Sunday, December 9, 2012

Deck the Walls

It's that time to deck the walls with Quilts.....I made this Nancy Halvorson quilt several years ago and it certainly was a UFO for quite a while. I have most of her Holiday books and love her fabrics.  I hand appliqued the antlers and embroidered the reindeer names.  The rest was pieced.

 I was new to FMQing and I turned to the internet to find patterns and advice.  That is when I found Leah Day and the 365 Free Motion Designs.  I jumped in and started with simple wiggly lines, loopy lines and some loopy stars.

 I did finally finish it and I love the way it looks on the wall, but it is even better to cuddle with on the couch.  I used Bernatex fabric, warm and natural batting and a combination of rayon threads that matched the fabric.  I am still not bold enough to go with threads that stand out against the fabric.  Need more skills....

I think it's my all time favorite.  

As I started to get out the decorations I pulled out my quilted table runner and place-mats,  also a Nancy design and realized that I may finally be skilled enough to do the free motion quilting around the Santa's faces.

 So they were officially done long ago, but now a WIP.   I will  work on them a bit each night after work, the next couple weeks.

Each face had different fabrics from the same collection.

This one is the end of the runner.
I cant wait to add some spirals to his beard and jazz them all up a bit.

What are some of your favorite decorations?

I am still working on my hexies and I got a bug today to make a case to carry them in, so I spent my day surfing for a pattern and decided to design a bag.  We'll see how it comes out, more to come on that later.  Back to the Machine....happy sewing, K


  1. Nice work and such happy patterns! :D Love the santas.

  2. These are just adorable! I love Nancy's books & fabrics too and have a project from the same book that the Santas are from on my list. Great job!

    1. Thank you for the kind words and stopping by my blog!

  3. I just love your reindeer quilt. Wonderful job!

  4. I like everything in this blog!