|My favorite quilt and my best work to date,|
the New York Beauty Christmas quilt.
|The full quilt. I used wool batting (wonderful!) so there is good|
definition on all the quilting lines.
|All of the quilting was done on the Bernina. The echo quilting was done|
with the walking foot and it's very helpful guide. And the outline quilting on the beauty points was done free hand with the FMQ foot.
|The quilting, up close|
|The back. I love the back fabric. I'm very fond of big boisterous|
fabrics on the back of quilts. And the quilting really shows up nice.
. . . . and then there were all the many many many many! little bits of fabric trimmed away during paper piecing. There was so much! I had to use them somehow . . . I call it eXtreme scrapping.
|The sewing room tree. It has a little pagoda thing going on.|
The scrappy bits were simply butted up to each other and then a decorative stitch anchors them to each other and to the batting and backing at the same time.
Very few pieces were cut to fit and I didn't worry if there was overlapping. I just wanted to use as many of the scraps as possible and I just kept sewing until all the scrappy bits were all used up and then cut out the final shape I wanted
|These pieces are reversible . . . leave an opening so they can be mounted.|
And remember about mirror image, I had to do one of the stars twice, because I didn't remember about mirror image for the reverse side.
For the tree and star pieces I made templates from freezer paper. And then cut the shapes once I had a big enough scrappy piece done.
|On top of one of the trees . . . with one of my little knit hat ornaments|
|The dark fabrics were used around the edges. This topper|
it is just the size of the top piece of an old treadle sewing machine cabinet.
|By the glow of Christmas lights|