I know. I know. It should be “Christmas in July.” But, June is when I quilted this quilt for Betty. Isn’t it adorable? You can find the pattern from Bunny Hill Designs’ website here. I’ve looked at their Block of the Month (and this one is listed as a Block of the Month quilt) patterns, and I think they are very reasonably priced – you get a lot of bang for the buck, in my humble opinion. You can find more of those Block of the Month patterns here.
Betty gave me a lot of leeway on quilting this quilt, which can be dangerous. I can’t believe my customers have so much trust in my quilting that they allow me free range. 😉 The only request she had was that she wanted it to look like swirling snow around the snowmen in the teacups (in the middle of the quilt). She also was planning on adding buttons to the snowmen and other embellishments, so, for the most part, I left the appliques alone. There were a couple that were large, and I was worried that they would poof out too much, so I added some stitching to them; the truck and the reindeer and sleigh. Basically, I just outlined the flower on the sleigh and added some swirls. I could have added body details to the reindeer to make it more realistic, but this quilt called for more of a “cute” theme so I went with a saddle blanket of sorts.
I usually try to get the borders quilted first (the opposite of what I do on a domestic machine) and then work on the middle. But, on this quilt, I Stitched in the Ditch around the blocks and applique, then filled in the backgrounds of the blocks and then worked on the border. I wasn’t sure exactly what to put in the border. I had some ideas, but wasn’t sure how to go about it.
So, let’s start with the blocks. Betty left the pictures that go with each block with me; the pictures were of an already quilted block. For the most part, I followed what they had and mixed it up a little.
Swirling wind and snow around the houses and snowmen
In the pictures below, you will see that the designers of this pattern left some open sashings to play around with quilt designs. I decided to add Christmas candy to the stitching.
This one had falling snow in the original, but I added some stars to go with the one they are looking at.
This one was screaming “shooting stars” to me
And, here are the teacup snowmen with swirling wind and snow
There were some little blocks in between the big blocks. Some of them had snowmen peeking out, and some of them didn’t. What else but snowflakes should go here? After I finished the quilt and pulled it off the frame, I realized the snowflake on this snowman looks like a crown or something shooting out of its head. <sigh> I wish I had added the 5th prong of the snowflake down at the bottom. Maybe then, the snowman wouldn’t look like that.
The borders are where I got a little crazy. The top and bottom was easy enough. But, if Betty was going to hang this quilt, how should I quilt the sides? Facing inward towards the middle of the quilt? Or, facing outward? I wanted to put some more snow scenery into the border. How do you do that on the sides? I don’t rotate quilts to do the side borders, so I would be looking at those side borders at an angle when quilting. Finally, I decided that I’d put snowmen sledding and skiing and down a ski slope.
And, here is the bottom and the top, in that order.
This was too much fun! Betty knows I like to draw (with thread) on quilts, and she let me!