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Time for a skinny border

Are you needing a project for a cold and snowy day?  Me too!  While it snows and the wind blows making it feel like 5 below zero outside,  I’m digging  into a holiday project.  Check out this festive, holiday quilt top!  It had been patiently waiting back in the project box last week while we celebrated Christmas with family.

After dishes and laundry this morning,  I reached into my pile of UFO’s  in the project box – looking for the perfect project to work on during my vacation day.  I just love creating holiday quilts and this one pops with bright colors!

I had completed the center, feathered star block using a “no Y seam” technique between Thanksgiving and the week before Christmas.  Then, put it away for a week and waited for another chance to spend a day (hopefully) finishing this quilt top in time for NEXT year!  In order to make the quilt larger, I decided to use two different prints for large setting triangles.

Center feathered star square

The first layer of setting triangles pieced after the feathered star is made of a fun red and white snowflake print.  I found a bold, paisley print in holiday greens for the second set of setting triangles.   This took the size of the green, red and white center, feathered star block from a 24 inch square to 47 inches square in no time.

Setting triangles Accent colors

Now, it’s time for a 2 1/2 inch border before deciding if it is big enough to stop piecing and start quilting.

Border choices

Which color should I use? Red or white?  Let me know your thoughts.  While I’m waiting to hear back. I’ll find another seasonal UFO and work on that for a while.

Time for a skinny border

Christmas quilt time!

My favorite time of the year is here and it’s time to make a great quilt to help keep someone warm when it’s cold outside.

Two Bears in a square

I have some bright holiday fabric and a fun square I designed, Two Bears in a Square.

This pattern has two red bear paws on either end of the green and white swirled fabric center square.  The “two bears” center square has  great darker red bandanna style holiday fabric  triangles placed along the four edges that sends focus toward the center and adds some variation in print size – since the other prints I’m using are small.

I’m not sure yet if I will set the finished squares on point or if I’ll use sashing strips, but either way it will look great.

The challenge will be getting it done in time for Santa to make his deliveries.

I have some great quilts from Christmas past

01c27a4441f7f70323f1bb0365a722d7484a7d415c_00001Holly & berries checker board table topper

01770091eadeef26ff23d44ca56c05ea175592321f_00001Christmas star table topper – I just love stars!

image Cabin in the woods twin sized quilt

– the only thing missing is snow on the cabin roof –

This elf has got to get back to work on Two Bears in a Square!

Finally Finished

First boarderThe first border is a yellow print from the 1930’s retro pack of fat quarters, but the quilt was not quite big enough yet – so a trip to the local quilt shop for some matching or close to matching border and backing.

I selected the green print for a 5 inch border all of the way around making a 60 inch by 40 inch finished size.  I think this will work out nicely for someone -don’t you?

5 inch border
Now it is back to the shop for some excellent long arm work

Working toward a finished quilt top

Time has flown and I have not had a chance to blog or sew in ages!  The dust is collecting on my dining room table and it is time to clear the dust and get ready for Thanksgiving!  The blocks were all stacked and just waiting for the right time…….

stacked rows of squares   the next steps…….  putting the squares into rows and adding borders – sew quick and easy!

row of rail fence
rows of rail fence