Friday, July 18, 2014

O Christmas Trees - A Finish

**Note - If you are looking for the Superior Threads Giveaway you will find it here ;)

Yippee!!!  It's more Christmas in July!!!  Wednesday I shared my new Simply Modern Monochromatic Stockings tutorial  (and thank you for all of your sweet comments) and today, I get to share my new O Christmas Trees lap quilt!!!


Last September Christa from Christa Quilts hosted a Modern Trees Quilt-A-Long and I loved the design, but A) didn't have time to quilt a-long and b) wanted to change it up a bit for a little scrappier look and a larger quilt size.  In come my fabulous Bees Knees mates :)  I whipped up this Improv Tree Paper Pieced Block Tutorial and over the next bit received these beautiful Improv Tree blocks from all of my friends.  Thank you so much ladies, I love these trees!!!


The blocks got set aside, but at the end of June, I pulled them back out and in between other projects pieced the top, quilted it, and yes, even finished getting it bound.  Yippee!!!!  I love Christmas in July!!!!   The fabrics are Blitzen by Basic Grey.  And can I just say, I love Basic Grey's Christmas Lines, seriously, I haven't come across one that I don't like ;)


I had a lot of fun quilting this one.  Even though it did make the long arm wig out and was the start of it's downhill motion that has now landed it in the shop, le sigh.  Total side note there, back to the quilting.    I did some pebbling between the trees.  I wanted it to look like snow building up on them.  Ahh, I love pebbling, it is so relaxing :)    On the trees, I did some red and green loopies and zig-zags.  I kept that fairly simple as the improv scrappy of them is already quite a lot :)  Oh, and the trunks are done in a wood grain look, it fit ;)


And I had so much fun quilting the background of the quilt.  I really wanted it to look like snow flurries, so I played around with the concept of swirls with tails, but instead of doing the swirl, I did a little snowflake in the center of the swirl start.  It really did come out the way I had hoped and it was just so exciting to try a whole new design concept twisting on what I feel comfortable with and have it turn out :)


And now I have a new Christmas quilt ;)  Seriously, I don't think I can ever have to many Christmas Quilts.  They just make me smile!!!   This quilt finished at 63" x 74" so it is going to be just perfect to throw over the couch come December (or November, you know I pull out my Christmas stuff early :)  and curl up with while I watch White Christmas ;)


If you would like to make your own O Christmas Trees Quilt, I have added the Quilt Tutorial directions to the end of the Block Tutorial Directions. (just surf down through the block tutorial to find them ;)   It has all of the yardage and quilt top piecing directions you will need to whip up your own ;)  It really is such a fun quilt to put together ;)




Have a Happy (and Merry) Quilting Day!!!

Yippee for 2 finishes in a week :)  Linking O Christmas Tree up to Sarah's, Amanda's and Fort Worth Fabric Studio :)

Pin It!

36 comments:

  1. I love all those tree blocks and your quilting is just gorgeous...nice job!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your quilt is beautiful!! imakejoy@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I feel like I need to get going on Christmas things now...it is just around the corner! Love the trees very much!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love the Basic Grey Christmas lines too! I have a Blitzen quilt I need to finish for this year! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Cute!! and I love all those pebbles

    ReplyDelete
  6. It is so adorable! The snow flurry quilting adds so much movement and I really like the pebbles too. They are so fun!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I really like your quilt. Love the snow flurries quilting

    ReplyDelete
  8. Nice finish! Thanks for sharing the quilt and especially the quilting details. BTW, I have been working on Summer Breeze here in Kentucky in between finishing 2 other quilt tops. Right now I'm taking a break to cut fabric for yet another quilt! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  9. It really turned out wonderful! Your quilting really added so much to the background and overall look. It was fun to be a small part of your quilt :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Your quilt turned out beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love it! I made this one too and I love mine. I like your idea to get help from bee mates.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Love your quilt!! Your quilting really puts it over the top!! I have a love/hate relationship with pebbles - love the way it looks but I have having to hit the backtracking "right on" to make it look like I want!!! White Christmas is my favorite Christmas movie - gotta watch it EVERY year! Your "sky" is fabulous and really does remind me of the beginnings of a snow storm where you can watch the snowflakes dance in the wind.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Your quilt turned out lovely! And I really like the snow swirling quilting you did. How perfect for a Christmas quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's gorgeous kiddo!!! I love all the different quilting that you did: so perfect!!! Hugs, H

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your quilting is fabulous! I'm so impressed.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Gorgeous, but, but, Christmas... *sigh*

    ReplyDelete
  17. Neat how the smaller trees form one big tree.

    ReplyDelete
  18. love these trees and this will look lovely on the wall at Christmas time

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is just beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Definitely on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing! Great inspiration! Love the quilting!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I Love this Quilt!! I am going to have to think up something similar!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Huggs, Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  22. I am loving this quilt! I've added it to my ever-growing list of things I want to make.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love the snow swirls. They make it look a gentle snow fall, perfect for Christmas Eve.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love the snowy swirls in the background, too ... VERY much. I have a tree quilt for which I wanted a similar effect, so I may be giving your great idea a try soon!

    ReplyDelete
  25. It is really gorgeous! Congrats on a fabulous finish.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wonderful quilting ideas--thanks for sharing. Trees are one of my favorite designs!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow! This looks amazing. I love, love, love the snowflake quilting....such a great winter-y feel to the quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Find Best Online Jobs from Home with Payment Guarantee
    www.JobzCorner.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. Online Business with hourly profit, Just Invest and Rest
    AllTimeProfit.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. I had no idea this would end up a good sized quilt. It will be going on my to-do list for sure. Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I follow your blog by e-mail. Can't wait to see what's new.

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love this quilt. I, too, did not follow along at the time, but I bought fabric FROM Christa and plan to do this before this Christmas...I really like the idea of enlarging the pattern! Might have to buy some more fabric... Visiting from Sew and Sow Farm today, although I have visited you several times before. btw Jan says hi! Think I'll be following you now, too! ;-)

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa