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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Santa's Christmas Forest

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I hope all of you had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday.  It took some late-night sewing, but I managed to get my latest quilt all finished and even hung up on the wall before our Thanksgiving company arrived!

I am so happy with the way this quilt turned out.  I made Christmas tree blocks in three sizes- twelve, nine, and six inches, and arranged them randomly around Santa and Rudolph. 

Then, I opted to fill in the background with improv chunks of low volume fabrics.  Most of the fabrics are very light (even for low volume), and several have touches of gold or silver which just adds to the glistening forest feel of the quilt.  My very favorite fabric is the sheet music print, and I've actually had it in my stash for a long time.  I had about two yards of it, and I've been using little bits here and there, and I'm finally down to my last 1/3 yard.  I will be so sad when I run out!  The music is "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and I knew I had to include it in this quilt.

I quilted it with super dense swirls to give the feel of blowing wind and snow, and it always amazes me to see how the texture really brings the quilt to life.  I found this pretty print for the back, and it compliments the quilt so well.  Since the front has so much green, I knew I wanted the backing to feature more red.  The sheet music background, cardinals, and berries are just perfect, and this chunky red plaid binding makes such a great frame.

I don't have many quilts hanging on walls in my house, because most of my walls get direct sunlight for at least part of the day, and I have unfortunately learned my lesson on how quickly the sun can fade a quilt. But I knew this wall behind my couch would be a great spot, and this quilt was made specifically to hang there.  It measures 48" x 50".

Some years, I give a full rundown of all of my Christmas trees when I'm done decorating, but since I just showed close-ups of all four of my trees last year, I decided to show you how some of my Christmas things are displayed instead.  My Christmas Baubles quilt is so cozy on the back of my couch, and it gets plenty of snuggles, and the Santa Belly pillow is right at home on the couch too!  You can see my vintage aluminum tree in my breakfast room in the photo above and the main tree here, but of course if you'd like to see detailed shots of all four of my trees, you can check them out HERE!

Our party two weeks ago was so full of awesomeness!  Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic linked up this gorgeous Quilt-

This lovely quilt is by Sandra at mmm quilts-

Rebecca Grace Quilting linked up this mesmerizing quilt.  It's simple but so striking!

And finally, these whales by Quilting Gail are super cute!

Okay friends!  Let's get our party going!  I can't wait to see what you have going on this week.  It's Christmas crunch time!

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  1. Your Christmas quilt is adorable! And I enjoyed seeing how you displayed it in your home. A lovely addition to your holiday decor!

  2. Congratulations on getting the quilt done and hung in time for Thanksgiving. It's lovely and I love the sparkle the metallic prints add!

  3. Wow, your wall quilt is really gorgeous and your room looks like it's straight out of a decorating magazine!

  4. Awesome quilts from you and those featured from last week's party, Kelly!!

  5. I love seeing some of these that make me go, "oh yeah I remember that!" like your Santa belly cushion and the Christmas Baubles. I have that Christmas trees low volume by Rashida Coleman, super cute. This latest one is so perfect, and wow, you got it done FAST! Thank you for featuring my 94Quilt too. :-)

  6. I so love how beautiful your home looks with all your lovely creations! The natural light is lovely on your tree! Take good care!

  7. I love the airy look of your quilt with all the low volume prints in the background. And the swirls!!

  8. Your Christmas-decorated home looks lovely... and is such a huge contrast to mine, with no decorations! Everything you've put together looks like it belongs. I'm sure your Thanksgiving guests appreciated it. Your wall hanging is the perfect finish. Well done you, for designing and making such a pretty, original quilt!

  9. Love your Christmas tree, Santa, and reindeer quilt! Your house looks so homey for Christmas!


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