Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Christmas in January

My first nearly completed quilt is one I intended as a Christmas gift for my daughter. Life happened in December, and I was distracted from finishing. Now I am racing to get it quilted and bound before January ends. Not sure that is going to happen, but I am enjoying the race.

It all started with the purchase of a theme panel in Moda's Nature's Gift from my LQS. The panel features poinsettias, amarylis, and birds - perfect for my daughter who loves to include birdies in her decor.

One of the kind ladies at Quilt 'N Sew assisted me in choosing a backing that was not, in her words, "too matchy-matchy". I ended up not having enough and had to piece it with some light fabric I had in my stash. I actually like it pieced, because it gave me an opportunity to include a beautiful part of the panel.

I ordered a charm pack and coordinating fabric in Snowy White that will also be used for binding.

Instead of following a pattern, I decided to fussy cut the panel and piece it with the charm pack and fabric.

I ran into some problems sandwiching it and had to seek advice on how to keep from getting wrinkles on the back. I have begun to quilt the sandwich, and in spite of taking two free motion quilting classes, my confidence level is low. I read somewhere that a glass of wine helps, so that is what I'm trying. I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. Linda, this is BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors and the birds. In fact, it would go quite well with the winter birds bedding from Pottery Barn that I treated myself to this past season. Quilting is something that I don't do, so I'm always in awe of people who do it, and so very well.

  2. I think you're doing great with your FMQ so far. I've been practicing and it's really hard to get the hang of.

  3. Tricia, I guess I thought it would be easy because I saw so many others doing it - thanks for the encouragement!


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