Prosper Christmas Quilt

WJust keep quilting, just keep quilting!  Sometimes it takes a message like that to reach the finish line with a quilt.  My shoulders and neck are still tight from wrestling this quilt through my Juki, but it was worth it.  I’ve finished my Prosper Christmas Quilt!

I made this quilt with my Prosper Quilt Pattern and a bundle of Swell Christmas fabric by Moda.  I threw in a number of solids and prints from other collections as well.  It’s a happy combination of color and prints, and makes a lovely quilt.

I quilted my Prosper Christmas quilt with scallops, using an acrylic ruler to create the pattern.  It’s got plenty of mistakes, but is much better than last time I tried this pattern.  I’m getting better!

Overall I think the texture of the quilting is fantastic.  I love how it looks in this light.  It takes a lot of patience to quilt an allover design like this, but I’m glad I did it.

I got really lucky this year and found the green poinsettia print on clearance.  Then I was so excited about buying it that I didn’t even think about measurements and only bought four yards.  I needed more than that, so there is a skinny strip of a red and white ticking stripe at the top of the back.  It plays well with all the other fabrics and I like it.  But seriously, why didn’t I stop and think?

I dug through my stash to find a binding instead of shopping for one.  This red and white scallop is perfect and I had fun adding it to finish the quilt.  Once again, I finished this binding by machine because I have a hundred other things to be doing!  I want to use this quilt for snuggling tonight when we read our Christmas story.

This last photo is a record of my son’s funny Rudolf snowman.  It makes me laugh.  He’s got a radish for a nose, and I think the antlers and stubby legs are great.  Life is wonderful, isn’t it?  And wrapping quilts I made around people I love makes it even better.

Christmas Color Stack Quilt

My frantic efforts to finish up Christmas quilts continue.  I haven’t quite reached my goal of a month with a festive Christmas quilt at the foot of each bed, but I’m really hoping to finish them this year so I can enjoy them next year.  I keep saying this is my gift to my 2020 self.  I made my Christmas Color Stack quilt top last year, and now it’s a finished quilt!

I still love the colors in this one.  It’s a mash-up of all the reds, greens, pinks and plenty of blues with a few oranges thrown in for good measure.  Definitely not my most traditional Christmas quilt, but lots of fun.

I decided to be brave with my quilting, and with thread color.  The bright red thread blends well in some spots and sticks out in others.  I quilted long feathers in each row, going opposite directions from one row to the next.  It felt a little tedious when I was quilting it, but the more I look at it now, the more I like it.

In the skinny rows I did a smaller pattern and it worked well.

Overall the texture is great and we will enjoy this quilt for many years, I hope!

I used the same Alexander Henry nutcracker print on the back that I used in the inserted strips on the front.  This print was the original inspiration behind putting ALL the colors in the quilt top.  I made a scrappy binding for this one.  It is finished by machine to save me time in an already crazy week.

My Christmas Color Stack Quilt is made using my Color Stack Pattern.  I added measurements for the inset strip in my post about the quilt top.  It’s a fun pattern that is easy to make!

Peppermint Quilt

I can’t seem to pick a favorite Christmas color scheme.  I like the traditional red and pine green, and I like jewel tones that bring in blues and hot pink.  Silver, gold and white?  Yes, I like that too.  But when I see candy colors and pastels added to the mix, I always smile.  This Peppermint Quilt makes me smile.

You may remember the peppermint version of my Anthem Quilt pattern.  I made this quilt top last year and finally quilted it.  I’m making progress on quilting all my Christmas quilt tops this year, and I have a few more yet to start.  (My Giant Hunter’s Star and Supergiant Hunter’s Star holiday quilts were finished last week, hooray!)

I decided to be brave in my quilting.  The red swirls in the stars continue the peppermint theme and create movement.  I practiced drawing these on scratch paper before I tried quilting them.

In the green background I used a green thread and quilted holly leaves.  Each holly leaf is half of each background color and I like how it looks.

The holly leaves almost look like snowflakes.  It was fun to try something new with my quilting and have it work!  I finished by quilting around the outline of each star.

I saved this “ho ho ho” sheet for years to use as a backing for a holiday quilt.  The minty green is the perfect color for my peppermint quilt.  The quilting looks pretty from the back, too.  (Relief!)

One thing I love about quilting is the way a pattern can look completely different, and it’s just a matter of fabric and color choice.  I still love my original Anthem Quilt with the red, white and blue stars, but a two color background and pink/red stars completely changes the final look.

 

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