Hello!! I am so glad it's Monday, the Monday after the holidays. Oh I had a great time and all, but I'm a schedule type of person, and I've not been on my schedule since December 23rd. I've been on everyone else's schedules. Well things are getting back to normal around this household and I'm feeling good about having some time to myself. Although, wouldn't it be great if Christmas and New Years Day always fell on Friday? Wasn't it nice to stretch out each holiday over the weekend?
Surprise, I finished "Oh Christmas Tree"! I did not get it done on New Years Eve like I had hoped, but did finish it up New Years Day. I'm happy with the end result.
This quilt deserves the name, "Oh Christmas Tree". It's as regal as the song. But to me this quilt will be "Little Bits and Pieces" because I made this quilt from little bits and pieces of fabric using little bits and pieces of time.
I started this project December 1st. It was the perfect project to work on during the holidays. I'm lucky in that I have a dedicated sewing room, so while the rest of the house was undergoing a Christmas makeover and hosting guests, friends, and family, my sewing room was unaffected by the brouhaha.
This was a perfect project for sewing in small intervals. I never had to stop and figure where I was or what needed to be done. It would take around 15 minutes to piece one row. Sometimes I wouldn't have 15 minutes to spare but would at least select my fabric and be ready to sew a row when I would have the time. On the days I had more time, I connected the rows. I loved watching the quilt grow, row by row, branch by branch.
Squeezing in a little sewing time through the hectic days of December was therapy for my soul. The biggest lesson for me, who usually sews at least 2 hours everyday, is that doing a little bit really adds up over time. I would not have been able to finish this quilt on New Years Day if I had not made an effort to do something, even if it was just a little something, through the month.
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When I started I was not 100% sold on my greens. I had a hard time coming up with good greens. I didn't have the number I thought I needed for a good scrappy look, but I'm happy with it now that it's done.
I think this quilt would be also be cute a tad smaller, by leaving off the bottom section of branches. I would make it 5 fewer blocks on each side and the length would change from 75 inches to 63. ( I bet you're wondering how I did this....I connected the rows in sections and while I knew I wanted to make the original size, I moved the bottom section up on my design wall just for this picture.)
I've already decided what I'm going to do with this quilt. Next year I would like to hang this quilt on the wall next to the mantle, to the left. This picture only shows a small portion of that big blank wall. It goes up another 6 feet.
This is Quilt #54, is 66 X 75, and has 4,950 pieces.
If you were too busy to read my blog as I worked on "Oh Christmas Tree", select "Quilt # 54 Oh Christmas Tree" in the Category List to the right.