Woohoo - I finally have a finished quilt to share with you! I started this quilt all the way back in July 2013 (in this post) - can you believe it?
It's not even that this was a massively time consuming project - it just kept getting pushed aside in favour of other things. I used Aneela Hooey's Cherry Christmas line, with a couple of other random fat quarters thrown in to make up the numbers, and the scrappy trip along design that went viral a couple of years ago.
I had this quilt thread basted by Sue Burnett, a local long-arm quilter. Seriously, if you have access to a long-arm quilter, ask them about this. After trying it myself, I don't think I'd baste a large quilt again and many of my friends are converts now too. It's generally not very expensive and such a time and hassle saver. I then quilted the quilt myself on my Juki (for those who are curious, I didn't use the frame - this quilt was a bit big for it unless I added the extension). I love the simple loops design - it's the one I start off with when teaching free motion quilting and I like to show that it's something I actually use on my quilts as well.
I like hand stitching my bindings and I usually do so in the normal way - with a simple ladder stitch that's nearly invisible. On this quilt, I decided to do something different and stitch the binding down with Aurifil 12 weight thread using a running stitch. It's probably not quite as secure (and it certainly took a lot longer) but it's oh so cute. I will put together a little video tutorial on how to do this when I get back from QuiltCon (and I'm sure I've seen someone else use this on their quilt but I have no idea who - if you know, let me know!).
So now I have a Christmas quilt! It's hanging out on my couch even though it's nowhere near Christmas time. Luckily, Ivy approves.
Anyone else working on something completely out-of-season?
This is the first item I've finished off my Q1 Finish-Along list. I'm afraid my number of finishes for Q1 is going to be fairly unimpressive! How is everyone else going?