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Christmas Quilt

Well I decided that there would be no Fun Friday last week and worked on my Christmas quilt.

Block 16

Block 16/16

All of the tree blocks are quilted and I’m practicing some free-motion designs for the border. Here are my practice pieces, starting with poinsettias (used up some pink thread and almost-empty bobbins). I like the poinsettia but not the meandering in-between.

Poinsettia motif

Poinsettia motif

Here are some other designs I’ve started playing with. So far I’m leaning toward the tree/snowflake motifs. The trunk of the trees will come out from the inner seam of the border.

Tagline, practice border quilting, holly, trees/snowflakes

Tagline, practice border quilting, holly, trees/snowflakes

Practice border quilting, trees/presents

Practice border quilting, trees/presents

Practice border quilting, trees/presents

Practice border quilting, trees/presents

Is this pieced binding not cool? Not.

Pieced binding

Pieced binding

Strip piecing

Strip piecing

Well, yes, it’s cool but it’s so not happening. Perhaps if I pressed the seams open (perhaps not). Perhaps if I cut wider strips to begin with (perhaps not). I had to use less than 1/4-inch seam and it tends to stretch funkily–is that even a word. I’ll repurpose this strip-pieced set and go with some Christmas polka dot fabric I have.

Binding fabric

Binding fabric

When I’m not working on the Christmas quilt, I’m spending part of every day weaving in thread ends on Self-Portrait II. I’ll take a break from my pile of Christmas projects as soon as that’s done. I should be able to finish my Christmas tree quilt this week. It’s a busy week–my husband has pre-op for one cataract surgery, I’m teaching a young person to sew, and there will be a new exhibit at Crystal Bridges (American Made Folk Art), which I’ll be previewing on Fun Friday.  All of us local makers are excited. Throw in exercise, cooking, and cleaning and I’ll be ready for another vacation. Till next time, I hope you’re surviving the heat, the floods, the politics, Brexit, and the mayhem and chaos that is our world.