This is my last quilt of 2013. :o) And the first time I laid a quilt on the snow for a picture!
I finished Boxing Day with a whole day to spare. I named it Boxing Day for many reasons. First, my friend Esther suggested it. (Thank you, Esther). Second, I realized when Genie commented, that it does look like a bunch of Christmas presents. (And I do use elegant gold and red wrapping paper.) Third, I finished it right after Christmas. (The backing fabric was 50% off after Christmas.)
It is funny to think that it all started, because I bought this stack of fabric to make table runners for my sister and sister-in-law.
I just fell in love with the fabric, and had to buy more to make me a new wall hanging.
Because I didn't follow the original pattern, I had a lot of green fabric left. So I went back to the store and bought another yard and a half of red fabric to even it out. I added some more beige with gold fabric which was in my stash, and had the perfect amount to make this quilt top.
All I had to do was go buy more red fabric for the backing. I had enough for the binding and extra stripe of the backing.
What is that? Four trips to the fabric store for this Starry Night fabric, and I still totally love it.
I decided I wanted to quilt it in a golden thread, but not metallic. So I held a little try-out.
I compared the golden threads I had to a real metallic, and started with that golden yellow (to the left of the metallic). I used that until it was gone. Then I used the golden tan (to the right of the metallic.) I don't think anyone but me will know I used two different colors. Well, except anyone reading this. ;)
I finished up the quilting on the 30th of December. I quilted loose pointy spirals.
Then I quickly sewed the binding on by machine.
I started the handwork on the binding with 36 hours until the new year, and finished with nearly 30 hours to spare.
I hope you don't mind a little show and tell, because I am seriously loving this quilt! Here it is in all its glory:
And here is the pieced back. I thought it would be fun to use two different reds.
How about some close-ups...
That old golden fabric from my stash really blends in well. It is hard to tell that there are really two different prints meeting in a 4-patch above.
I love how the golden quilting turned out. It was worth fighting the thread breaking to get this finished. I changed my needle, changed the thread, and tried quilting slower. It still kept happening, so my Janome is now being serviced. (Probably should have been done a while ago.)
I think it is kind of ironic that I was hurrying to finish this quilt in 2013 - just to say that I did - when I won't be using it much for the next eleven months. LOL.
I just have to say, that you know you are a quilter when the biggest criteria for your new living room furniture is how it will look with a quilt draped over it.
You also know your husband is totally used to your quilting habit when he doesn't think twice when you ask the salesman to borrow a throw from another display to see how it looks over the back of the sofa. ;) My husband even helped me adjust the furniture a little in the showroom, so I could try it out. (Although the salesman must have thought I was a little odd.)
My new sofas were delivered this morning *squee* just in time for pictures. I now think I need some star pillows out of this fabric.
You know, it really does look like presents under the tree. I am loving the name of the quilt even more.
I also love this quilt on the rack behind the sofas.
Yep, I definitely need some pillows for next year.
Okay, I think I am done with the pictures. I had so much fun taking them. Next, time I will try to reign myself in.
I think that next year this quilt may move around the house throughout the Christmas season. It was so much fun seeing it in different rooms around the house.
Quilt Stats #78
Name: Boxing Day
Pattern: Large Disappearing 9-Patch
Fabric: Starry Night by Northcott
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: About 66 x 88 inches
Date Finished: December 30, 2013 :D
What I Learned:
- It is easier to cut an 8 inch square in half than a 24 inch square.
- I can use a more contrasting thread. I love the look of this gold.
- My thread may break less if I quilt a little slower.
If you want to read more about the process behind this quilt, check out this post.
P.S. I may have to go to the store yet again for this fabric. I need backings for the pillows I will make out of the scraps. And maybe a new tree skirt. I found out a couple days ago that my husband doesn't like the store-bought one. Please, tell me I'm not too crazy.
P.P.S. I am linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
P.P.P.S. This post was highlighted by Val as part of her Nine Patch/Disappearing Nine Patch archives post.