Thursday, November 22, 2012

'Tis the Season - A Christmas Quilt Show

A Winter Wallhanging
41" by 49"
2011
Machine Quilted by me 
Hand Dyed cotton (by me), commercial fabric, thread applique
Original Design


Two years ago, I started this piece to enter in the bloggers Christmas quilt show.  Did I get it done on time?  That would be a big - fat - No!   Then when I finally did finish it - 9 months later - I forgot to enter it in that that year's Christmas Quilt Show.  Are you sensing a pattern here???



So I guess the stars aligned this year, and I've finally managed to enter my Christmas Wall hanging in Michelle's 2012 Christmas Quilt Show.  Well - its really not strictly a Christmas piece - its more of a winter wallhanging.  I designed it so that it could go up in my family room starting after Thanksgiving and would stay up  till March.




I was so happy to finish it.  I learned a  few things with it - including how to make a stand alone thread applique.  It was a lot easier than I thought - but OMG it uses a lot of thread.  Also, I hand dyed the border in the middle of winter, which I don't normally do since our house is usually under 70 degrees that time of year.  All in all, it was project that started off small - ended up big  -  was a pleasure to do.

If you're interested you can see the whole wallhanging's saga here

See more great design walls at Judy's  Patchwork Times - Design Wall Monday!

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49 comments:

LynCC said...

Wow - those needles are amazing. :) I really love your wallhanging.

Debbie said...

Great wall hanging and I love your thread painting for the boughs of greens. Lots of thread but so worth the effort.

sew.darn.quilt said...

Your wall hanging is lovely, the work is exquisite.

Barbara said...

Very pretty. I love how you've pieced the background.

QuiltSwissy said...

oh.........and I actually had one for this week! LOL.

love your crosses and the trees in the snow.

glen

LethargicLass said...

what a lot of work, but such a great end result :)

whistlebet57 said...

What a beautiful wall hanging. It does have a look and feel of Christmas becasue of the pine trees and the snow. Your work is exquisite. Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

Eileen said...

Love this. So evocative of times looking for Christmas trees with my family as a child and then as a mom. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely piece to enjoy the whole winter season.

CJ Tinkle said...

It's gorgeous, you did a great job with it!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love those leaves/needles!

SewCalGal said...

What a beautiful Christmas quilt. I felt a brush of ice cold air as I admired it, thinking of a walk in the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree. Love your thread play and free-motion quilting too! Great job.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Connie said...

What a beautiful wall hanging and your trees are just awesome! I'm off to read more about your technique!

Barb said...

I just love your quilt!! Looks so festive!

Vera said...

Oh, it's lovely and it's just the way I want it to be in X-mas time!

Mary said...

Nice of you to share the Link to show us the way you made the Pine needles. Very Creative and a good quilt to keep out longer than just December.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Love this piece!!

Belinda said...

Gee that's lovely. Such a lot of work went into it and it shows!

knitnoid said...

Very nice.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Lovely - so much deatil :)

Dana Gaffney said...

This is so pretty and has such a nice peaceful feel to it. Thanks.

Nanbon44 said...

what a lovly scene

* said...

I love the idea of a winter scene that can hang seasonally. I have been thinking of something similar, just haven't worked out what. Your's is great looking. And thanks for the heads up on the Christmas Quilt show.

Sally Hamilton said...

Stand alone appliques! A learning goal for 2013. This piece is darling - looks fabulous.

diannajessie said...

This is a fab wall hanging, welldone and good luck with it in the Michelle's challenge.

Shannon said...

I'm so happy you finished it! It really is lovely. I also started mine two years ago and then forgot to even get it out last year. Kudos for those finally-finishes!

Julianne said...

That is beautiful

Karen said...

This is a great Winter quilt. I am so pleased it finally found its way into the quilt show.

Lesley said...

Your quilt is absolutely stunning! So happy to see it in the show!

Michele Hester said...

Well worth the wait - thank you for sharing and participating in this year's Christmas Quilt Show!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

It's so gorgeous and the needles look real!!

Carla said...

This is fabulous. Love all the texture : )
popped over from the 2012 Christmas Quilt show.

Needled Mom said...

Very nice and I love the free standing needles.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Very nice..glad you finished the quilt!

Hilachas said...

Wow! You are the first entry in the Quilt Show. Lovely wall hanging. So pretty.

Eunique said...

I really like those needles. I'm going to have to try that technique. Thank you for sharing.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Beautiful detail work!

Eileen said...

this is lovely. i like the fabric you used for the trees!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Love this! So creative and those needles are amazing.

Patricia said...

Good job on the pine needles!

Christine M said...

Your quilt is amazing.

Sheila said...

Lovely wall hanging, the needles are incredible!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Just lovely. The needles look real. I thought I had posted here, but I don't see it.

Linda said...

HI! THIS IS SO PRETTY-LOVE THE NEEDLES! THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Patsy said...

Your pine boughs are really lovely-very realistic!

Amy said...

What a lot of work on those pine boughs! Nice work!

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

love your details

shez said...

such lovely work,well done.xx

thread189 said...

lovely!