Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I'm Ready For Christmas - Nine Months Early!

Thank you to Shanna and Melissa for hosting the Lovely Year of Finishes.  It has caused me to pull this wall hanging out of my UFO pile and finish it up. And I'm thrilled I did!


This was one of the first quilts I pieced, and the very first I ever tried any applique techniques. After I got it finished, I decided it would be great to cozy up in and use it as a lap quilt, but with the applique I don't think that's such a good idea. Once I decided to use it as a wall hanging, as was the original intent of the pattern, I sewed fun red buttons on the holly leaves to make it a wee bit more festive.


The fabric squares appear to be very shiny, but that's probably a result of using the flash on my camera.


I had fun quilting all sections of this quilt. I especially like the curved floral motif I made  for each square in the body of the quilt.



And the texture on the backside is fun, too!


All in all, this will make a nice decoration for a big wall that we have and add to the festivity of Christmas for years to come. And maybe, one day if I have grandchildren, they will like the Christmas stockings and enjoy it, too!

This was also one of my finishes for the first quarter of the 2014 Finish Along - yes!  I got 2 out of 3 goals done, and got some things finished that weren't even on the list. So I'm a happy quitler!

Always quilt with a smile,
Barb

Linking up with:
A Lovely Year of Finishes
Linky Tuesday
Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Link-A-Finish Friday 
Needle And Thread Thursday
2014 Finish Along

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful finish Barb. It is good to see it finished up so it can be enjoyed. Those buttons are a great idea and the quilting is perfect!

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  2. Beautiful quilting on this one! The buttons are such a nice addition. Merry Christmas....way early!

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  3. Very beautiful finish, congrats !

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  4. It will be perfect for Christmas!! Those stockings are so cute :)

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  5. This is fantastic! Can you just quilt all my quilts ;) Thanks for linking up.

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  6. I am so... jealous! First the quilt is beautiful but to already be able to say you have started your Christmas check off list is Incredible! Quilting is so nice too!

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  7. Very nice! You're all ready for Christmas now :)

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  8. What a beautiful quilt and congrats on finishing your UFO!! Thanks for sharing.
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  9. it's never too early to get Christmas things finished! lovely!

    Thanks so much for showing this off at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  10. The quilting looks great, I love how it looks on the back where it's really highlighted.

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  11. I agree with Kelly, it's never too early to finish those Christmas projects. I love the pattern you quilted in each green square. Your work is marvelous!

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  12. Ughhhhh I LOVE LOVE LOVE that texture on the back! For some reason, I got caught up at looking at your piecing the first time I saw this! Good thing we got a second peek!!!

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  13. Wow! Love this quilt. Such a simple design but it looks so festive. Great finish.
    valspierssews

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  14. Oooh, that is a beauty!
    KATRIN W.

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  15. I made this quilt several years ago and just love it! Your quilting is just wonderful - I love all those curves softening the straight lines of the piecing. blessings, marlene

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  16. I love it and I need one too! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Beautifully done. Congrats on getting it off the UFO list.

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