21. Finish the Christmas Quilt.
I actually finished up before Challenge 5 started, but then had to run things through the wash and dry, and then I faded from the face of the Earth. But I did finish!
I am so happy with this project. Not only did I finish – FINISH – a quilt, but it looks great and I’m so happy with the final project. And I completely made it up out of my head, so there’s that, too. The quarters in the patchwork squares are all Moda, as is the sashing and the backing – the bias edge is some pretty red batik I picked up at that quilting show once upon a time.
I’m really glad I made the dashed corners like this. It’s probably breaking some Quilting Rule, but I don’t care because I love how it looks.
The sashing isn’t actually Christmas fabric – it’s from a little boy collection – but it reminded me of the toys the Grinch steals from the Whos of Whoville. Man, I love that movie. Maybe I should watch it right now.
The backing is a Christmas fabric and has very tiny lyrics to Christmas songs on it, underneath the Christmas balls/lights. I found it at my favorite Quilting shop ever – B&B Quilting and Gifts in Buda. It sort of matched my sashing, with the little balls, and the red was right to go with everything else.
I wish I’d something fancy on the backing, like Pepperknit always does, but . . . I started quilting this two years ago, before she started posting all of those amazing quilts. Or maybe she had, but they just hadn’t penetrated into my brainspace yet.
It’s about 50ish by 50ish inches; it actually ended up really square and symmetrical and close to the dimensions I wanted – hooray! – so I’m happy about that as well. It’s machine pieced, but hand-quilted. I’m building up quite the pile of blankets the dogs aren’t allowed near.
And now, to celebrate, my favorite Christmas song: