I’ve been working away at the quilting of this Christmas Grand Illusion (mystery quilt pattern from 2014 by Bonnie Hunter) this week, and then all of a sudden it was done! I did orange peels in all the sashing squares, completely freehand so wobbles and all, then devised a pattern for each block to ensure all the fabrics were stitched down securely. I started with a dahlia flower in the centre, stitched in the ditch around each double diamond, then did some loops and curves in each corner, and figured out how to do all of this without stopping (per block). Finally I did an easy lazy eight pattern in the border, although I was going too fast at first and got some eye-lashing. Meh, I’m just going to leave it.
For the binding, I had originally purchased a medium blue, but it didn’t work with the red border, so after digging through my stash I found this print with ornaments (or baubles, as my South African/English friend calls them) which pulled in all the colours from the top. I cut my binding 2-1/4″ wide, press in half, sew to the back, then topstitch on the front. I ended up with one extra binding strips, and yeah! a win on the length, having to trim only 1/4″ to make the rest of the binding strips line up perfectly.
As you can see, this is really scrappy, as Bonnie Hunter teaches, mixing Christmas and non-Christmas prints, mixing quilt shop quality with my local fabric store, Fabricland, and fabrics bought at the thrift store so who-knows-where-they-came-from. Finished size is 52″ x 66″, a perfect throw size.
Also linking to Georgia Girl Quilts for TGIFF and Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday.