Did you change your decor this weekend? I did some decorating, a bit of cleaning, and got rolling on some sewing for the holidays. I have this Christmas panel pretty much done as I’ve been working on it over the past month. I’ll break it into a couple of posts to show you what I did.
I began by cutting it up. I really don’t need a door panel, so it became a set of three table runners or wall hangings.
I auditioned fabrics to put with the truck panel first. This was the best red, and I love the adorable mitten print. The colors in it were a perfect match, bringing in some black to pick up the black check ribbon in the panel.
I trimmed the section to be square, then measured it.
I trimmed the three pieces to an even number plus a half inch, which will make the math for the borders easy.
So, I trimmed this one to 24-1/2 inches square which means I need twelve squares per side for the inner border. I only wanted to use these three prints, so I cut long strips at 2-1/2-inches wide, then sewed them together. Cross cutting at 2-1/2-inches gives me some sets of three to speed up the border piecing.
Because the total number wasn’t divisible by 3, the squares wouldn’t work out to alternate them all the way around the top. So, I put a fourth dark green print in the corners. Then I added a black background dotted print as an outer border. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that the border across the top was oriented differently until after I had finished it and was looking at these pictures. Ah well.
I had plenty of the cute mitten print to do the background on the topper.
Usually, I would pick one fabric, load all the toppers at once and quilt them together, but this time I didn’t have enough of any one print that would work for all three. Plus, I decided to quilt in different colors of thread, so did them one at a time.
This one was quilted with a sage green Glide thread on top, with Bottom Line in the bobbin. The pantograph is the only holiday one I have, called Deck the Halls by Urban Elementz. It has bells and holly, but I put in loops instead of the curlicues it has, just for ease of quilting. I don’t do that well with backtracking on pantographs.
Quilting went smoothly, and the thread color disappears nicely over the motifs.
It adds a bit of texture and pattern to the background white.
I bound it in the same mitten print and this will make it reversible too.
I put it on a table for now, with my little farm trucks. I need to add a sleeve and a dowel to be able to hang it.
Are you doing any holiday sewing this week?
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