9 October 2013

Holiday Sparkle

For the past week, these words have been reverberating in my head.
Holiday Sparkle.

Mainly because of this fabric.......
Holiday Sparkle by Nina Seven for Wilmington Prints
All the while, I was working on what was formerly known as the oblongagon quilt.

This gorgeous fabric was used in the quilt top to compliment the main focus fabrics - Holiday Frost by Jan Shade Beach for Henry Glass & Co.  I was quite taken by this Holiday Sparkle fabric - the dark gray background, the colourful text phrases, and the circular dots reminding me of snow flakes!

And then, once I had made up my mind to use this fabric both to name and to bind the oblongagon quilt, I mulled over the idea of how to make this into a truly fabulous finish.

 







Another first for me concerning binding - the 60 degree corners.  Not a problem!



Backing fabrics from left to right are...
  • large text print telling the history of the Christmas tree (love it!)
                    is called "Tidings of Great Joy" by J. Wecker Fisch for Quilting Treasures
  • dark gray stripe is "Animal Alphabet Flash Cards" by Lisa DeJohn for Red Rooster Fabrics
  • and the dots are by Andover Fabrics



This close up also reveals the quilting.
Using a walking foot and 4.0 stitch length, I quilted 4 parallel lines along the outside of each vertical seam.  Very time consuming, but I love how it enhances the overall design.


I successfully resisted the urge to make a full bed sized quilt this time.
The Holiday Sparkle quilt measures 52" x 65", a nice throw quilt size.
Perfect for snuggling on the sofa!

Listing this one in my Etsy shop.


    In case you were interested in an alternate way to baste a quilt besides on the floor or table, I included this picture of the backing, thumb tacked to my adjustable quilting frame.
    (Otherwise known as four sticks and some screws.)
    Countdown to Christmas...  76 days to go!
    Keep On Quilting On

36 comments:

Anne said...

I don't know what the glitter-flecked binding thing is but your quilt looks amazing. I think I might have to hunt down some of that first fabric you showed. It's fabulous! :o)

Renee said...

It turned out awesome! What a fun quilt.

Jessica Hadden said...

After reading this blog, Mollie will probaly get the itch to stitch oblongagons and you 2 will be even steven. Unless of course, your prospective lawyers want to duke it out and then we are 2 lawyers down. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Love the 60 degree corners - very clever!

Vicki Posten said...

Oh Lorna...beyond lovely! The corners are wonderful. Your quilting is great. Not enough words(or room) to tell you how I feel.

Vera said...

Love it! The fabrics, design, corners. Perfect match! Well done!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Fantabulous! Love the quilting! Please...more info on your basting method...looks very interesting!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Awesome finish Lorna! Esp. cause you you know how much I love hexi's!

Lindsey Weight said...

Gorgeous quilt! I really love those fabrics! As far as your basting goes, I think that's a great idea and I might try that out! :)

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

Love the way this turned out! And the binding is perfect, love the fabric you chose. I baste on a table top with clips...I can't hack the floor.

Caz@theaccidentalquilter said...

Beautiful quilt. I do love the straightline quilting. It really does enhance and give the quilt another dimension. Great job!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Congrats on your beautiful quilt! Like your technique preparing for sandwiching!

jan said...

Loran, Lorna, Lorna ILOVEIT! Can ya hear me? Love the binding to.
xo jan

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Beautiful colours for Christmas! It looks like it will be very snuggly.

Jo said...

love this! The quilting is especially awesome

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Wow, great quilting! I imagine that was super time consuming! Worth it though, it looks great :) thanks so much for linking up!

Kelly Young said...

such a beauty, Lorna!! I'm soooo loving that gray text fabric!

Thanks so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Rita@ Pinpricked Fingers said...

I'm thinking Ms. Molli will be flattered. Great quilt, love the 60 degree corners!

wombatquilts.com said...

Love how this quilt came together... now I want to brave Y seams just so I can make a great quilt like this...

Anna said...

I love this quilt top! So fabulous :) I love non-traditional Christmas-y fabric :)

Glinda ♥ said...

This is another stunner, Lorna, I love the quilting - clever lady :)

Mike Pearson said...

I think you're fine. Quilting is safe under copyright law as parody. Sort of like weird Al's songs. If anyone threatens you, blow it off. They probably don't know what they're talking about. Love those hexies!

K said...

Big, big fan of hexagons and I am also a sucker for grey and red! Really great quilt....nice job.

Molli Sparkles said...

My lawyers will be in touch. ;-) Seriously, wonderful colours and style in this quilt. Thanks for the link backs as well, very much appreciated!

Pat Merkle said...

Wonderful quilt!

Lucy Blossom said...

I love the fabric at the top of the page, it looks gorgeous. Love your quilt too.

Natalie Jones said...

My goodness, how gorgeous is that quilt? Beautiful fabrics and a wonderful finish x

Rebecca Grace said...

Okay, I love your Oblongogon quilt -- splashes of red are just perfect and the quilting, everything is just spot-on. But I'm confused about the GFB because I don't see any glitter, and when I followed your link to Molli Sparkles' blog I couldn't find any reference to this binding method, either. Is this like the Emperor's New Clothes, only it's the Quilter's New Binding Glitter and only the wise quilters can see the glitter but it looks like ordinary binding to fools like me? :-(

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Having made a hexagon tote bag and how long that took me, I am in total awe! Your fabrics are great especially the combination. Thank you for sharing.

Allison said...

beautiful quilt. I like the simple quilting, too. You're right--it's time consuming but it really enhances the piecing.

Sewing Mom said...

It's lovely!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Love your quilt!! Too funny...my friend and I tried this method of basting last week...works wonderful. That is how I work on my hand quilting; so it just made sense.

M-R Charbonneau said...

Fanta-bu-spark-ulous, Lorna! Love that corner idea. I love your quilt! Thanks for linking up to OctoberQuest 2!

elle said...

goodness. This is great! Front AND back!

Regina said...

Congrats on a fantastic finish!

ChristaQuilts said...

I just saw this one - love the straight line quilting on it!!

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