It's REALLY, really, really beginning to look a lot MORE like... Christmas!
This is my fifth and final finish using the blocks in the free Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along. You can read all about that free quilt along here. This block is Santa's Reindeer and the instructions are scheduled to be posted on July 15.
The Santa's Reindeer block is one that I have made many times before...
But when I seen a 9 block quilt made by a variety of pattern testers for Diane Harris of QuiltMaker magazine using bright fabrics, I knew that I would eventually find the time to make one using solids. I miss solids.
Diane is now retired from QuiltMaker magazine and is working on her own offering classes and shows. You can visit Diane over at her new website Stash Bandit.
I do consider myself to be "print challenged" and have said so openly while giving a presentation to a few guilds visited last year. So 2016 was the year of challenging myself to use prints instead of those solids that I truly adore.
I am concentrating on using my stash this year. And it felt good to dive into my solids and dig around in that bin for a change. So, we have a bright pink reindeer.
A pretty yellow reindeer.
Orange you glad? Another reindeer.
When it came time for quilting, I went with my usual organic wavy lines. I used Ghost White Magnifico thread by Superior Threads on top and plain white Guetermann in the bobbin. I used to do A LOT of quilting in white. And the beginning of this year
will have has proven to have a lot again.
The backing is Winter Garden by Susan Winget for Steele Creek Studio, which I found two years ago at Fabric.com. I fell in love with this print and bought it when it was on sale. I bought A LOT. And have used it a lot for backing all my Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilted items. But I still have plenty left.
Classic Black for the binding.
This rainbow coloured "Santa's Reindeer" quilt finished at 40" x 40"
and was the 23rd use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.
Are you interested in reading more about the blocks designed
for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along?
Did you get your free colouring page download?!!!
Are you quilting along?
And for those of you who can't get enough Christmas....
Those who are too excited to wait for the next block instructions....
You could choose to include blocks from my other free quilt along - Ugly Christmas Sweaters - as both quilt alongs use the same size blocks!!! Interested?!!! Check out the Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt along here.
It is NOT necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate in either of these Christmas themed quilt alongs, but if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Collection; which includes all 15 designs and the Ugly Christmas Sweaters patterns are both available for purchase in my pattern store here.
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