I fell in love with Kate Spain's In from the cold fabric line as soon as I saw it. The cute cocoa cups and the gorgeous hues of green, mistletoe and who can't resist red at Christmas. I already had an idea of making this block from Ellison Lane into a giant quilt sized block
Last week it arrived and I was so quick getting the quilt on the frame and quilted it up with swirls to match the cocoa cup swirls
My quilting is definitely improving and I don't normally like densely quilted stuff but as I got into the flow of it, time flew by.
It's quilted in white YLI cotton thread with bottom line superior threads bobbin thread and I used the Sew Simple supersoft 70/30 recycled wadding. It seems to make lots of fluff and my machine needed cleaning out twice during the quilting, fluff bunnies everywhere.
Now to the exciting bit, people who have followed me for a bit or know me irl, yes I like anything flashy especially at Christmas, our house looks like Blackpool every year inside and out, we generally have two Christmas trees outside, 2 inside and lights in every room and walls outside.... so what had my vision been for this quilt.... yes a FLASHING lit up Christmas tree. I researched conductive thread, problems for me is that it couldn't realistically be quilted over without breaking the electric circuit, if I used it as a top thread you'd see it and the leds and the connectors (not pretty) I wanted to be able to wash the quilt so that meant a no no to a special conductive electric pen you can buy (it's washable lol), needed to be bendy so we could snuggle, didn't want it to be mains electric so I had to work out how batteries would work. I looked on every search engine for a quilt with proper amount of lights and still can say I haven't found one. However, having a techie brother and husband does help at times but ultimately I had the idea and bought the lights, they just said it would work and helped me with the battery pack.
Then I had to hand sew all of the bunting on....not an easy task, making sure the leds were the right way up and then all the normal hand sewing of binding. I made a little battery pocket which uses 2 9V square batteries and the infared remote control means I can turn it on and off/flash/solid/different colours at the touch of a button. There are no visible wires inside or out !!! how bloody cool is that, I am so thrilled with this quilt you cannot believe.
I've had massive problems getting a decent picture and it'll have to wait until we have a dry day but I asked DH to help me and so he climbed upto the roof and we took some in what will be fairly soon bedrooms but is currently a building site :)
|Backing all folded up and tossed on a plasterboard hoist that will be my frame space, just under the window :)|
|Hanging from the rafters|
|In the sunlight in what'll be the bathroom lol|
It finishes at 88" by 62" and will light up my settee for many a Christmas to come :)
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