I started this quilt in August because I absolutely fell in love with some batik Christmas fabric and because I fell in love with the first block. After the first few blocks I realized that I'd turned them all into applique blocks. So I stuck with that theme. I had completed the center block you see as an extra block before making this realization.
I had the twelve blocks done. I'd purposely done four with red, four with cream, and four with green backgrounds. I fell in love with a new fabric coming out in April from Island Batiks. It's green and you can see it below. It's from their Alpine Jingle collection. It's the first batik I recall seeing that is a stripe. It reminds me of Norwegian sweaters which just scream Christmas to me. The lovely Katie at Island Batiks was nice enough to send me some sampling yardage (THANK YOU KATIE!) and it just makes this quilt! I love the trees going around the blocks.
Now....what to do in the center. I originally had planned another block but after much frustration, realized it was much darker than anything else in the quilt and just stuck out like a sore thumb. So...I tried our this other orphaned block. I ended up cutting off the triangles originally in the corners because I didn't like them. I love the way it looks now. It's like a gem in the middle of the quilt!
My mom was with me when I finished the top. I told her I didn't want to quilt it. She was excited to do it on her long arm. I'll show you more of the quilting tomorrow. She had such fun!
I hope you get to quilt today!