Yes, I have finally started a Christmas quilt. I needed something to hand stitch and to take along with me, so I thought this was the perfect pattern. It's an easy "folding" technique, needing some preparation, but when it's pieced together... it's finished ! (no additional quilting necessary). When I look at it, I see poinsettias (we call them Christmas roses, here)... do you see them, as well ?
The process starts with strip piecing :
one large strip (the red one) - 6.5 inches - sewn together with two smaller ones (the greens) - 2 inches
Then you cut big circles (I make 7 circles out of one length),
baste your circles with an 1/4 in. seem allowance,
put a 6 inch square batting + fabric, diagonally,
fold + pin or baste the four sides,
hand quilt the four arcs,
and finally whip stitch all your squares together.
And it's FINISHED !
I need 99 squares (yes, I'm optimistic!), for a big throw. I already pieced all strips + cut all circles and squares, and basted 21 squares..... That will be a nice project to take with me to Spain...
When seeing it, one of my bee's friends wanted to make one too. She chose autumn fabrics, and it looks beautiful ! (I think it would look terrific too with pastel tones and romantic roses as centers, or in batiks...).