First on the list was to finish the not fun stuff from last weekend: prepping Inverted Star for quilting. ✔
It took a couple of hours to finish off the prep work. I found the right size box in the left over pile from Christmas. The box needs to be taped shut and a label added then it will be ready to mail to Trudy. Getting Inverted Star shipped out for quilting was my January one monthly goal. It should go out in the mail tomorrow. It's nice to get that one checked off before the end of the month.
Looking at the project plan for this year, next on the list to finish is the Christmas Mystery quilt. It's not a year old yet, so it's not on the UFO list, but getting it finished will keep it off the list. Since the plan this year is to get in a few finishes, no reason not to pull this project out and figure out what's next for it. First step was to address the creepy blank face of the nutcracker (which really bugged My Guy).
|Ho Ho Ho (Christmas Mystery)|
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)
I used dark gray embroidery thread to stitch in a few facial features. I'm happy with how it came out, so is My Guy. No more creepy, faceless Nutcracker.
Next step was to figure out the backing fabric and get that pieced. Most of the quilt was made from scraps and fat quarters, so there wasn't any left over yardage to pick from there. After staring at the various piles in the fabric closet, I came across a green and gold print. Not a Christmas print, but I think it will work for the back.
It's got the same green tones as the print used for one of the Dresden Plate blocks. I'm planning to bind this in either red or dark green. That backing would work with either. It didn't take long to piece the backing, this quilt isn't a very large just 52" X 64". Next step is to give both the flimsy and the back a good press, then clean up the loose threads on both. I'll probably wait till next weekend to get started on that. Since this project used a medium gray, I won't have to worry to much about the threads showing through, except in the blocks that use white fabrics. So hopefully that process will go faster with than it did with Inverted Star.
That's it for me this week. Linking up with the usual Monday linky parties:
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall