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Starting A Happy New Year.

Posted on | January 2, 2017 | 8 Comments

Happy New Year. It is always good to start with a holiday!

The Christmas/New Year break has been relatively quiet so I have been able to get back into some sewing. As is often the case, I had some Christmas UFOs to complete. So I got down to quilting and binding.

A finish!! I cut up the panel, added borders and included a background. The photo is a little dull as the quilt is under cover. After our crazy hot Christmas weather we are having a coolish day with drizzle.  The heat will be back in 2 days time.

The billowy white shape behind the quilt is the apricot tree covered in netting. We have picked a handful already and decided we needed to net the tree before the birds discovered the fruit was ripe. I am planning some jam making and bottling by the end of the week.

The tall plant in the pot is a sunflower and has just opened.

Back to the quilt.

Straight lines in the borders and meandering in the background.

I outline quilted shapes in each panel then added more meandering.




I had a suitable green with a Christmas feel to use for the backing.

And of course I like to see the shadows created by the quilting when it is on the bed.

One UFO down – more to go. I have the next quilt sandwiched and ready to go.

I hope your year has started well and that 2017 is a happy and healthy one.

Cheers, Karen.

PS. Here’s another sunflower – looks like a mini – growing in our hot house.



8 Responses to Starting A Happy New Year.

  • Suz says: What a lovely finish Karen! Those panels are very sweet! And look at that fluffy sunflower! What a beauty!
  • Fiona says: Great to get UFO's finished and I love that Christmas one.... Did you get some jam made - apricot is wonderful for home made jam. Happy New Year ...xx Hugz
  • Bev C says: Hello Karen, What a lovely quilt, amazing what can be done with panels. Love that Sunflower in the pot. Hope you get to make lots of Apricot jam. Happy days. Bev.
  • shez says: Hi Karen,still not getting that you are doing post,i deleted you and then put you back,but its still not working. I am sorry that i have only just seen this lovely post now,i sure do love your new Xmas quilt and the FMQ looks fantastic. My DD1 just loves sunflowers she says that they make everyone happy.xx
  • Cheryl says: You always have something lovely on the go Karen. What a beautiful quilt - you would never know it was a panel to start
  • Mary @ Fleur de Lis Quilts says: You know how to start the New Year off right! A finish and a sunflower--it's hard to beat that combination. Your outline quilting the characters in this quilt reminds me of my mom's quilting. She loved to outline quilt. In fact I think she made this style of quilts so she could outline the center. Thanks for the reminder. It's extra special to think about her quilting habits since she loved it so very much. Your straight lines in the borders really works for adding a bit of contrast and interest. The quilt is beautiful but your work takes it to a new level. Good luck get a few more UFOs in the completed pile!
  • Joan says: Love your Christmas quilt. What an adorable panel print. You sunflower looks gorgeous!

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