Two down, three to go!
The Countdown to Christmas Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt is finished! This is for a friend of my mother-in-law's who saw my quilt this time last year and asked me to make one for her. She bought all the fabrics and I made it up. I didn't refer back to my original at all when I was piecing this one, so although it's the same fabric, they are all in different places, so it looks totally different (you can see the two side by side in my last post about this quilt here).
The quilting is different too. Since last year I have learned (but definitely not mastered) free motion quilting, so I did a stipple all over the quilt, instead of last year's wobbly lines. The thread started off as a YLI spring green. My sewing machine did not like it. It refused to FMQ with it, so I did a mad dash to my LQS and found an Aurifil (it hadn't been there when we'd bought the YLI or I would have started off with this thread in the first place) in practically the same colour. My machine was much happier, though there was the odd hiccup. I don't understand how one quilt goes without a single hitch and then the next one, with exactly the same settings, brand new needle etc. has problems.
The backing is also different to my original pieced back. Margaret picked a large bauble print. Although it isn't from the Sweetwater range, the colours are almost a perfect match and it's such fun (you can see the quilting on this photo)!
This is another tick on my Fourth Quarter Finish Along list!