Cherry Christmas has been completed. I would have thought this would have been quilted sooner, but there was the white square dilemma.
Post 1: WIP#7 Cherry Christmas Quilt
Post 2: Memorial Weekend Quilt Top Finish
Post 3: What to do? Cherry Christmas Whites
Post 4: Cherry Christmas Redux: I couldn’t let it go”
We actually had President’s Day off this year, so I booked a long-arm appointment. Bright and early at 8 a.m. for my day off! That tells you I was serious about getting some quilting done. I was able to get the first machine up and running with my Cherry Christmas quilt. While I was doing that, Lucy – the owner, was kind enough to help get the second one loaded and set up. This was a tremendous help considering I had to leave by 12:45 p.m. for a doctor appointment. I wanted something a bit more whimsical to match Aneela Hoey’s drawings. This quilt has a winter/Christmas vibe, hence the name Cherry Christmas. I was torn between doing something “windy”, holly berries, circles, or snowflakes. I couldn’t find the right circle pattern. The holly and berries quilting might have been to overpowering on such a large scale. The best I could do was to mix the wind and snowflakes. This quilt actually was pretty simple and went without any major hitches. The large snowflakes about 10 inches, so I wasn’t to do 2 passes while quilting. However, if I would have done 2 passes (down the long arm and back) the snowflakes would have been small and intricate, therefore making the passes longer. I went with a simple silver gray so the quilting is subtle and doesn’t distract from the fabric or quilt pattern. The back has the matching silver thread that blends in well with the gray backing. I decided to Sew My Stash as part of Instagram’s #sewmystash2015, and use fabric I already own. I had the choice of white or green binding. As much as I like white, I knew that binding would definitely show any amount of dirt. So green became the winner by default. You may be asking… didn’t she have the binding done?!?! Nope, again no binding. In my defense, my Cherry Christmas extras were living with Julie. She has plans for a Cherry Christmas quilt with a layer cake, but was short a couple of 10 inch blocks. She brought the fabric to the quilt retreat and I grabbed the green that I needed and sent the rest back with her. Does that count as a bit of destashing? The green is a cross between olive-green and lime. Not the easiest to color match the thread. I took the fabric to the local Janome dealer to pick up thread. This was the winner: Celery by Iris Quilting Cotton Thread
I know that this seems like a long time for me to get the binding on since it was long arm quilted in February. I have been dealing with some health issues lately, so nothing happens on any sort of deadline. Plus I procrastinate binding!
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