Chocolate & Raspberries by Caribousmom

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Woven ribbons
Status:
Complete
Started:
2011-02-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2011-11-30T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

This lap quilt was a bear to piece. I call it  Chocolate & Raspberries, but it is actually named Woven Ribbons by Halli Keller and Nancy Reba who designed it. My local quilt shop offered a class last February 2011 for this quilt, and I jumped in to try doing something a little different. This pattern requires very careful cutting and exact 1/4″ seam allowances. Strips of 2.5″ wide fabric are pieced together into ten “stratas.” These are then cut into 1.5″ strips. THESE strips are then pieced, in a specific order, to create the woven ribbons appearance of the quilt. In the end, what you see are 1″ X 2″ rectangles which make up the pattern.

If it sounds tedious, it is! I had to take frequent breaks from this quilt just to rest my eyes and my patience a little. But, that said, I am delighted with the finished result!


I used left over strata to do a pieced center for the back.


The quilt is quilted in a free motion, meandering pattern, and I quilted four hearts in each corner.


This was a Christmas gift for my mother.


Size: 41.5″ X 58″


Pictures

Loves

mschoonb
Ormondbeach
Kirstenblake

Comments

True

Has this been here the whole time??? Some how I never saw it...wow...amazing and so pretty. I actually love the back as much as the front! I think I would lose my sanity...well what little I have left;-) piecing this one!

Caribousmom

LOL, Mary - it has been here from the beginning - but I am not surprised you "missed" it...there were a ton of uploads of new projects at the time I uploaded this one. Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad I made it, but I would not make another one of these any time soon!

True

Wendy how do you do your labels?

Caribousmom

Aw, thank you Carol - you are so kind!

Caribousmom

Mary, I used to write on them with fabric markers...but lately I've been embroidering all my labels and I like that better - they won't fade, and I think they look pretty that way. I'll update this project and upload a close up of the label so you can see it better....

Caribousmom

Okay - its updated....

Kirstenblake

The patience you must have. This is absolutely beautiful and I can imagine how you must feel having accomplished this. And bonus points for the back. I think I would have been so relieved finishing the front I would've taken the easy road with a solid back. But the back is great! Your mom must have loved this gift.

True

Thanks Wendy! I love that...I sign my backs and date but have not done labels as had not found anything I like...but this I do:-)

Caribousmom

Thanks, Kirsten...I had left over strata and couldn't bear to throw it away...so the back was born LOL. My mom was thrilled with it :)

Caribousmom

Mary: I actually used to hate doing the labels when I just wrote them...I was always so scared of screwing it up and I hate my handwriting! Embroidering is way more fun (but takes longer).

Terryt1955

Speechless.......never in my wildest dreams do I think I could ever do something this painstakingly precise. And I'm sure I'd have to upgrade my readers as well!

Caribousmom

Thanks, Terry! It was a real challenge for me...and I doubt I would ever make another one LOL!

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