Finished just in time for our Southern Hemisphere winter – my Winter Quilt Festival wall-hanging. This panel was a Christmas gift several years ago from my quilty pen friend Carol, who lives in South Dakota. She had stitched on two borders before posting it half way around the world to me as a lovely gift. I machine quilted in the ditch around the three straight lines in the borders, then several curvy lines around the blue border. This was to be one of my “slow stitching” projects, and I decided to do some hand quilting in the centre of the panel.
Ready to start hand quilting
I must say that this has been a very slow project indeed. It came away with us on our South Island holiday for 10 weeks, and was occasionally taken out of the bag and worked on. I slowly quilted my way around those cheeky snow people, the trees, banner and the quilts in the background.
Then I decided that I would stitch around the teeny tiny printed block patterns which surround the centre panel. I’m not the world’s best or fastest hand quilter, so it took another wee while. The binding and hanging sleeve was added last week, just leaving a few more of those tiny blocks to stitch around, which I have finally finished.
Quilting around tiny blocks
I made it to hang in my sewing room, actually the back bedroom, over the winter months, and it looks nice and seasonal. So down came the floral wall-hanging which has been there for ages – and I’ll swap them back again in the Spring. Ooops, this one’s not quite all finished, I forgot to do a label. I’ll get onto that little job shortly.
Hanging in the sewing room
I also have another wintry wall-hanging displayed, Winter Welcome, which was also a gift from Carol. A wintry scene indeed, with a church and a cheeky snowman. Carol sent me the pattern and added a few fabrics to start the project off, and I completed it last year.
Our winters here in my part of New Zealand are nowhere as severe as Carol experiences in South Dakota. The only snow we see is on top of the mountains, but we have our share of wind and rain over winter.