I was able to get this Christmas Wall Hanging finished this week. It is a quilt for my home, and is actually my own Christmas present. My mom gives us money each year, and this kit and pattern is what I spent my money on. It was low on the priority list, and I am so glad that it is finished and I can enjoy it until I take down the Christmas decorations.
As I mentioned in this post, I was originally going to use a more detailed pattern. But I decided to simplify it. I love the finished result.
I kept working on this quilt little by little amidst the rest of my Christmas stuff. One day I made the binding. Another day I basted it. A couple days later I quilted it.
I thought I would do a more detailed quilting, but ended up keeping it simple. Once I sat down at the machine, I traced around the snowflakes on the tree with my finger. I couldn't get it to flow well. So I decided to stipple on the red panel. If I can keep a flowing pattern with my FMQ, then my stitches look so much better.
I did something different on this quilt too. I used a red thread in the needle...
And a green thread in the bobbin. I was a little nervous, but you can only see a tiny bit on red thread on the back if you look VERY close. My tension was really good, and I was a happy girl.
I stippled in the green borders, and quilted in the ditch around the stars. I just love how these stars float in the border. It made binding so much easier.
I was able to get the binding sewn down by machine right after I finished quilting it. It was so nice having the binding already made, so I didn't have to get out the iron.
Then I did the handwork on the binding another day.
A few thoughts on binding by hand...
What do you do while you do the handwork on bindings (if you do it by hand)? I used to watch TV or movies while doing handwork, and I calculated how long I spent by how many movies I would watch doing it.
I have since found that I bind much faster if I am not watching something. So now I listen to music, a talk on tape, a book on tape, or I enjoy the silence. Most of the time now I just enjoy the silence and spend my time pondering my next quilting project. I bind much faster, but enjoy the peace and quiet. With three active boys, I look forward to quiet in the house. ;)
I love the way the green binding turned out, and the green snowflake print on the back.
But I especially love it hanging in my kitchen. (Most of my decorations are in the basement family room, temporarily dubbed the Christmas Room.)
I know it would look so much better with a centerpiece on the table runner, but have I mentioned that I have three ACTIVE boys? ;)
Quilt Stats #77
Name: O Christmas Tree
Pattern: My own design
inspired by All That Glitters
Fabric: Starry Night by Northcott
Size: about 41 x 52 inches
Batting: Warm and Natural
Date Finished: December 2013
What I learned:
- I can use different colors of thread in the needle and bobbin if they are the same value.
- I like stiffer batting (100% cotton) in wall hangings.
- I LOVE Christmas quilts... but that is not really new ;)
I now have plans for using up the rest of my Starry Night fabric. I have a lot left, because I didn't follow the pattern I purchased. I am thinking about a large disappearing 9 patch starting with 8" squares. What do you think?