Friday, October 7, 2011

christmas hidden stars

I finally finished up a holiday quilt, and I am so happy with it!  It turned out better than I had hoped.  I first saw this pattern in this book and loved it--but I wanted mine scrappy.
I tried to use up my christmas-y fabrics, and added in some greens, reds, and blues.  I think the mix works really well.
Here's a confession, I usually don't like my quilt backs.  I hate to buy a lot of fabric for backing, and I'm too lazy to make cool quilt backs like so many of you bloggers out there make.  So I usually piece what I have together (really sloppily), and then don't really like it.  For this quilt, I really wanted to use up those holiday prints, so I am glad I did it this way.  But it's definitely not my favorite part.
This candy-cane stripe called out to me as the binding.  It just had to be, and it's my favorite part.  I love a striped binding anyway, but red and white will always be my favorite!
We have a chance of snow in our forecast for this weekend, and even though I am thrilled that I actually finished this up before Christmas, I don't think I'm ready for winter.  I'd like to see fall stick around for a while.  Plus, I'm not ready to give up my garden tomatoes!

43 comments:

  1. It's so cute! I love the back and especially that binding. And look at you, it's not even Halloween yet!

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  2. I love the touches of blue in it!!

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  3. Your color selections are awesome. It totally feels all Christmasy! Good job! Jenn

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  4. That quilt is adorable - I love all the bright Christmas colors! And I'm totally with you on assembling random yardage for the quilt backs. I've been leaning pretty heavily on that method this year, and I am busting stash like whoa.

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  5. That`s a super cute Christmasy quilt..the candy cane binding is inspired!

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  6. Oh very pretty! I love the backing too x

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  7. Colorful quilt--perfect for Christmastime. I think I like it even better than the one in the book. The binding is just right.

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  8. I love your quilt! Great job. Love the colors and the pattern you chose.

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  9. i have been feeling the need for a christmas quilt too! i love yours and i love that stripe binding. perfection!

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  10. It is totally cute. And you may have inspired me to finish my christmas quilt. Maybe

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  11. What a great quilt! I love its scrappiness. The striped binding really finishes it off nicely!

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  12. It's so pretty! I love the scrappiness. I'm not usually a holiday person, but this makes me want to go make a Christmas quilt too :)

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  13. Perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. I do my backs about the same way, sometimes a strip or two of design thrown in for a "I have a plan" appearance.

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  14. What a gorgeous quilt. The white really makes the colours stand out. Love it!

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  15. This is a wonderful quilt. I also like the one with the stripes in your last post.

    I have loads of fabric for quilts but I'm scared to start. So one question. I guess you machine sew the scraps, but how about the actual quilting with the batting inside? Are you managing to quilt a whole blanket with your machine?

    Thanks a lot for your answer.

    Best regards

    Simone

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  16. Really lovely quilt, bright and cheerful. The back is great and the stripy binding finishes it all off so well. Kx

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  17. Love it! congratulations on a "finish". It will be a nice touch to your home this Christmas. miss you.

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  18. I LOVE this. I keep imagining how wonderful it would be for a child to snuggle up in with hot chocolate year after year.

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  19. I love the scrappy look of your quilt! I love going through all my scraps looking for a certain theme. Absolutely beautiful!

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  20. It's absolutely beautiful the colours are really lovely - ps totally agree re quilt backings - I love good ones but I can't be bothered once I'm that close to finishing!

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  21. I love the binding, nice way to finish off a beautiful quilt.

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  22. i love this quilt... the candy cane binding is perfect!

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  23. This is so awesome! I really want to make a Christmas quilt! I'm thinking a string quilt...

    The back is just as awesome as the front, give is personality!

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  24. Hmm... I've been thinking of making a Christmas quilt. Yours is very pretty. The binding is perfection.

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  25. It is perfect. I love the hidden stars pattern. So cute with the fabrics you've chosen.

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  26. Wow! I love it. Now I want to start crafting for the holidays! It turned out great.

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  27. I love this - it is christmassy - but I could see it on a bed year round too. I've just been drooling over all your quilts actually - edible ....

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  28. this is so cute nettie! i just love it...perfect colors, sweet festive fabrics and lots of crispy white! :)

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  29. Love this quilt! I've never wanted a Christmas quilt before (too seasonal), but you've converted me.

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  30. Oh, you reminded me of Christmas! I can't wait for this year's Holidays. Your quilt really manages to bring out the beauty of Christmas and the delight of offering gifts from the bottom of our hearts.

    gifts

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  31. Great fabrics. I like stars of any kind. The backing works well. If you use up all your left over fabric on the backing it gives you a good excuse to get some more new fabric.

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  32. That is one fine looking quilt:)

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  33. This might inspire me to finish a Christmas quilt! LOve it!

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  34. a truly beautiful quilt!! I love the scrappy look but that each fabric is unique! Well done!

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  35. Those stars are wonderfully hidden. My ma-in-law is angling to borrow some Christmas decor for her condo, and this might inspire me.

    I am just a beginner at this, having started about a yr ago and in various stages of 8 or so projects now, several not finished. It was a great relief to have a pro encourage me to exploit left-overs for backing on my first quilt, a Bargello/twist a la M. Ball. No apologies needed!

    But I love the sense of community in the quilting world, which I experienced full-bore during a Shop Hop this summer.

    That binding is great, I want to try it in bias form.

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  36. Love it!. What wonderful colors and ready for christmas before it's even thanksgiving. Impressive.

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  37. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

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