Today we get back to the last bit of the panel. I began this one by making flying geese in red and green, so I could alternate the colors. Using the no waste method made a bunch in a short time. I wanted the final geese to finish at 2×4 inches, so I cut my large squares 5-1/2-inches, and the white squares 3-1/8-inches. This will make them just a little bit bigger than needed.
Squaring them up to 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 will make the points come out well. See my post on No Waste Flying Geese to see details on that process.
I put the geese around the panel section. I do like the way the red and green bring out the greenery and berries on the panel. The geese sewn into strips are 2-inches wide, and I had cut the panel to an even number in both directions ( 22-1/2 x 6-1/2 ) to make fitting them easier.
Auditioning colors for the corners, I tried more prints in red and green, then I looked at some gold ones.
Ultimately, I decided on white as it was the only thing that didn’t detract from the geese. The corner squares are 4-1/2-inches square. I added an outer border of green.
Loading it on the longarm, once again the holly and bells pantograph was the best one for it. I threaded the machine with green thread to give some interest in the white.
The quilting went smoothly this time, with light green Glide thread on top, and Bottom Line in the bobbin. You can see how the bells and holly make the white background less stark, and nicely shows the quilting.
I had this pretty ornament print for backing.
I auditioned it for binding, but didn’t like it. It took focus away from the center as it has a lot of metallic threads. So, I went with the same green as the border, which will add a green frame to the backside. It will be reversible for using on a table.
All done, I put it on my antique Singer treadle sewing machine, with a little tree and a couple of stuffed toys. The reindeer is plushy and soft, and has such a cute face. Woodstock keeps him company next to a little tree with tiny ornaments.
I finished this before the Pokemon quilt disaster, and I’ll catch you up on that next week. Are you sewing this week?