Daily Archives: January 23, 2017

Christmas Quilt – A Work in Progress

Prior to Christmas of 2016, I fell in love with the fabric “Town Square” by  Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics.  I was drawn mostly to the color palate and the sheer classic Christmas feeling that I got from a lot of the prints.  I purchased two charm packs of this fabric from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I also purchased a coordinating Kona Charm pack in a gray color.  I liked the way all of these fabrics melded together.

It took me some time to decide on a proper pattern for this quilt.  I searched the web but could not decide. I really wanted something that would looks like snowflakes. I finally found a pattern called “Charming Windmills” from a book by Pam & Nicky Lintott; “More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts.”  I chose this pattern because I thought that the windmill pattern reminded me of snowflakes.

In the following pictures I was making squares, each with a triangle of the printed fabric and the plain gray fabric.

Then I had to take the squares, square them up and then cut them in half.  It was a lot of work, but I am happy how it all turned out.

One of the best things about this project was that I finally had a 1/4″ seam guide on one of my presser feet.  I can say that this helped keep all my seams perfect.  Which meant that I had a better chance of getting all of the windmills points to actually come together like they should.  With out this seam guide, I am not sure that this quilt top would have come out as well as it did.

I then put my first border on this quilt.  I had originally thought that this was going to be my binding only.  However, when I actually finished this quilt top I thought that it was too small.  I decided to start adding borders.  I used this Maroon color for my first border and then went to the fabric store and bought more fabric for the next 5″ border.  Now this quilt was a reasonable size for a lap quilt.  I will use this Maroon color for the binding as well.

Now I am working on quilting this quilt.  I chose to try stippling.  It is going to take me a while, but it is fun to do.


Here is a picture of what I have done so far with Free motion quilting:

I will put up another picture once I finish the stippling on this quilt top.