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Holiday Sparkle

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by Lorna McMahon

For the past week, these words have been reverberating in my head.
Holiday Sparkle.

Mainly because of this fabric…….

Holiday Sparkle by Nina Seven for Wilmington Prints
All the while, I was working on what was formerly known as the oblongagon quilt.

This gorgeous fabric was used in the quilt top to compliment the main focus fabrics – Holiday Frost by Jan Shade Beach for Henry Glass & Co.  I was quite taken by this Holiday Sparkle fabric – the dark gray background, the colourful text phrases, and the circular dots reminding me of snow flakes!

And then, once I had made up my mind to use this fabric both to name and to bind the oblongagon quilt, I mulled over the idea of how to make this into a truly fabulous finish.

Another first for me concerning binding – the 60 degree corners.  Not a problem!

Backing fabrics from left to right are…

  • large text print telling the history of the Christmas tree (love it!)
    is called “Tidings of Great Joy” by J. Wecker Fisch for Quilting Treasures
  • dark gray stripe is “Animal Alphabet Flash Cards” by Lisa DeJohn for Red Rooster Fabrics
  • and the dots are by Andover Fabrics
This close up also reveals the quilting.
Using a walking foot and 4.0 stitch length, I quilted 4 parallel lines along the outside of each vertical seam.  Very time consuming, but I love how it enhances the overall design.
I successfully resisted the urge to make a full bed sized quilt this time.
The Holiday Sparkle quilt measures 52″ x 65″, a nice throw quilt size.
Perfect for snuggling on the sofa!

Listing this one in my Etsy shop.

In case you were interested in an alternate way to baste a quilt besides on the floor or table, I included this picture of the backing, thumb tacked to my adjustable quilting frame.
(Otherwise known as four sticks and some screws.)

Countdown to Christmas…  76 days to go!

    Keep On Quilting On

36 Responses

  1. Anne says:

    I don't know what the glitter-flecked binding thing is but your quilt looks amazing. I think I might have to hunt down some of that first fabric you showed. It's fabulous! :o)

  2. Renee says:

    It turned out awesome! What a fun quilt.

  3. After reading this blog, Mollie will probaly get the itch to stitch oblongagons and you 2 will be even steven. Unless of course, your prospective lawyers want to duke it out and then we are 2 lawyers down. Sounds like a win-win to me!

  4. Love the 60 degree corners – very clever!

  5. Vicki says:

    Oh Lorna…beyond lovely! The corners are wonderful. Your quilting is great. Not enough words(or room) to tell you how I feel.

  6. Vera says:

    Love it! The fabrics, design, corners. Perfect match! Well done!

  7. Fantabulous! Love the quilting! Please…more info on your basting method…looks very interesting!

  8. Awesome finish Lorna! Esp. cause you you know how much I love hexi's!

  9. Lindsey says:

    Gorgeous quilt! I really love those fabrics! As far as your basting goes, I think that's a great idea and I might try that out! 🙂

  10. Love the way this turned out! And the binding is perfect, love the fabric you chose. I baste on a table top with clips…I can't hack the floor.

  11. Beautiful quilt. I do love the straightline quilting. It really does enhance and give the quilt another dimension. Great job!

  12. Congrats on your beautiful quilt! Like your technique preparing for sandwiching!

  13. jan says:

    Loran, Lorna, Lorna ILOVEIT! Can ya hear me? Love the binding to.xo jan

  14. Beautiful colours for Christmas! It looks like it will be very snuggly.

  15. Jo says:

    love this! The quilting is especially awesome

  16. Wow, great quilting! I imagine that was super time consuming! Worth it though, it looks great 🙂 thanks so much for linking up!

  17. such a beauty, Lorna!! I'm soooo loving that gray text fabric!Thanks so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  18. I'm thinking Ms. Molli will be flattered. Great quilt, love the 60 degree corners!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Love how this quilt came together… now I want to brave Y seams just so I can make a great quilt like this…

  20. Anna says:

    I love this quilt top! So fabulous 🙂 I love non-traditional Christmas-y fabric 🙂

  21. Glinda ♥ says:

    This is another stunner, Lorna, I love the quilting – clever lady 🙂

  22. Mike Pearson says:

    I think you're fine. Quilting is safe under copyright law as parody. Sort of like weird Al's songs. If anyone threatens you, blow it off. They probably don't know what they're talking about. Love those hexies!

  23. Kristin says:

    Big, big fan of hexagons and I am also a sucker for grey and red! Really great quilt….nice job.

  24. My lawyers will be in touch. 😉 Seriously, wonderful colours and style in this quilt. Thanks for the link backs as well, very much appreciated!

  25. Pat Merkle says:

    Wonderful quilt!

  26. Lucy Blossom says:

    I love the fabric at the top of the page, it looks gorgeous. Love your quilt too.

  27. Unknown says:

    My goodness, how gorgeous is that quilt? Beautiful fabrics and a wonderful finish x

  28. Okay, I love your Oblongogon quilt — splashes of red are just perfect and the quilting, everything is just spot-on. But I'm confused about the GFB because I don't see any glitter, and when I followed your link to Molli Sparkles' blog I couldn't find any reference to this binding method, either. Is this like the Emperor's New Clothes, only it's the Quilter's New Binding Glitter and only the wise quilters can see the glitter but it looks like ordinary binding to fools like me? 🙁

  29. Having made a hexagon tote bag and how long that took me, I am in total awe! Your fabrics are great especially the combination. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Allison says:

    beautiful quilt. I like the simple quilting, too. You're right–it's time consuming but it really enhances the piecing.

  31. Love your quilt!! Too funny…my friend and I tried this method of basting last week…works wonderful. That is how I work on my hand quilting; so it just made sense.

  32. Fanta-bu-spark-ulous, Lorna! Love that corner idea. I love your quilt! Thanks for linking up to OctoberQuest 2!

  33. elle says:

    goodness. This is great! Front AND back!

  34. Regina says:

    Congrats on a fantastic finish!

  35. I just saw this one – love the straight line quilting on it!!