Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Snowballs

I think there is bird poop on my snowballs.


That's what I get for finishing this scrappy Christmas quilt [two years later]
in the middle of June.


All of the snowballs were made with fabric from my stash.  Not too many Christmas fabrics are in this one ~ I've got 30's, traditional, flannel ~ anything went in as long as it fit into my red, green, beige, brown, white [even a few blacks] color scheme.   


Being that it's a Christmas quilt, I wanted to make it extra warm and snugly.  So, I used green dot minky for my backing.  Besides being everyone's new favorite quilt to snuggle with, another bonus is that the 60" wide minky meant I didn't need to piece my back.  Perfect.


If you've ever wondered how minky washes up ~ it washes up great, as you can see from the photo below.  There are different qualities of minky [so I hear] but if you get it from a quilting store, you should feel confident that it will wash up and wear great. 


Isn't it amazing how well the quilting shows through the plush fibers of the minky?  And, that's red thread on there, which you can't really see through the green minky...a nice feature, I think.


I have always loved the feel of minky, but I haven't actually used it in a quilt before.  I guess I thought it was kind of "trendy".  My family is now in love with it though so I may have to make a few more "cuddle quilts" with it.  This quilt is not super big (53" x 69") but it's heavy and soft.  Perfect for a winter wonderland kind of day. 

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23 comments:

Lauren P said...

Beautiful! I love the minky back. Did you use batting too?

Amy said...

This is one of the prettiest snowball quilts I have ever seen. It is gorgeous!

LynCC said...

That's a lot of snowballs!!

I saw my longarmer working on a quilt with a minky backing and it was amazing. I have 3 quilts I will make when I'm cleared (a UFO thing I have going) that will be minky-backed. Your choice of the green dotted is wonderful. Looks awesome with the red border and the stripes of the binding.

Cynthia said...

Cute, cute! Love the stripey binding! That quilting is dang cute too!

Lucia said...

I really like how you treated the border. Very nice. And that minky backing looks glorious!

Dolly said...

You make it sound so good and snuggly. Please tell me, do you use batting too, when you use the minky? Is that part of why it's so heavy? If you did use batting, do you think it would be a good quilt without the batting?

Christine said...

Love this quilt, it's beautiful and looks very warm!

Theophanie said...

That is nice. I have a stack of Christmas fabric scraps. Maybe one of these days I will get it together and make this quilt. :)

Paula said...

Yea, it is finally done, now you will be able to enjoy it and snuggle with it this Christmas...& it looks so comfy....You did a great job on it.

Roos said...

I love that mink on the back, it looks realy cuddly
Roos

Mari, Tenerife (EspaƱa) said...

I love this quilt and the backing. I never had seen it... Mari

W. Latane Barton said...

Love the snowballs. Cuddly quilts are perfect in any season.

Needled Mom said...

Soooo pretty and I love the Minky backing.

Beverly said...

I love the minkee for backing. I've used it for baby quilts, but never quilted through it, just tacked or tied. I really like the way it looks. That's a lot of snowballs and I imagine a very snuggly quilt. My grandkids love anything with minkee. I have made robes and pillowcases for them out of it.

Pam said...

I have never sewed with minky. I am going to try it. And I did not see the bird poop on your quilt. ;-)

Cardygirl said...

Absolutely beautiful...the quilting looks fabulous with the minkee.

b davis said...

It is so cute! Love the scrappy-ness of it! Hope you had a great birthday today! And I'm sure you'll find that the kids definitely favor the minky quilts. They are so cozy.

A Serenade for Solitude said...

I love the minky, too! And your quilter is seriously awesome! Loving those snowflakes!

notes of sincerity said...

I love your quilt Amber!! :o) And the minky looks so soft!! :o)

Thimbleanna said...

You're so funny -- I hope no one is snuggling with bird poop. I haven't backed a quilt with minky yet, but I know I'd love it. Love those snowballs too!

Ilix said...

Wow, the stitching on that minky looks amazing. I would never have thought to back a quilt with it. Thanks for the idea!

Nicky said...

It's so cute Santa might want to take this one home with him!

Debbie J said...

So cute! I just bought some minky at JoAnn's-it said cold water wash & line dry. Were able to but your Minky in the dryer?