Saturday, December 26, 2020

sewing saturday


Sleigh Ride 20" X 25"
For this week's sewing round up, I am sharing this year's finished Christmas quilt. 

It took longer to quilt than I thought it would, because it needed a lot of stitching. I used all metallic threads for sparkle, and added in one couching thread as reins. 

While quilting I folded the backing up to cover loose batting and liked the bold bright red, so I used that to machine sew a binding on with a buttonhole stitch. To do that, you sew the binding to the back of the quilt, pull the finished edge around to the front and use a decorative stitch to tack it down.

I have had that lighter blue fabric for a while now and it's such a pretty scene  I never used it... til now. I"m happy I did!

All the little bits are fused to the scene in applique and the pattern was very fussy to make. It's been sitting in the stash for years wondering how I'd finish it. 

I also collected these little christmas bulbs years ago, and was happy to have the right amount to add to this quilt. That little bit at the bottom is all that is left of a Debbie Mumm print, also stashed and stored for years!!

Hanging on the wall

I have a lot of fabric stashed and stored and some people might say it's too much. 

I think it's my wonderland of possibilities

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge is a starting point for me each year. Angela chooses a color of the month and encourages us  to use our scraps in that color in our own way. I have done this for years now and it gives me a focus and reason to sew in times when it's hard to focus. I know sometime I will just do those blocks in those colors... so there is always a project to work on.

HST cut-off project this month

Since the link party is weekly,  I choose 3 or 4 blocks or projects to do each month. This year I did Lozenge blocks, mini hst quilts from those, Improv log cabins, flying geese and picked up Deb's endless star hand piecing blocks to mix in. 

 This month was to use dark neutrals...and I almost missed doing some log cabins or geese. I sewed these two blocks last night while listening to the end of my audio mystery book, and it gave me a lot of satisfaction to just sew after a busy day.

I want to start sewing some of the chosen logs and endless stars together into units next. 


I've practiced so many craft and art forms over the years, but my love of fabric remains strong.

I have designed paper piecing patterns before but this is a different way to do it...

 this woman explained how to design your own paper piecing foundation pieced pattern

Do you have goals for a new year in quilt making? Are you planning to explore a new craft in 2021? Are you considering reorganizing your studio space this year? I'd love to know what your plans are! 


oh Scrap Sundays 


Frédérique said...

What a lovely Christmas quilt! I love the details, the reins, and the small light bulbs. Woud be fun if they were able to actually light on!
Thanks for the link, I'm going to watch the video.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I've enjoyed following along through the year as you've made those amazing mini quilts out of the bonus HSTs from the lozenge blocks. That's such a fun idea!

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

Congratulations on finishing the wonderful Christmas quilt! And just think, if you didn't have such a deep stash, you wouldn't have had all those great pieces to put together!

MissPat said...

Now, just so you know, you can never have too much fabric stashed away, as this year has amply proved. After all, you never know when you will be quarantined for almost a whole year without getting out to a quilt store love this year's Christmas quilt and think it was high time for it to be finished. Marvelous creativity as always. My plan for 2021 is to get off my duff and actually do some quilting.

The Joyful Quilter said...

It's been SEW much fun quilting along with you this year, LeeAnna! LOVE how you finished that darling Christmas UFO wall hanging. It's always fun to see where (and how) you will decide to add sparkle and bling!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love your Christmas quilt! Adding the little bulbs across the bottom is such a great idea!

Molly the Airedale said...

Love your Christmas quilts and all of its embellishments!

scraphappy said...

What a festive collection of Christmas projects. The yellow collection is so cheerful. Lots of fabric fun to enjoy.

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,
We quilters were gathering fabrics for just this kind of situation, unknown to us. Too much fabric? Is there such a thing ? :) Right fabric right project !
Love the christmas bulb decorations!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I always enjoy seeing what you do with your fabric. And the little details are always amazing.

Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap! See you in 2021!

Meditations in Motion said...

Your Christmas quilt is beautiful!

Divers and Sundry said...

That Christmas quilt is lovely! Great detail!

Angie said...

LA - love the little Christmas bulbs along the bottom edge of the quilt! My craft plans for 2021? I don't have a studio space ... the dining room table ends up serving in that capacity. In 2021, I hope to re-arrange our loft space to make room for a crafting table and some storage. Should be fun!!! Happy New Year to you and yours!