Friday, December 18, 2015

christmas tree quilt finished

All I've wanted for Christmas was to find my Cutco scissors (which I was convinced had found their way to the trash) and to finish this Christmas Tree Quilt.  

Last week I happened to mention to my DIL what my first Christmas wish was and she produced a pair of Cutco scissors that had made their way to their house after a family activity.  Wow!  I was thrilled.  I really wasn't expecting to find them since they've been missing for months.  So, it was like winning a give-away!  I think I'll wrap them up and put them under the tree for added affect.

Then this week, instead of doing responsible adult things, I decided to finish my Christmas quilt.  (so when our adult kids arrive tomorrow for Christmas, they will have to make their own beds and clean their bathrooms upon arrival, ha ha.  Supplies are under the sink)

Sorry for all the pictures in this post, but I am seriously in love with this quilt.  I don't think I'll be able to put it away with the rest of the Christmas stuff in January.  It just may sit out for a while.

quilt stats:
size - 52 x 65 (washed)
fabric - modern back ground paper by Zen Chic, Feed Company by Sweetwater,  Numbers in White from 8 days a week by Ampersand for Windham Fabrics, Holiday Text on red from Winterfall by Lecien Fabrics, Large Gingham Check in red by Lecien, Fashion Show colors B and E by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa of Japan, Daysail red stripe by Bonnie & Camille, Sunkissed, Hometown and Count down to Christmas by Sweetwater and some Carolyn Friedlander.
Negative space is Kona pdf.
back - Brannock and Patek woven basics.
binding - hometown by sweetwater
batting - 80/20% comfort blend by Winline
quilting - organic straight line on the hq sweet sixteen.
quilt pattern - Amanda Jean's Tree pattern and Sawtooth Star Blocks using Eleanor's "Quilt in a Day" Flying Geese ruler for a 3 x 6 finish. Center squares are 6 1/2".

The inspiration for this quilt came from here and was shamelessly copied from here, which lead me to Amanda Jean's tree pattern.  It's very easy to follow, and highly recommended, unless you like wasting time and fabric.

I fell in love with these red Christmas trees and started making a bunch.  

I used No. 8 DMC floss from the big sewing box store.  

I'm alway afraid of reds bleeding (unfortunately by experience).  So, I did a little test on this piece.  I washed it without any dye catchers to see if it would bleed, which it didn't. 

I wanted there to be strength and durability in the chunky hand stitching, so after the top was pieced,  I basted the top to the batting and hand stitched through the batting (so you don't see the hand stitching from the back)  My friend taught me to wrap the thread around the needle 3 to 4 times to make a knot strong enough. 

I got a little carried away with the trees, and had some extra to make wall hangings for gifts.  You can read about that here.

The back fabric is Brannock and Patek woven basics.  These sawtooth star blocks are made by making 4 flying geese using Eleanor Burn's FG ruler (best invention since sliced bread!!! makes trimming all those fg SO much easier!!)  

You can learn about that ruler and how to use it from Eleanor's video, here.

the binding is basted and waiting for hand sewing (the next time hubby wants to watch a football game together :)  

This quilt will be joining the "2015 quilts photo shoot" next week.

Quilted on the great "hq sweet sixteen".  You can read more about that here 

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  1. Linda, this is wonderful! I love red and white and the variety of your fabrics. I will remember your idea about stitching through the top and batting only so the stitching will not show on the back. You inspired me to make my very own little Christmas tree!

  2. I do love the trees pattern; I've been seeing it pop up in so many places. Love your big and little quilts.

  3. awesome -- simple awesome
    I'm in love with it ....

  4. Your quilt deserves every photo, it's brilliant and I would keep it out all the year round!
    Just visiting from CMQ,
    Happy Christmas from the UK,

  5. Love your Christmas tree quilt.

  6. I love how this quilt turned out. Congrats on an amazing finish.

  7. This is awesome! I love the love volume combined with all of the different red holiday blocks.

  8. I love the way your quilt has turned out. I can see why you wanted to have it ready. It is stunning. And I am so pleased you have your scissors back.

  9. Ha, I thought the xmas trees looked familiar! I love the way you have adapted the pattern to create your own quilt and I can see why you love it so much, it is really lovely. Have a Merry-no-longer-wondering-about-the-scissors-Christmas!

  10. What a fun modern Christmas quilt. Love the big stitch!

  11. Just delightful, you are justifiably proud.

  12. This is so lovely! You made it your own and I am going to save this for inspiration! Love the hand quilting! So impressed you did the straight line quilting on the SS!

  13. Great Christmas quilt! I love the part about the kids making their own beds and cleaning!

  14. i love the Christmas quilt. You said you shamelessly copied some of your ideas in the quilt and I may do the same with yours! Don't hold your breath as i start many things and finish few, but I do hope to do something similar and may email you with some questions. Thanks for the inspiration and I have followed Crazy Mom Quilts for a long time.

  15. Fun Christmas quilt! It's great that you bless so many with your quilting posts, instructing and encouraging them to begin their own efforts.
    We sure treasure Dad's quilt you gave to us--thank you! The design is beautiful and the precision sewing impressive!


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