ALYOF July 2014 - Finish!

Deckade the Halls PoinsettiaDeckade the Halls quilt in poinsetta themed fabrics

This month, my goal was a repeat of June - to quilt and bind the second colour way of the pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop's quilt along last summer, Deckade the Halls.

For this version, I used poinsettia themed Christmas prints, most of them had metallic gold throughout the fabric as well.

Tree detailQuilting detail on treee block of Deckade the Halls quilt.

I chose a different quilting design for each block on the quilt. I used invisible nylon thread to outline each image, and for the quilting within.

The trees have a clamshell for the branches and kind of free-form vertical bark-like on the trunk.

The striped mugs have a stippling in every second stripe. The star mug has echo quilting about every 1/4 inch around the star.

The star blocks have 2 lines of echo quilting inside each one.

Gift detail from Deckade the Halls quiltQuilting detail of gifts on the quilt

The gift blocks have a square spiral design on the wrap sections, and the bows are outlined then have 1 or 2 lines to give them a 3D look like a real bow!

The wreaths have a very dense, straight line scribble that really flattens the fabric making the smaller bows pop up with only the outlines quilted.

The stockings use the simplest quilting. The cuff is left quilted in the ditch. One the zig-zags, I stitched down the centre of the neutral fabric. The boot part has stippling on a 1 inch scale.

The ornament blocks have the star echoes into the floral fabrics..

The gingermen blocks have pebble stitching thoughout and nothing on the buttons and bows.

Deckade the Halls quilt backDeckade the Halls quilt back using poinsettia fabrics

All of the background was quilted with a holly leaf doodle. I used a green polyester thread I've had in the cupboard for a long time - bought it in the clearance bin! I had a hard time making the leaves look pointy and sort of even. Guess I should have practiced that more!

The backing is  leftover pieces of the poinsettia fabric. It's a little busy and now I wish I'd used a plain back so the quilting would show better and the quilt would be reversible. Lesson learned!

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