Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dear Mr. Claus quilt - Moda Pattern - Cosmo Cricket fabric

Around June 2012, you may have noticed the free quilt pattern from Moda for the fabric line Dear Mr. Claus. As soon as I saw it, I had to make it!

The fabric is designed by Cosmo Cricket, and it is adorably retro. They also designed matching stickers, paper, and gift tags available here.

I ordered a fat quarter bundle which provided plenty of fabric for the packages, including gift tags.

Since some of the fabric was directional, I really worried that the package pieces needed to be cut properly. There were two different patterns for packages (4 pieces each) and then they are rotated in each block to give variety. I am easily distracted, so I went ahead and made patterns for each piece and labeled them for cutting all the fabric.

I made two test samples just to make sure I didn't mess up the directions.

They were so darn cute, I went ahead and cut out the rest of the packages.

I cut the gift tag fabric using pinking shears and machine appliqued them to each block.

Extra fabric was required for the sashing, cornerstones, borders, backing, and binding. I was able to join a few sashing strips, and then I ordered the remaining fabric.

I finally finished the top last week. Then I got my dear husband to do all the free motion quilting.

I can't wait to give it to my dear mother-in-law. I hope it reminds her of wonderful Christmases past and many more to come.

I also have some leftover fat quarter material and gift tags to make some other fun goodies!
Have you made anything for the holidays yet?