Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Christmas Cheer [A Finish]

 I've fallen in love hook, line and sinker with all of Corinne Sovey's patterns! I started piecing Christmas Cheer alongside Hocus Pocus - some of the techniques are the same, but there are also different ways of creating a similar look - whilst this quilt looks straightforward it makes use of multiple techniques - applique, foundation piecing, inset circles and regular piecing. 

I pieced these blocks during our weekly guild zoom sewing sessions on a Monday night - whilst the last year hasn't been the easiest, this is one of the besy things to come out of it. I spend more time chatting with this lovely bunch of sewers now than I ever did when we could see each other in real life, and I really hope we continue with these sessions once the world rights itself! Three of us were busy piecing this quilt and it was lovely to progress together.

I adore the backing of this quilt. It was a duvet cover I picked up at Asda last Christmas (or maybe even the Christmas before) and it is absolutely perfect for our family - little snowglobes containing all of our favourite things: unicorns, flamingos, zebras, cacti, robots, cats, dinosaurs. I have to confess I was a little worried my kids would prefer the back to the front. The girls were thrilled to get the two pillow cases for their beds during December. And there's enough of the backing left to make some Christmas bunting for next year too - if I get time!

I had a ball quilting this: Because it's for us there was no pressure to get it perfect, and even thought I like the organic straight lines of hocus pocus, I knew there was scope for so much more. So for Christmas Cheer I went to town and custom quilted every block. Some were more successful than others, but here are some of my favourites!

Finished and ready for snuggles well in time for Christmas 2020 - I must add a label to it! Our lockdown Christmas quilt!


Annie said...

Jennie, your Christmas quilt is SO cute! Love the colors and the use of all solids. Being filled with so many block techniques would keep it from getting boring to work on. And how fun to make it with others. The backing is perfect with the snow globes! I little game of Christmas I Spy can be played during the holidays. This quilt will be a fun memory of a not so fun year.

Emily said...

This is so cute! I love the special quilting and that backing print is fabulous!