Christmas eye candy

I have decided to show you a few more Christmas quilts and wallhangings that

are hanging out at my house.  Some of these are quite old but I still love them anyways.

One of my first quilts

One of my first quilts

This wallhanging is a panel that I found, it must be at least 10 years old.

I hand quilted it  and added the red binding to finish it off.

 

another older wallhanging

another older wallhanging

This pattern is one of Thimbleberries, I think.

I changed it up a bit and added the embroidered

snowman in the middle.  Usually, it is quite the

conversation piece, due to what is written in the middle,

by the snowman.

close up of snowman wallhanging

close up of snowman wallhanging

I couldn’t resist stitching the “flakes” into the top too.

Everyone gets a chuckle out of it.

Recent wallhanging

Recent wallhanging

This is a recent wallhanging that I completed this year.

The pattern has been around for a long time but I

didn’t like how it hung on the wall-too stiff and wavy for me.

I had used an ultra Heat and Bond and I didn’t like the finished product.

My sister gladly took it off my hands for me.

Here are some of the embellishments that I really like:

crocheted snowflakes

crocheted snowflakes

I love snowflakes and so I had to crochet some and put on

the wallhanging.  A bit of silver metallic bits  and crystals help

the snowflakes to shine.

jingle bells

jingle bells

The horse needed some bells on his neck.

owl and snowman

owl and snowman

And the snowman needed  a hat and mittens, as well as an owl for

company.

my house

my house

And what front door doesn’t need a wreath and shrubs by the front door.

I had fun with the embellishments.

One thing I wanted to ask everyone though, what do you think of the

Go Cutters?  I am seriously thinking I may purchase one but am trying

to work out all the pros and cons.  Any opinions?  Does anyone have one?

Do  you think that it is worth the price?  And why?

Have a great week.

Ruth

A quick quilt binding tool?

During the summer, I bought this binding gadget believing the line that it was a quick way to make binding.

I was impressed that it had 3 different slots for 3 different sizes of binding – 2 1/4″  up to 2 3/4″ in width.

Binding gadget

Binding gadget

The gadget looked promising but when I tried it out, I was sorely disappointed.

I had to fold the fabric before it went through the slot and then you had to keep

checking that it was folded equally on both sides.  So, what a waste of time and money!!

While I was playing  with my new binding gadget, I made enough binding for 2 quilts:

a cute baby quilt and the Cathedral Stars quilt, pattern by Bonnie Hunter.

This panel came from Fabricland-yes, I can feel the shudders coming from you all!

Baby boy quilt.

Baby boy quilt.

I think it is cute.  What about you?

Fire truck on the baby boy quilt.

Fire truck on the baby boy quilt.

What is a baby boy quilt without a fire truck?

Here is the Cathedral Stars quilt-all done.

Bonnie Hunter's Cathedral Star quilt.

Bonnie Hunter’s Cathedral Star quilt.

Due to time restraints, I did a panto but it wasn’t that quick

due to its immense size.  I think 90″ x 90″. I decided to use a  So Fine golden thread-as it

blends well with all the different shades of brown, cream, red and gold.   On the backing,

I think I used the same thread too.

Close up of quilting.

Close up of quilting.

“Quirky” was the name of the pantograph I used due to its cirucular shape.  So many

points and square shapes within the piecing that I thought it could use something

circular quilted onto it.

Border of the quilt with "Quirky" as the panto.

Border of the quilt with “Quirky” as the panto.

This next quilt was pieced by Helen.  It is even more massive than my own: 120″ x 109″. Whew!

Helen's massive quilt.

Helen’s massive quilt.

That was one BIG quilt!  Helen wanted a  pantograph named “Flirtatous” but didn’t like the

size in relation to how big her quilt was.  So, off to Staples I went  and enlarged it.  It took

me a while to figure out the pattern due to its enlarged size but in the end it turned out well.

Close up of Helen's quilt.

Close up of Helen’s quilt.

I think that the original pattern was maybe 12″ in width and I enlarged it to 22″ in width, so it

is quite bigger. Hoping that she likes it.

I used a variegated thread on top-Sticks and Stones.  For the backing, she chose black to

match the color of the backing but what a nightmare for me.  It is difficult on a good day

to get the tension just right but when you have black thread on the back and a lighter on

the top-well, some issues arise.

So, please consider that when you are thinking of the fabric and  color for your backings.

There is an upcoming quilt show this weekend  and I am trying to finish this wallhanging.

Christmas wallhanging.

Christmas wallhanging.

This has been hanging around my house for several years now and finally it is almost done.

I love the fact that there are different 3D embellishments within this walllhanging.

My snowman.

My snowman.

For instance, I love the buttons on this snowman.  I just realized that he is blind and is

missing his eyes. And the owl is pretty cool too.

My horse and his bells.

My horse and his bells.

And, of course, I love the bells on the horse but don’t ask me what the bells are attached to

on the horse.

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

And I love snowflakes too.  These are crocheted-by me and have a little bit of silver sparkles

on them.  While they were drying I added some to make them more shiny.  And there are

some crystalson the wallhanging too.  A little bit of bling never hurt anyone.

I will try to get some photos of  the Quilt Show for you too.

Ruth