.

How did this table runner develop?
We had designed it as a quilt to start with but it was too big and overwhelming. We realized it would be a great runner. It’s a very do-able pattern, and creates a beautiful table runner for Christmas. The runner is assembled with larger fussy cut diamonds—again, starch is your friend!

Tell us about how you used the stripe here.
Because we really liked all parts of the stripe, our focus was how to use it efficiently throughout the project. We wanted to avoid fabric waste and to create a design where quilters could use as much of it as possible. We used fussy-cut triangles in the runner center, and then different fussy-cut strips that alternate with the green and red diamonds.

What do you like best about the runner?
How the simplicity of the design created such a beautiful runner. It’s not complicated but it just turned out so lovely.

Click here to see the Joyful collection.
Click here to find the winter 2016 issue of Quilter's World. 

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  1. I like the Golden Holiday quilt, but the rich colors and prints of the Joyful collection are divine!

  2. I liked the Golden Holiday quilt but would probably be more apt to make the runner!