Christmas Day is almost here and I am not ready. Usually I am
pretty organized but this year, I am behind. The funny part is that
I am not stressing about it- yet. Maybe when the kids get out of
school, that will be my wake up call. Until Friday, I am ok.
Janate saw this Nancy Halvorsen pattern hanging on my wall
last year. She fell in love with it and asked me to make her one.
Somehow, I did manage to complete hers while my own
wallhanging is still hanging on the wall- uncompleted. Anyone else
feel my pain?
You have got to love how cute this pattern is. The cheeks
are embroidered onto Santa’s face and the moustache is added
once the whole thing is quilted.
I tried to quilt in lines that resembled the wind blowing in this
block. And Santa’s beard was quilted to resemble wavy hair.
The cardinals have their beaks embroidered and their
eyes consists of French knots. I quilted in swirls in the
cream background, straight lines in the gold sections
and wavy lines in the aqua background.
Rudolph received some buttons too. I really love his red button
nose, it has a swirl in it as well. Wind was the idea behind the
quilting for this block . And I love the snowflakes in the
bottom of the block.
I wanted to create the illusion of the ornaments hanging on a
tree, so thus the reason for the branches. And the bottom
ornament has the name of the family who will be hanging
this in their home.
Strips add a bit of drama as well. And the 3D leaves add some more
interest to the overall wallhanging.
The backing shows some of the quilting. Monofilament thread
was used for the outlining of the motifs in the blocks. I did
use a fusible to attach all the motifs onto the background blocks.
I really don’t like Satin stitching at all and I didn’t have time to
do this so I put the top on the frame and stitched around each
motif with monofilament thread. Then, I added the backing and
the batting and quilted this wallhanging. It took longer than I
anticipated but is well worth the time.
After the top was completed, there still was alot of embellishments
to add and some embroidery that needed to be done.
Now I just have to repeat it all over again. I am looking forward to
completing my own version of this wallhanging.
Have a great week and don’t stress too much. You will get it all done
by the time Christmas Day arrives.