Monday, December 21, 2015

Design Wall Monday--a finish to share

A bit late, but I do have a finish to celebrate for DWM!  I finally got all the quilting done on the Christmas Quilt and it is ready to snuggle under on the couch.
I had to bump up the contrast to get the border to show as green and not black due to the nighttime shot, but here is the throw fresh off the sewing machine. 
 The back is pieced to keep the script print right side up :) 

Although initially I didn't think I really liked it, I persevered with the circles in the pieced blocks and most of them got a holly leaf detail in the center.  This was a very easy free motion design to do.  I felt the circles made the quilting a bit more modern.
I repeated the holly leaves but added berries in the border, and used green thread to keep the focus on the center blocks and not interrupt the dark green dotted print.  Desiring to use the green dot for the binding as well but having limited amount, the dreaded MATH dragon raised its head.

I had little of this red candy cane print that I used for the cornerstones and figured I had just enough of it to use on the corners.  I cut 12 inch sections of the red print at 2.5"wide and ironed them in half lengthwise like the other binding pieces.  I folded the red print binding segments in half and aligned the folded edge with the raw edge of my quilt top and pinned it in place.  Then I sewed the green dot  binding pieces to the free ends of the red print using a straight seam instead of a diagonal, measuring and cutting the green print binding only to proper length.
You can see in this picture where I joined the red print to the green print binding.  This procedure I did one at a time as I approached the corners while attaching the binding to the quilt sandwich.  I had to make a couple of straight joins in the green dot binding but they are really invisible.

This worked out perfectly and each corner detail measured the same.  It is so great when an idea and a sketch come together just the way one planned!  Unfortunately, when I washed the quilt for the first time, despite using a color catcher cloth, some of the red and green prints in the blocks ran--obviously a sign of not having been prewashed. My practice is to always wash all my fabrics before cutting and sewing, and certainly for any blocks that I might swap.  I'm sure more of this will wash out in subsequent laundering--this is a quilt for me and I'm not particularly concerned.  These blocks have been waiting to become a quilt for about 8 years.  So happy they are a real quilt finally.

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Barb said...

great Christmas Quilt!. Perfect for watching Christmas movies and eating cookies

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

"Plan your work and work your plan!" You did it!! The Christmas quilt is wonderful. Well done, remember: math is your friend! ;) Merry Christmas!

Sue Daurio said...

Perfect timing for the finish. Love the circle and holly quilt. And the backing with the print, what is it about words on fabric that is so special? The binding is the icing on the cake that little bit of red in the corners frames it so perfectly. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

Kate said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish. The red sashing in the corners worked out well. Enjoy snuggling under it this week. Happy Holidays.

Dawn said...

Beautiful finish, great creative binding corners. Enjoy your holiday!

Chantal L. said...

Wow! Great quilt, great binding too. Love it. I've never seen binding like this. You might just have started a new wave for 2016. Congrats on this gorgeous finish. Beautiful way to finish the year. ;^)
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Joyful Quilter said...

Love the binding and the holly. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Tanya said...

Congratulations! All your hard work really paid off and good for you for getting it done before Christmas Day. It will be a family heirloom.

Belinda said...

8 years!? sound like me OR I sound like you!! I'm jealous you have such a cute one ALL FINISHED and could actually use it this Christmas. I just took my folded red/white/green flimsies and hung them over the back of several chairs to at least get to enjoy them a little anyway.

You did a great job on the quilting always!!

Happy New Year friend!!

MartiDIY said...

That is a great backing fabric! It looks like the holly leaves would be difficult, but they are really nice in the block.