Oh, hey. Finished another Christmas present! I present W(h)ine Country:
W(h)ine Country measures 61×79″ and is a Spa Quilt. For those not familiar with the concept, a Spa Quilt is a quilt you get under when you need to take a chill break and everyone else needs to leave you alone: your own personal spa moment in your own home. With this one, the colors conveniently hide both white and red wine spills, so double bonus!
I had clipped this pattern out of a magazine from 2005, so it’s rather old. If I’m having an honest Tim Gunn moment about it, I would put my glasses on the end of my nose and say “I’m concerned”. The pattern works up pretty quick, but is slightly over-designed. The designer fully admitted that she’s a big fan of pinwheels and puts them in wherever she can. I think it could have used a simpler border where that slanted piano key border is – even a plain piano key border would simplify it a bit.
I like that you get a different look by varying the values in the center blocks and keeping the same pattern, but you do need to stay organized to make it work.
I pulled the colors from the grape fabric in the outer border, and it’s completely from my stash. I forgot to get a picture of the back, but it’s primarily the purple plaid fabric with some smaller pieces of the other purples in the front. I don’t think I have a lot more Christmas presents to make, but it’s nice to make a dent in some projects.
Bonus picture of pink Nina toes as she helped hold it down for me while I was trying to quilt it: