The quilt top is done and has been for a while, summer of 2011! Crazy, I know! This was one of my first major quilts. There were a lot of new elements for me. I got pretty good at half square triangles and trimming. It started out as a throw quilt, but I had plenty of fabric, so it kept getting bigger.
It is far from perfect! I just have to keep reminding myself that I had to start somewhere and that I have made a ton of progress since then.
- Moda Bake Shop pattern: Summer Dreamin’
- Size: 100 x 114
- Fabric: Kate Spain Flurry
- Quilt pattern: Christmas Whimsy
I have been procrastinating making the backing. I finally pulled the backing fabric out of bin and sewed it together. I forgot to take a picture of it. I didn’t put zippers on, figured that I could pin the quilt backing onto the long arm frame to make sure it wasn’t wonky. I have a hard time sewing the zippers on evenly with large pieces of backing – 9 yards.
I have been putting off the long-arm quilting because I knew it would be expensive. Julie and I had a long-arm quilting appointment on June 1st. Julie was bringing a queen/king size quilt, so why not use the time to get this done while we were hanging out together.
This gives you a glimpse of the backing.
You can see the long arm pattern on the screen. This is from when I started, that is why the top of the Christmas tree is cut off.
I used white thread on the top and in the bobbin. The pattern really fades into the background, so the quilt pattern and fabrics really are the prominent feature. You can barely see the trees in the top left corner of the quilt.
You can see the Christmas tree pattern a bit better in this block.
It took almost 6 hours to quilt. The pattern, Christmas Whimsy, was quite intricate. Each quilting pass was 31 minutes long. It took almost 6 hours to quilt this king size quilt.
The binding was made Wednesday night. The binding was put on today – just in time for Finish It Up Friday! This is a BIG quilt for me. I had to open my desk drawer to spread some of the weight of the quilt when I was trying to bind it.
I can cross another WIP off my list! This Christmas quilt is all ready for the next holiday season and Minnesota winter! Have to say, today was a great way to start off my summer vacation.
Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!