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Fair Isle Sew-Along: The Big Finale!

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Welcome to the final post in the Fair Isle Quilt Along! This week you should be ready to make the back, baste it, and quilt it! : )

So, this is where I admit: I haven’t started quilting mine just yet. Yes, you heard me correctly, I have not kept up with my own quilt-along. LOL. My excuse is that I already have one Fair Isle quilt to keep me warm this holiday season. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. : ) But my top is done and ready to go—I just need to come up with some time to make the quilting happen! I have to admit, I’m sorely tempted to send this one out for long-arming.

 

First, let’s talk about the back! For the back of my original Fair Isle quilt, I used the Riley Blake Christmas Chevrons, Medium Size. I can’t even tell you how much I love this print for a Fair Isle back. You’ve already got the zig-zag rows on the front, so the chevrons play up that element nicely. I’m strongly considering ordering this same print again for the back of my new red-and-white Fair Isle!

But of course there are so many other cute options when it comes to Christmas fabric. You can keep up the reindeer theme with this one:

This Mid-Century Christmas print is perfect for a back:

Or go full-on folk art with something like this:

 

As for the quilting, I just went with a classic stipple on my original Fair Isle. I’m thinking about a nice diagonal cross-hatch for my new Fair Isle, which somehow seems to play in with the knitting theme.

But this is the kind of design where you could really go crazy with the quilting (long-armers, I’m talking to you!) You could quilt each row differently if you wanted to, to highlight the differences in the rows. I could see that being really fun.

Or you could do some star/snowflake details like Cornelia did (silberregen1 on IG). This is beyond my quilting abilities, but I love it so much! It’s perfection for a Fair Isle quilt, don’t you think?

Okay, this is it—it’s finally time to link up your completed Fair Isle quilt! It’s so exciting, I can’t wait to see what you all did with the pattern! This link (along with all the Fair Isle Sew Along links) will stay open indefinitely, so you can link up your Fair Isle quilt whenever you finish it, to share with everyone who’s working on the pattern now or in the future!

Thank you all for sewing along with me, I hope you enjoyed it! This is the type of quilt that’s always more fun to do with others. Now go wrap up in your new Christmas quilt!

8 replies
  1. Shanna
    Shanna says:

    I watch and lurk..then a couple weeks ago, I finally broke down and bought the pattern! I wanted to try an slip this one in before Christmas but I am struggling with the fabric choices. It just looks so lovely in solids that I kind of want to go that route, BUT I have alot of fabric to uses as well!

    Enough about me! I LOVE this quilt! Your old version, your new Version, all of them!

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  2. Sharon T
    Sharon T says:

    My sleeve is sewn on and am hanging my beautiful quilt today. Thank you so so much for creating such a fabulous design! This has to be my most favorite quilt of all time!

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  3. Karen
    Karen says:

    Lee, both of them are SO wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern and tutorial. As a beginner, it's a little (really a lot) intimidating, but in a year or 2. . . Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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