During the years from 2002 to 2006, I sporadically collected 6 inch charm squares. I generally put aside the red and green charms with the idea of making a red and green triangle quilt. I once had a goal to make a Christmas quilt for every bed in my house. This one is the first! In 2010, I started assembling the triangles. As I completed the triangles, I safety pinned them together in groups of 10. I did not have enough red and green charms collected to complete the quilt, so only worked on the triangles when I had enough fabric squares prepared. This year, I decided to cut all of my scraps into usable pieces, making a point of ensuring I had enough red and green squares to complete this quilt. I assembled most of the top in November and finished it yesterday.
The borders which came from my stash are a cute Alexander Henry print of Santa Dressing. The colours were perfect for this quilt. The quilting is done in white cotton covered poly on top and a white bottom line in the bobbin. The design is Circle Lord Swirlz, my current favorite pattern. The binding of red and white striped shirting gives a candy cane finish to the quilt.
I love the wide backing fabric. It is not a Christmas design, but the colors work well. I bought the fabric at a night market in Cairo, Egypt. The quality is very good and I was quite taken by the large roses.
I found it quite fascinating that the fabric manufacturer has printed the company name on the material. I like to see this because it will always bring back great memories of my visit to Egypt and the exhilarating night market where I bought this fabric.
Goal Status: 50 projects complete and two more to go to get to complete my goal of 52 projects finished by December 31st. Yikes! That is tomorrow! At this point, I am very glad that I have some flimsies waiting for quilting. I still have time to get one or two on the frame and get them quilted by tomorrow night. Will my New Year’s Eve hostess mind if I bring some hand binding with me to the party? She is a wonderful woman and would likely get a chuckle out of it! Hopefully I do not have to do that!