Ok, I got that out of the way. I’m so excited to have finished this quilt. I love the colors and the design that harkens back to Pennsylvania Dutch hex designs (my parents have the one for Love & Romance over their front door) and the cardinals that my Grama loved so much. So, without further ado, here is my finished Jingle quilt:
As with any of the pictures, you can click through to Flickr to embiggen the pictures. I posted detailed shots of each of the quilted blocks in my Flickr photoset for the quilt, and will highlight a couple of them here.
The center focused mainly on pebbling the background for both the center medallion and the pieced setting triangles.
I left the green triangles in the setting triangle portion unquilted so they would pop, and did a similar feather pattern in the red triangles so they would match with the solid setting triangles of the pieced blocks.
Those feathers are more like feather sprays, and I tried to mimic the pattern in a couple of the pieced blocks. The red center of this block got a swirled feather/flower sort of thing happening. It’s a big hard to see because of the pattern of the fabric. In each of the yellow areas in the pieced blocks, I did a 1/4″ echo from the piece edge, and then micro stippled the interior. I mixed it up on the green pieces and did a couple different patterns. This block has a micro-paisley, but I also did micro stipple, tiny swirls, and some small feathers, too.
For the applique blocks, they got a mix of red print fabric to set those, and they got holly sprigs quilted into them. Around the applique blocks themselves I did a small stipple pattern to make the applique really pop.
And a tip from me to you, if you are FMQing with a light colored thread and accidentally go into a dark colored applique shape, you can take a Pigma pen and color in that bit of white thread and it’s not even visible anymore and you don’t have to undo it! Magic!
Feel free to embiggen away, or watch the slideshow below (which also includes pictures of the blocks as they were made - about 40 pictures in total).