I took this BIG quilt on the plane with me. My bags were packed last week with 4 quilts. Someone asked me if I was back packing through Europe. I stuffed my suitcase and laptop bag full of quilts to keep me busy. I finished 3 on the flight out there - and this big one on my way back.
This quilt was made using the presewn together squares Moda came out with a few years back. This line was call Christmas Presence by April Cornell. I LOVE this line. There is the most beautiful black fabric with the holly berry on it. I still can't believe they left it out of the presewn fabric, but I still love this line.
The line had a great mix of plaids and prints along with the perfect tone of red and green. The perfect Christmas addition. I have had this quilt hanging in my closet for probably 5 years now. So I was thrilled to get it done!
I used the Holly Panto design to quilt it. I love the big holly berry leaves. Not sure if you can see below - but this was the 2nd quilt I did on my new machine and the 1st quilt using a real edge to edge pattern. No idea what happened, but about 3 inches was skipped. I was in the stage of watching the quilt machine - like you do your new born baby. I kept thinking if I walked away a mistake would be made. This pattern is very dense and was taking a long time - the quilt is so big towards the end I decided to start sewing and I walked away while it started on the next row. And when I went back I gasped at the GAP in between the two rows! The row was almost done, so I thought screwed it and will just have to deal with it.
When I got to the bottom row the pattern was about 4 inches too short - I didn't know how to stretch a pattern back then so I freehanded it - HORRIBLE! Looks nothing like the panto graph does. Made me appreciate this magical quilting machine so much more!
Even with the few mistakes - I'm so happy with how it turned out. I love these fabrics and the quilting pattern and am so glad to have another quilt marked off my to do list!
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