Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Oh! Christmas Tree

I haven't made any Christmas quilts this year, but I'd like to show you my Oh! Christmas Tree quilt that I made back in 2016.  This quilt is a great example of how you can take your quilting lead from the design in the fabric.  See all those snowflakes in the backgroud? I hand quilted over them with Aurifil 12wt and now they stand out beautifully.

This is a wool felt applique pattern designed by Wendy Williams of Flying Fish Kits.

I loved making this quilt because I got to play with all the brightly coloured felt.

My background fabric contained snowflakes, so I just hand quilted the snowflakes with my favourite Aurifil 12 wt in a soft grey colour.  It was so easy! The snowflakes really stand out because of the hand quilting and the wool batting.  I wanted the texture to be focal point, not the stitches.  However, I did use red Aurifil for the hand quilting around the edges.

If you'd like to know more about how I hand quilt, you can click on the tab at the top of the page, or click here. 

For the wonky stars around the edges I echo quilted each one in the 12 wt grey, and then echo quilted again around the inside of the square with a matching Aurifil 28wt thread.

If you're keen to make this quilt, I recommend that you pop over to Elizabeth Eastman's blog OP Quilt and follow the steps in her quilt along.  Quiltmania did publish the pattern in Simply Moderne, but there were some errors that Elizabeth corrects in her posts.
I provided some of the information and photos in Elizabeth's posts, so I can guarantee the instructions she has provided are correct.

You can read my previous posts on this quilt here.

My quilt is bright and colourful to represent Christmas down under.  I live in New Zealand and it's Summer here and all the plants are flowering.  This is what Christmas looks like in New Zealand and Australia:

Don't you wish you could celebrate Christmas in summer? Or would that just feel wrong?

Merry Christmas.


Julierose said...

Love the snowflake quilting--adds a wonderful element..hugs, Julierose

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

for me so used to Christmas and being winter it wouldn't seem right to have it be summer :) but that is me! I love your xmas quilt had looked at the pattern and thought to get it - thanks for linking to the blog I will look at that

Barb N said...

Wendy - what a pretty quilt to help celebrate Christmas! Lots of thought, time and love went into that. I've always wished Christmas were at a different time of year so travelers wouldn't have to deal with treacherous snow/icy road conditions. Same way with out Thanksgiving. The heart can celebrate any time of year!

Marie said...

What a wonderful quilt - it perfectly suits your warm and sunny Christmas season. We usually have snow at Christmas and I think I'd have a bit of a time adjusting to a summer holiday season, but I'd be prepared to give it a try!

Michelle Churchman said...

Oh Wendy, this quilt is gorgeous! It takes my breath away. I love the handquilted snowflakes, and the bright colors!

If I had my way, (or was wealthy enough), I’d organize my life so that I always lived where it was a summer. Homes in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. To me, Christmas in summer sounds fantastic!


Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Wendy so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! HUgs

Sue said...

I Love that quilt Wendy, and its SO Christmas 'down under'. Unfortunately it doesn't feel like summer where I live at the moment. I couldn't go for my walk this morning, with the rain coming down in bucket loads and in case I got blown over in the wind.
Ah well it always seems to happen near the big day!

OPQuilt said...

I never tire of seeing your quilt, and still appreciate all the help you gave me in figuring out those borders. Your rendition is so beautiful--it's good to have a "Christmas Tree mate"!

Gretchen Weaver said...

I love your tree! Quilting the snowflakes made is extra special. I wouldn't mind having Christmas in the summer. I don't really enjoy family gatherings in the winter with the icy roads. Thanks for sharing your lovely tree!

Julie Fukuda said...

The quilting and the bright stitchery are just perfect. Getting ready for holiday visitors, I pulled out a tree quilt from the past. According to my photo diary, finished in December 1990.