Oct 142011

I finally finished my little cousin’s Christmas present quilt! Whoopee!

The charms are from a prize package I won a while ago from Quilt Taffy. I’m not usually a huge holiday fabric person, but I really like this one! I think it’s partly because having the blue in with the Christmas colors makes it interesting.

I followed That Girl’s quiltalong instructions, which makes an awesome-sized quilt for just having one charm pack. When I showed it to Mr. Yazoo, he squinted, cocked his head, and asked, “you made it crooked on purpose, right?” O_o I think I didn’t manage to cut my blocks wonky enough, so it kind of just looks like I can’t sew straight! Poooooooooo.

Here’s the back. I really only like flannel quilt backs since they feel so nice, so I don’t normally get to piece anything. That’s why I was proud that instead of buying four yards of the dinosaur flannel, I bought two and used leftovers from other quilts! I know the back doesn’t match the front, but I’m hoping my little cousin will like the dinosaurs more than something that matches.

I only quilted six lines: one between each row. Is that bad? Heh! I thought they kind of looked like Christmas tree lights, but Mr. Yazoo laughed when I told him that.

I made bias binding for the first time — I had red stripy fabric and wanted to make it look like candy canes. I made continuous binding, and with all the marking and pinning and then cutting with scissors, I think it took way longer than it would have if I’d just cut diagonal strips and then sewn them together. I’m pleased with the way it came out, though!

By the way, I think I spent five minutes fiddling with my tube of fabric, trying to figure out how I was supposed to cut the durned thing with my rotary cutter. I only realized that I was supposed to use a scissors because I looked at a youtube video!

I mentioned this the other day, but I had a horrible time sewing the binding down. My machine kept skipping stitches til I cleaned my walking foot and changed the needle and stitch length, so I ended up sewing the binding down three times. Argh. My machine didn’t do this previously; it keeps giving me new and interesting problems to troubleshoot because I don’t have enough projects to work on in my loads of free time. Thanks, Jayne Cobb! I think I must need to buy something and name it Mal so that Jayne stays in line…

I’m linking to Crazy Mom Quilts’ Finish It Up Friday. 🙂

  10 Responses to “Wonkish Christmas quilt”

  1. i LOVE IT!!! it makes my heart skip a little.

    yeah, continuous binding is SUCH a waste of time. but, live & learn, right?

  2. I think it’s pretty cool! I like how the back is different, it can be Christmas on the front and anyother time of the year on the back. I think the quilting looks like lights. 🙂

  3. What a darling quilt! :o)

  4. It’s fabulous! Love the line from Mr. Yazoo!

  5. Wonderful job with the quilting, the simplicity of it matches the quilt. Good job!

  6. The binding looks so nice!

  7. Both sides look fab :o)

  8. Very cute! I think your little cousin will LOVE it! 🙂

  9. Congrats on a great Christmasy finish!

  10. what a fantastic Christmas quilt! that’s a fun finish, especially that it is done a few months early. woohoo!! (Can you tell i’m a procrastinator? LOL)

    thanks for linking up to Finish it up Friday!

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