Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas as they say here in the UK. I’ve been busy having a lovely time with my parents. We’ve been all over and are looking forward to a nice quiet day tomorrow cooking for Christmas Day.

I promised a Christmas quilt reveal! This is the retro Christmas sampler that I started about 2 years ago. I was worried it was starting to look a bit country but I think I saved it with the white mirror ball Michael Miller fabric sashing, the red and white stripe binding and the Christmas Lady on the back that reminds me of Betty Draper from Mad Men! It’s a good lap size and if I hadn’t wanted to get it done so badly I maybe would have added another 3 squares to make it a bit longer…

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Merry Christmas everyone. Have a wonderful day with family and friends.

Half Square Triangles

I promised lots of projects this week. Awhile ago I shared the half square triangle baby Christmas quilt that I was working on, check out that post here. The top had been sitting around for awhile, wanting to be finished…

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I didn’t think about the quilting too much but it ended up really pretty. It was a tricky one to quilt because the half square triangles create a lot of bulk at the seams. I’ll need to rethink the pressing direction if I do it again. I started with two lines on either side of a seam like I usually do and then decided to do some zigzags down each row. After I’d done a few it worked out that the zigzags were forming pretty diamonds. I kept going with that for the rest of the quilt…

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I chose some pretty blue Riley Blake dots for the binding. Doesn’t it look so cute all rolled up…

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Of course it had to get sewn on though…

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I’m just finishing off sewing the binding down but here it is. Looks a bit wrinkled but looks better in person…

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