SewGalCal is hosting a Christmas Quilt Show and I am entering my Christmas String Quilt that I completed around Easter time this year. Since I finished it up in the spring, this will be the first year that we get to pull it out and enjoy it! I am looking forward to that.
I used a variety of scraps of Christmas materials that I had accumulated over the years to make the strings. I cut them in strips measuring 1”, 1 ¼”, 1 ½”, 1 ¾”, 2”, 2 ¼” and 2 ½” wide. I challenged myself while sewing to use the smallest piece possible for each string to keep myself interested! I pretty much depleted my collection of Christmas material. I also used scraps of about 5 different ivory materials including a fine wale corduroy for the center star shapes.
The backing and binding I bought when the material was on sale just after Christmas this past year. The backing is by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics and the binding is Grandma’s Gingerbread by Dianna Marcum. I really love the traditional look of these materials. I wasn’t going for trendy or modern with this quilt but just traditional Christmas; something I would like for years and want to drag out each Christmas.
My finished quilt measures 43 1/2″ square prior to washing. I started quilting 1/4” from the seam and then every ½”.
Click on my link above to visit the other quilts in the show!