I’m making a concerted effort this autumn to finish things, UFO’s as I call them (unfinished objects!) I have quite a few stashed in my sewing room in various stages of completion.
Yesterday I finally completed my Christmas wall-hanging. I started this about twelve months ago, thinking I’d have it ready for Christmas last year, but life got in the way and somehow sewing Christmas things in spring doesn’t work for me. I bought it as a complete impulse buy in Samuel Taylors in Leeds, I was in the queue to buy some thread and there it was on display on the wall, I loved the colours and I have to admit being a bit of a sucker for Christmas things, so before I had chance to think about it, it was in my bag with the thread!
I think fabric panels are great for Christmas, I usually hand quilt them, I haven’t as yet mastered machine quilting, but I also find hand quilting very relaxing, I don’t have to concentrate much, I can take it to work to sew in my lunch break too.
I backed this one with a patterned green cotton I had in my stash, it’s one thing I would change if I did it again as I can’t see the quilted shapes on the back. I quilted this one in different colour threads depending on the shape I was going round.
The quilt binding was from the same range of fabric, I cut 2″ wide lengths with my rotary cutter, machine stitched round the quilt with a 3/8″ seam, then hand-stitched it to the backing. The hangers were made from left over binding strips.
Looking forward to Christmas now so I can hang it at the bottom of our stairs.