I'm really not as late as it appears in completing this Christmas quilt. I finished it up on December 23 but had already filled the blog postings up to today with the last of the Christmas cards.
I wanted the quilt to be in the seasonal colors but not to be so bright as traditionally used. So I dug in the stash and found burdundy, mottled green, taupe and greenish yellow.
These sat for a while waiting for inspiration until I saw the tutorial on the Missouri Star Quilt Company for the block called 'Colorado'. I played with the coloring in EQ7 and decided to make the center pinwheels with the yellow to represent the Star of Bethlehem.
The construction method makes a bazillion half-square triangles which are arranged into this 14-inch block:
Actually, the outer border showing is the sashing and cornerstones between the blocks.
The blocks are arranged so that all the greens come together around one cornerstone and all the reds around the next cornerstone. What this does is create a secondary pattern.
On the red sections I quilted a poinsettia:
I used verigated dark red thread and a 'sketch' style rather than a very controlled outline. Here you can see the stitching on the back:
Where the green blocks formed I quilted a bow in the center surrounded by a holly wreath:
I used green thread for this and here you can see the view from the back:
The 4-inch borders are quilted with bows and garland and the finish is a green and gold striped binding:
You can see the quilting pretty well on the photo above so the back view shows how I treated the corners:
I am delighted with how this came out! This will be a quilt for me to keep.
It is a very generous 70 x 84 inches.