The very first Christmas I spent in Texas, I decided that I wanted to make a quilt. I loved that Christmas Quilt so much that I then decided it needed to become an annual tradition! Of course, I have YET to finish one of these quilts BEFORE Christmas! But I’ve been getting closer and closer to being done on time. This year I’m actually less than a week late! Yippee!! This years quilt tested my patter design skills, my quilting skills, my patience and my perfectionist complex. It involved a few band aids, several swear words, a bunch of sewing machine needles, hand stitching for the quilting, more sweat words and a WHOLE lot of love 🙂 I give you my Christmas Stars Scrappy Quilt!
I used this tutorial to make the floating stars… it was the very first time I’ve made stars… and I slightly miss read the tutorial. So instead of having a nice sharp point centered where the star points meet, there is a flat area. But I figure, its my quilt and I’m allowed to make mistakes and I love it anyways!
I hand stitched just inside the edge of each white star with red thread instead of my usual free motion quilting. Definitely adds more character and a little more visual interest. I also choose to go with a “binding free” type of edge. First time for that too! If I choose to go binding free again, I’ll top stitch around the entire quilt before doing the quilting. With this quilt I waited to top stitch until the very end, and there are a few places where its a tad bulky in the back.
Instead of piecing together a large backing, I chose to go with a Christmas/Winter themed flannel! And boy is this quilt comfy!!
I’m definitely going to be making more star quilts in the future, in fact I already have an idea for my next project and its going to be awesome! In the mean time, if you need me, I’ll be snuggled up under my new favorite quilt with the kittens and some stitching 🙂
Do you have something that you simply MUST make or do each Holiday season?