Wednesday, 11 March 2015

12 Days of Christmas, Progress

Hi Everyone,
Has been a couple of weeks since I blogged. So much has been happening at work recently and my days off are now Fri and Sat so I always seem to run out of time to blog for Esther's WOW.
Today is Monday, I had been summoned for jury service but released at 10.30 am due to legal hiccups and have to report back tomorrow. Checked in with work and everything is fully covered so am taking lieu time for rest of day so will be ready early to link this week.
So how is my 12 DOC progressing.

I am loving how it is coming together. My border fabric has worked so well tying my fabrics together. The little green border brings out the tree and the words at the bottom, well they tell the whole story
"The stockings were hung on the chimney with care"
I decided to let the stockings extend to the bottom edge to accentuate the bottom border, also that border is  narrower than the sides and top to fit my finished size.
My tree is double padded. I decided to trim away the backing fabric and cut an extra layer of batting for the tree shape. My iron on batting is already in place, the wrinkles are from it releasing from my background as I manouver the fabric to stitch my applique. This will press out before I add my backing fabric.
The top corner's of my border. I was making my life so difficult, wanting to add charm squares and extend the small green border around them. I still might but when a friend said "just mitre them at present and move on to the next stage" I did, they are better than I thought they would be and I had spent 2 days worrying about them.

My parcels, well the only two fabrics I found that were right sizewise were the green and the red with stars.
The parcels without bows yet, their ribbons are commercial ribbon and I plan to make 3D embellishments for these ones, so not until it is completed..

My Peace Dove, I just love her and think she is almost the most beautiful part of Esther's pattern. The heavily overlaid gold fabric had only just arrived into store the day I went shopping and was sitting on the counter waiting to be checked off. I just had to have it!!! the body fabric has silver embossing.

My star, I wanted to move away from blue but nothing else seemed to work. I chose a blue backgound and now have to let it dictate to me.  I followed Esther's instructions for the star, I thought to a T.
My center was not the greatestalthough esther's method worked very well, hence the little gold circle to cover a multitude of my sin's, LOL
I know I want to hang my baubles on the tree but that  meant I had a big expanse of open space to each side of the tree in the top third of the hanging. I loved Glenda's addition of candles to her version of the quilt but they were not the right option to position in the top third.
I went back to pattern's I have collected over the years and found this one of Christmas Bells from
"Just Patchwork" which seems perfect.

I adjusted my pattern size to fit my hanging and am really happy, have a mirror image to make for the left side of my hanging. DH has not put up my design wall yet so I am using a piece of polyproplyne resting on my ironing board, hence some funny fabric angles in my photos.

Again, I did not want a blue bow but nothing else worked!!! I now have some back sewing to do as my ribbon moved while I was stitching it and it is not straight over the top 2 inches and it annoys me - a lot!!!
Bells to finish and then 4 more baubles to make.

I Love to hear from you and try to reply to all comments.
Cheers Jenny


  1. I am so lucky to have a few meters of the green golden fabric. Your tree with the fabric is an eyeopener for me. I love this beautiful quilt and your hanging. Sooo beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I think your stocking fabric on the borders is a stroke of genius Jenny! What a great idea. I just love this quilt so much and when I get my act together I hope to release new baubles for the tree soon too. It's become a staple in my Christmas decorating. Something I really love about seeing how you've made this wall hanging is how you personalized it. Did you see Glenda's at Christmas time? Hers has candles on either side of the tree and that also looked amazing. I am in love with ALL versions. I really love your hanging mistletoe bell there, what a brilliant touch. And your colours just work so well. You'll be loving this quilt for years.

    I think the blue bow does work, its really hard when the quilt is so much green and red! I'm sure I would have opted for blue too. Personally my favourite part is the peace dove. I was going to make the whole quilt about the peace dove alone, but some years we have traveled and haven't had time for a tree so I decided to put one in for that reason! It allows me to be lazy at Christmas!

    Can I invite you to add this post as a '12 Days' link over on my blog? There's an archive linky for this quilt under the '12 Days' page and I know that quilters who make this in the future will love to see what you did here.

    Thanks for blogging about your beautiful work Jenny, its a real inspiration.