Christmas in April (and May)
Last week I mentioned that the next quilt on my fix or die list was Tree’s Up! Lights On! I hated the tiny stipple quilting I had done in two blocks and it was just too much to rip (I had previously ripped out the quilting on at least one block) so I cut out the offending blocks, saved the backing, and then made three new blocks. I have quite a few unused tree blocks but only liked one for this top. Oh, and I had to cut into the two center blocks on the bottom row, so that’s why I needed a total of four new blocks. So I got those blocks sewed, put them into the top and cut new, wider borders. I wasn’t really happy with the previous batik borders. This is a really cool pattern but I tried to go all scrappy and the fabrics just didn’t play nicely so I rearranged the fabrics into groups of three, using one fabric for each background, one fabric for the tree tops and one fabric for the tree trunk. Look up this pattern and you’ll see how it was meant to be, with 10 green fat quarters, 10 white fat quarters and 10 red fat quarters, then mixing all the fabrics up. You trace the cutting design onto freezer paper and rotary slice, several fabrics at a time. Sewing it all back together can be tricky in spots and I’m glad I had made my own notes for future reference. See what the original pattern by Sandy Gervais looks like.
Here is the freezer paper pattern before slicing, sewing the trunk to a side piece, and three new trees.
And the top sewn back together.
So Saturday and Sunday I started piecing a new backing, using fabric from the old backing and leftovers from the new trees, plus three extra trees.
That the section on the right matched seams with the center section just happened–that happens sometimes. But wait, I still have more trees. I’m thinking of making wine bags from the rest of them, or place mats, or something. Next post I’ll fill you in on the other Christmas projects I’ll be finishing up during the merry month of May. Can it be–I’ll be ahead of the game as far as Christmas is concerned. Till then, enjoy the spring weather if you’ve got it. My dogwood is finally leafing out and it may even bloom this year. We’ll see. The first photo was taken on March 7 and the others were taken today.