15 Jun Twas Avant Garden Quilt
I have proclaimed my “fan girl” status of Jill Howarth’s fabric before, but her new Christmas collection called “Twas” for Riley Blake Designs has me leveled up to uber-fan-girl. The adorable retro-inspired Christmas print recounts the classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (a.k.a “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”) showing Santa trimming the tree, laying out gifts, and coming down the chimney. Other prints include twinkly stars, stockings, Christmas mice, and a snowy village on Christmas Eve. Some of the prints have sparkly silver details that give it a festive glimmer.
I chose to use this collection to make my new Avant Garden quilt pattern. The oversized daisy petals have a star-like quality to them and make me think of retro holiday ornaments and holiday glitz. I selected 16 prints from the collection and added a red and a pale pink solid to round it out. For my background fabric I used a deep forest green.
The pattern is pre-cut friendly and can be made with fat quarters, jelly roll strips, or yardage. It’s constructed with many, many “flower petal” shapes which are pieced together in 3’s to form triangle shaped blocks.
Here you can see me piece the 3 petals to a background piece to form a single block.
It is so fun to see the flowers “grow” as you add more blocks to the layout.
After I finished piecing all my blocks together, I quilted it with simple vertical stripes to contrast all the curved piecing.
Here is my finished Twas Avant Garden quilt. I can’t wait to cuddle up under it when the weather gets cold.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my process of making my Twas “Avant Garden” quilt. If you’d like to make your own version of this quilt pattern, click the button below to buy the pattern: