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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

My “Alphabet Noel” quilt is done!  I persevered with the machine quilting during the week, one block at a time, then machined the binding on.  I always have trouble getting that last diagonal joining seam measured and done.  This time, I had the binding all twisted and had to undo the last seam, goodness knows how that happened.  Does anyone know about a fool proof video to show me how to get it right, first time, each time?  I pinned the binding down  in place on Saturday night while Robin was watching sport on TV, then today, spent several hours hand stitching it in place, and adding the label.  There we go – job done.

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Hand stitching the binding down

I enjoyed every minute of stitching these Christmas Alphabet blocks, and was in no rush to finish this project.  Designed by Michelle Ridgeway of Rag Tag Stitchin, these blocks came away with us as we travelled the country in our caravan, came to Sew  Wot mornings and quilt club stitching days, and probably took me two years to complete.  No matter, it was my slow stitching project and I knew it would take some time.

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I changed a few of the blocks, and added four more of Michelle’s designs to give me thirty blocks, so I could have a 5X6 setting.  Can you make out the wonky star quilting on the back?

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Alphabet Noel

Let me show you some of my favourite blocks.

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R is for Reindeer, W is for (Christmas) Wreath

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Y is for Yule Log

I do so enjoy doing this type of stitchery, it is lovely and relaxing.  Many thanks to Michelle of Rag Tag Stitchin for her wonderful designs.

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Alphabet Noel

12 comments:

Maria said...


such a beautifully stitched Christmas Quilt... Great finish Jenny

Kate said...

Jenny, your quilt is beautiful! If it could only talk it would have many stories to tell of it's travels. While it is a sense of accomplishment to have such a project completed it can also be a let down when it was one that you enjoyed working on so much. k

Karen S said...

Fantastic finish. It does look great. Well done on your finish.

Tired Teacher said...

It's superb! I love the wonky star quilting - front and back.

Nancy J said...

Lovely finish, and the Reindeer hiding behind his letter, that is really so well designed.

Kim said...

A most beautiful finish! Oh my, such a lot of stitching and love has gone into this lovely quilt. How fun to have worked on this pretty as you travelled around the country. With Christmas fast approaching you will be able to display it and enjoy it. How fun to look at each block and smile at all the sweet details.

Connie said...

Congratulations! It is beautiful and I see that you hem your binding by hand, me too. It just gives it such a nice finish. Cute label, too :) This quilt will be treasured for many years to come.
Wishing you a lovely day.
Connie :)

Little Penpen said...

A wonderful finish! This quilt will have so much meaning because of the memories associated with its slow stitching. The quilting is gorgeous and your label is precious, too.

Judith Emery said...

Another delightful finished project. I'm so envious of your staying power I can't seem to settle to anything at the moment and it's not for the want of things to do. Maybe over the winter I'll get stuck in. I did manage to finish six crotchet doilies, for my portholes, over the summer.
Judith nb Serena

Michelle Ridgway said...

It looks wonderful Jenny and your quilting finishes it off beautifully. I am so happy that you have enjoyed stitching my Alphabet....thank you xxx

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish!
This is my favourite type of quilt... stitched over time, with lots of lovely details, and memories made along the way!
Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

Janice said...

Well done! It looks fabulous. I’m sure you have just the spot to hang it for Christmas