Saturday, February 25, 2017

What a Relief.....

My Christmas Solstice quilt is finally finished!
I'm not sure what year this Bonnie Hunter mystery was first introduced, but unfortunately, I fell waaaay behind. I've been taking different parts of the blocks to retreats, and was so happy to finally get all the blocks together at quilt camp this past January--until I realized I had made a big boo-boo (that you can read about here).
Anyway, everything is fixed and finished and here she is on our king size bed--yay!

I wish I would have had enough of the Thimbleberries fabric in the foreground for the entire back, but I only had five yards. At least it was a good opportunity to use up some big chunks of fabric from my stash! 

No fabric was purchased specifically for Christmas Solstice.
I started out intending to use up my stash of Christmas fabrics and I did just that for the most part (some weren't quite the right colors), but ended up adding lots of other fabrics from my stash--and that's a good thing! The green border was made from the cut-offs of a backing from another quilt. There was just enough of the dark green Thimbleberries fabric left over from another project for the binding (with 2.5" to spare!). 

I quilted Christmas Solstice with a curly paisley inspired by Tracy fromWhirls 'n Swirls quilting on You Tube. There are several fabrics in the quilt that have paisley prints, so I thought it was an appropriate quilting design for this quilt.
 I used Aurifil # 1147 for the quilting--a lime green that blended in nicely. 

And, of course, the final touch--a label.
I happened to have this Thimbleberries label and figured this was a good time to use it!
Christmas Solstice was my February goal and is also on my Finish-A-Long list HERE
Linking with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts HERE

16 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful, Karen! You should be so proud!
    Whatever combo of fabrics you used, it works.
    I appreciate you sharing the info on the design and thread you used for quilting.
    That label is the perfect finishing touch. : )

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  2. It's beautiful! How happy you must be to have it finished. And fixing those blocks with the tan-to-white... I think it was well worth it. Huzzah!

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  3. Your Christmas Solstice is just wonderful! Congratulations on your finish! It always feels so good. The headache of un-sewing was worth it, sometimes you just have to obey the quilt. lol

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  4. Your quilt label is cute as can be.

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  5. Congratulations Karen on a fabulous finish! Just love this quilt and you have done such a great job with the quilting.... just stunning! Christine x

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  6. This looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

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  7. Wow! You met your goal and the quilt is gorgeous. So many pieces and so much fabric. It's amazing it all came from your stash. Great job!

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  8. Congratulations on a lovely finish. And it's so big which we need for our beds. I had a time quilting my last large one and hope yours went more easily.
    The "curves" in this quilt always attract me. I like your color variation so much and am glad you added fabrics in the right color ahead of the "right" theme. That outer green sparks the entire quilt.

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  9. That is "one big quilt"! It's amazing that you have it done and on your bed - quite an accomplishment!!! I really like the paisley quilting pattern.

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  10. Oh what a beauty and a hearty congratulations! What a feat :)

    She looks wonderful on the bed and when you sleep underneath I am sure all your dreams will be of sugarplums and pleasant things :)

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  11. Wow!! What an amazing finish!! It's beautiful! And I don't think I'm ever going to be brave enough for a king size quilt: good thing we only have a queen size bed!! :-) Congrats on a fabulous quilt!! Hugs, h

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  12. Congratulations on your great finish. The quilt looks amazing. Well done for sticking to it and getting a finish.

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  13. Your Christmas Solstice is beautiful! Congrats on meeting your February OMG. Look forward to seeing what you have planned for March.

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