My September 2021 One Monthly Goal was to make a throw-size Christmas North Stars quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon. When I visited California in July, I showed her the pattern, and she chose the muskox, the foxes, the reindeer, and the bear but requested it be a brown bear instead. We decided to use a muted Christmas palette of some dark and olive green, red with a tinge of brown, cream/brown, gold, and taupe/grey.
Below is my initial fabric pull that included fabrics from Tim Holtz’ Christmastime collection that captured that palette perfectly (I especially love the Christmas Carol fabric that I used in all four blocks), supplemented with several Essex Linen fabrics, and some fabrics from my stash. Moments after I snapped the photo I added additional fabrics from my stash, and there are several fabrics in the photo that I didn’t use. My favorite add-on fabric is the cardinal fabric that I fussy cut for flying geese units in the bear and foxes blocks. My background fabric is Essex Homespun Silver and the sashing fabric which is subtly different than the quilt background is Essex Homespun Charcoal. I love the texture of these fabrics, but they definitely fray easily.
Here are close-ups of all the blocks in the order I made them:
I sent the quilt top and some grey minky fabric off to Jessica who has quilted a couple other projects for me. She is on Instagram as @sugarmillquilts. It arrived safely yesterday, and I can’t wait for her to work her magic on this project.
I’ve started to read some posts about binding quilts that have a minky backing. I’m wondering if you all have any tips for me? Have you sewed the binding on both sides with your sewing machine (which is what I’ve been doing lately) or have you had more success with hand-stitching the binding on the minky side? It does seem that a wider binding would work better than a narrow binding.
Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: September 2021 OMG Finishes.