Saturday, February 25, 2017

What a Relief.....

My Christmas Solstice quilt is finally finished!
I'm not sure what year this Bonnie Hunter mystery was first introduced, but unfortunately, I fell waaaay behind. I've been taking different parts of the blocks to retreats, and was so happy to finally get all the blocks together at quilt camp this past January--until I realized I had made a big boo-boo (that you can read about here).
Anyway, everything is fixed and finished and here she is on our king size bed--yay!

I wish I would have had enough of the Thimbleberries fabric in the foreground for the entire back, but I only had five yards. At least it was a good opportunity to use up some big chunks of fabric from my stash! 

No fabric was purchased specifically for Christmas Solstice.
I started out intending to use up my stash of Christmas fabrics and I did just that for the most part (some weren't quite the right colors), but ended up adding lots of other fabrics from my stash--and that's a good thing! The green border was made from the cut-offs of a backing from another quilt. There was just enough of the dark green Thimbleberries fabric left over from another project for the binding (with 2.5" to spare!). 

I quilted Christmas Solstice with a curly paisley inspired by Tracy fromWhirls 'n Swirls quilting on You Tube. There are several fabrics in the quilt that have paisley prints, so I thought it was an appropriate quilting design for this quilt.
 I used Aurifil # 1147 for the quilting--a lime green that blended in nicely. 

And, of course, the final touch--a label.
I happened to have this Thimbleberries label and figured this was a good time to use it!
Christmas Solstice was my February goal and is also on my Finish-A-Long list HERE
Linking with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts HERE


  1. Absolutely wonderful, Karen! You should be so proud!
    Whatever combo of fabrics you used, it works.
    I appreciate you sharing the info on the design and thread you used for quilting.
    That label is the perfect finishing touch. : )

  2. It's beautiful! How happy you must be to have it finished. And fixing those blocks with the tan-to-white... I think it was well worth it. Huzzah!

  3. Your Christmas Solstice is just wonderful! Congratulations on your finish! It always feels so good. The headache of un-sewing was worth it, sometimes you just have to obey the quilt. lol

  4. Your quilt label is cute as can be.

  5. Congratulations Karen on a fabulous finish! Just love this quilt and you have done such a great job with the quilting.... just stunning! Christine x

  6. This looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  7. Wow! You met your goal and the quilt is gorgeous. So many pieces and so much fabric. It's amazing it all came from your stash. Great job!

  8. Congratulations on a lovely finish. And it's so big which we need for our beds. I had a time quilting my last large one and hope yours went more easily.
    The "curves" in this quilt always attract me. I like your color variation so much and am glad you added fabrics in the right color ahead of the "right" theme. That outer green sparks the entire quilt.

  9. That is "one big quilt"! It's amazing that you have it done and on your bed - quite an accomplishment!!! I really like the paisley quilting pattern.

  10. Oh what a beauty and a hearty congratulations! What a feat :)

    She looks wonderful on the bed and when you sleep underneath I am sure all your dreams will be of sugarplums and pleasant things :)

  11. Wow!! What an amazing finish!! It's beautiful! And I don't think I'm ever going to be brave enough for a king size quilt: good thing we only have a queen size bed!! :-) Congrats on a fabulous quilt!! Hugs, h

  12. Congratulations on your great finish. The quilt looks amazing. Well done for sticking to it and getting a finish.

  13. Your Christmas Solstice is beautiful! Congrats on meeting your February OMG. Look forward to seeing what you have planned for March.

  14. Oh wow this quilt is impressive! Love the label, makes it even more special. Thank you for linking up on behalf of the 2017 global Finish-A-Long hosts.