I'm calling it the first in a series--it was the first quilt we pieced in the Christmas Club at the quilt shop I used to co-own and it may be the only one I complete from that grouping, but just saying "First in a series" gives me some hope! All of the quilts from the Christmas Club were from the now out-of-print book, "A Few of my Favorite Christmas Quilts" by Christine Meunier. No, I didn't make them all, but I have a good start on a lot of them. ;-)
This is the quilt where I conquered my fear of mitered borders. The border was a beautiful striped fabric from Benartex's first line with Marianne Elizabeth and I think it's perfect. The initial plan was to have two borders:
But after auditioning both on the design wall, I decided that plaid wasn't going to work and the striped fabric would go solo. I'm very pleased with the result.
I quilted it with feathers in the "light" logs and swirls and berries in the dark logs:
|Two-sided binding (backing in the upper left corner)|
|Binding on front of quilt|
|Binding on the back|
The quilt finishes at 45-1/2" x 57-1/2"--a small one for me. I'll probably hang it on the wall in our front bedroom right after Thanksgiving. I don't believe I will get enough quilts done to hang one in every bedroom or put one on every bed--there are still too many animals in this house. Maybe next year!
This was the third quilt I completed in August and makes the fifth quilt I have finished this year, which means one more to meet my goal for the year--woohoo! I don't know how many more I'll complete this year--we'll see!
Christmas is coming--go quilt!