At the retreat in September, I picked up a couple of Christmas panels, and this week I had some time to sew. I really wanted to work on something seasonal, so I pulled out the one in red that spells out Christmas to work on. I pulled some prints from stash, and found a holly print that was big enough to be a backing.
I began by trimming the panel so the red was an equal width all around. I wanted to add another border, so I went back to the bags of Christmas fabrics to figure out what I could use.
I found these blocks inside the bag, and had forgotten about them yet again. I’ve pulled them out several years in a row now, never being able to find a way to use them. I didn’t make them, and I cannot remember where they came from. After I had trimmed the panel, I realized it was more square than rectangular. Maybe I could use these six blocks to make it more of a lap size.
So, I put three on one end to gauge what more would be needed.
I pulled more green fabrics and began to audition filler prints. Neither of these suited me.
I tried two more, and settled on the holly print as it picked up the theme from the panel border.
Now I have something closer to a lap size.
It needs one more border to unify the blocks with the panel. This cute red print with Christmas words seemed good.
Well, now it is too long and skinny. Not quite wide enough for a nice lap size, yet too long for a wall hanging. The only thing to do now is make it bigger. So, here comes another border. I used the holly print originally planned for the backing, as it was now too small to use for that. It also picks up the holly print in the panel border.
I found a beige, wide width fabric with white dots for backing, and loaded it on the longarm with Hobbs Premium 100% cotton batting.
The snowflake pantograph was still on the table, so I decided to use it. I changed the thread over to an ecru Glide on the top, and the same color Bottom Line for the bobbin, and began the quilting.
About halfway down the first full pantograph row, I remembered the Christmas pantograph that I had, with holly and bells. That one was probably the better choice as it would have echoed the holly in several areas. Ah, but no matter, the snowflakes look just fine.
I left off yesterday at the end of that row. I’ll get more done on it today, and over the weekend, and expect to have it finished and bound by mid-week.
I’ll bind it in red to echo the inner red border. I plan to sell it, so send me an email if you are interested. $65 plus shipping via 2-day flat rate, payment by check or money order.
Are you doing any Christmas sewing or activities this week?
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