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.

http://www.piecesfrommyheart.net/Trees-Up-Lights-On_p_118.html

Here is the freezer paper pattern before slicing, sewing the trunk to a side piece, and three new trees.

Cutting Layout

Cutting Layout

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Three new trees

Three new trees

Four new blocks

Four new blocks

And the top sewn back together.

New borders

New borders

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.

Pieced backing

Pieced backing

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.

New dogwood

New dogwood

Dogwood

Dogwood

Dogwood

Dogwood

 

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

Posted on April 20, 2016, in Christmas quilts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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