August 21, 2010

Hodgepodge Christmas Quilt

I am very excited about the free motion quilt along!  So while she hasn't gotten started yet, I have!  Christina said she would be spending a little bit of time making a quilt top, but that we should feel free to use something plain or something we had on hand, I thought that if I went ahead and picked something, came up with a design, and made it from what I had 1. it would cost less, 2. it might look better with the fabrics, and 3. I could choose where to put what based on how much I had of aforesaid fabrics.
So I started and finished my flismy.  Here it is at 54.25" x 55" I haven't decided if I'll border around it or just what.  At it's current size if I don't decide to keep it as a reference - it would make a great Christmas gift for someone's teacher...   
Did you see the secondary view of this quilt?  Take another look and see, different now hu?  My pattern for this quilt calls for trapezoids, so of course I did it with half square triangles instead, that made it so much easier not only to sew, but to cut as well.  I think as it is this is a great freemotion practice quilt.  After all look at how many skinny spots I'll have for border practice, and the squares for block type practice.  

How would you border this?  What size would you allow it to grow too?  I have a tiny bit of the plaid, none of the Santa faces, lots of the red paisley and a fair to large amount of the reindeer leftover.  Oh and I have a beautiful red blender flannel.

If you look at the upper left corner of the top photo you can see I substituted a solid green for the Santa's - that's how completely out of the Santa fabric I am, but I'm already planning to embroider a bit - perhaps a label there in white to drag away any lingering contrast.


Aunt Spicy said...

Ohhhh, I had to stare a bit to see the pattern its very fun! How big do you want it to be? Would you use it on a bed or as a throw!

Vicki said...

My vote for the border fabric is the reindeer fabric, it's just so cute, love it.

QuiltSue said...

It looks great, all warm and snuggly, and that's before you've quilted it. It's going to be lovely.