Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop!

I'm excited to be a part of my friend Nancy's blog hop for her GORGEOUS Christmas Collection book.  The pictures are stunning. The directions were fantastic.  The Christmas Collection book is available on Amazon and is eligible for Prime delivery. 

I started by picking out some of my favorite Christmas fabrics from Island Batik (of course!)

Then I got my pieces all fused.  You can see the John Deere flannel I keep on my ironing board so the pieces don't slip.

Next it was time to quilt.  I decided to play with threads here.  I used a 28 weight Aurifil thread for the green leaves and stitching the ring.  A 40 weight burgundy for the red border and a 50 weight cream for the background quilting.  On all these threads I used a 90 Microtex needle and 50 weight in the bobbin.  It worked fantastically.

My batting of choice was a Hobbs Silk batting.  I love how well it drapes even with dense quilting.

I had fun echoing the leaves.  It wasn't perfect, but I'm happy with how it looks.

Here's the quilt all done.  I have been top-stitching my bindings lately and I like the effect it gives.

I forgot the berries!  I didn't have any red buttons, but I find some red crystals.

They're not as good as Nancy's buttons, but they're what I had on hand and they do add a little sparkle.

Nancy's hop goes for another week and a half!  Be sure to check out all the amazing creations.  And stop back soon to see more of what I'm up to.

I hope you get to quilt today!