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!

Off the Wall Friday will return next week in all its Art Quilt Force!  All Art Quilters are invited weekly to link up what they are doing creatively!!

49 comments:

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

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

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  3. Your wall hanging is lovely, the work is exquisite.

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

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

    love your crosses and the trees in the snow.

    glen

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

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  7. 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

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  8. 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

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  9. Lovely piece to enjoy the whole winter season.

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

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  11. 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

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

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  13. I just love your quilt!! Looks so festive!

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

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  15. 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.

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

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

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  18. 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.

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

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

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  21. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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  27. Very nice and I love the free standing needles.

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

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

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

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  31. Love this! So creative and those needles are amazing.

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  32. Lovely wall hanging, the needles are incredible!

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

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

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  35. Your pine boughs are really lovely-very realistic!

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

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  37. such lovely work,well done.xx

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