IT is never too early...
Or is it too late? as I may have some Christmas decorations that I never actually put away from Christmas 2020!
See that Nativity set in the background...I never actually put it away in January! Oops.
Am I early or late?
This months Island batik challenge was to create a holiday project. I don't have many holiday quilts and I love Table Quilts. It is kind of like a big placemat.
I decided to use my Accuquilt Tumbler die and create a modern stripe quilt with some sort of embellishment.
I drew up some plans in EQ8 and colored it with some specific stripes.
I thought maybe I would applique some Christmas ornaments as well.
Stash builder rolls are a FAVORITE because the 5" strips are perfect for so many projects. I used the stash builders for my whites/lights. Ask for them at your local quilt shop.
I collected all my greens and cut a 5" strip from each.
Piecing was pretty quick. No I did not use that seam ripper. Mostly.
The rows went together fast.
I hang them from my longarm bars as I stitch them together.
Once together I added a top/bottom border. I quilted with a pale green thread and used Hobbs Heirloom batting.
After the initial quilting, I added some redwork embroidery. I wanted something just on the center. It will be visible when being used on a table.
I trimmed the sides after quilting and bound in one of the bright greens.
See this blue green tumbler? I added it so that the quilt would go with my buffet in my dining room.
And the finish:
It is 64" by 38".
And maybe a bit of a fun pic: as I am writing the blog, I must test out the cookies that I make for the photo shoot!
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~ The Inquiring Quilter
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke, Fiber Artist
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas ~ CurliCue Creations
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Its 2021 and even though things are looking up, we are still in the midst of a Pandemic. We really need to find some joy. The bright colors and act of creating with fabric can bring so much joy in a stressful time. I will continue to create while I am just beginning to start traveling and teaching. Follow me on Instagram to find more fun and colorful quilt projects (and some gardening and cooking too!). @bestquilter