Saturday, January 6, 2018

Christmas Red and Ice Blue

Scrappy Christmas stars was finally finished this morning.  Hurray, I've got a Christmas quilt ready for 2018, eleven months early!
Here's a photo of the quilting in progress.  I did this quilt-as-you-go style.  The center 16 stars and the inner border were set together first.  I quilted all but the inner border, and then added the outer borders of stars and red strips.  In this photo, I have just added the top and bottom borders.  Once joined together, I quilted the rest of it.  I'm using my electric Pfaff with the built-in walking foot.
It's a small quilt, only 64 in. x 64 in., shown here on a twin bed.
I quilted the red borders with a leaf stencil I've had for years and never used til now.
Instead of a label, I wrote on the back with permanent red ink.  The binding is sewn on by machine.  It's in the dryer now, and I hope it will be all crinkly when it comes out.
So that's Christmas red.
Here's ice blue--blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018.  Our color for January is light blue.  The pattern is called Mary's Baskets, and comes from this book:
Classic & Heirloom Quilts, by Betsy Chutchian.  I'm also making a variation of the quilt on the cover.
Five blocks done so far.  I'm changing things around a little, I always do.
I've been collecting, studying, documenting, and drooling over antique quilts for many, many years, but I've never seen a quilt just like this one.   Until...
this one!  Weirdly, it's in a book I bought on the same day as the Chutchian book.
Pioneer Quilts, by Lori Lee Triplett.  It's a nice easy block, and should use up tons of reproduction fabric scraps from the 2.5 in. bin.
I'm happy to have finished a quilt this week, but I realize I just started two more.  Is that even legal?  At any rate, it makes me happy.
Stay warm and happy this week, if you can.
Cheers,
Sylvia@Treadlestitches
Linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts, Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Angela at Soscrappy.










10 comments:

  1. Ooh, I just love your beautiful star quilt! Those are my favorite vintage Christmas shades of red and green. I feel all warm and fuzzy just looking at the picture. Congratulations on a lovely finish!

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  2. I don't think the quilt police will come and get you for starting two new quilts. Especially right after a finish. It is a new year after all!

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    1. Well, that's a relief! Especially since I started cutting out two more! Happy New Year!

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  3. Congratulations on your Christmas quilt finish! I think that's a record for finishing one super early, ha ha! That alone justifies starting two new ones :)

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    1. Thanks, Louise! I'm sort of sad I have to put it away with the other Christmas quilts, but it will still seem new in December.

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  4. Congrats! on completing your Christmas quilt. Nice progress on your BLUE blocks for the RSC!!

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    1. Thanks, Joyful! I always love reading about your projects on your blog. Your hoodie shawl cardigan is intriguing.
      Cheers,
      Sylvia

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  5. congrats on a Christmas 2018 finish! yay, you!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! For once, I'm finished "early"!

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