Welcome! It’s my turn on the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop. I’m so glad you stopped by to visit.
This hop has been a wonderful event full of cheerful, inspiring Christmas projects all thanks to the amazing Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt, and Santa’s favorite little helper, Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Without further ado, let me show you what I made.
The inspiration for my project came from a pattern booklet entitled, A Winter Wonderland of Quilts and Projects by Jason Yenter available at Winter Creek Cloth. The pattern in the booklet features some of the most stunning fabric by Yenter I have ever seen in a pixelated layout. (You must take a peek at his rendition.) I was immediately drawn to the stars within the wreath. Are they great or what???
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the recommended fabric on hand and I really wanted to make this project from fabric in my stash. Yenter’s fabric choices blended beautifully with the background and created a realistic evergreen wreath. As I started putting the pattern together with my own fabric selections, I realized my “greenery” was a little too harsh for Yenter’s pixelated pattern. I tried to soften the pattern with a few half square triangles here and there to give the wreath a more rounded appearance. Overall, I am very pleased with the effect, but as I am looking at the photo I can see that I need to reconstruct the bottom row with a couple of quarter square triangles to complete the rounded effect I am trying to achieve. (Seam ripper, here I come!) Regardless of the greenery, I still love the stars!
This wall hanging currently measures 43″ x 43″ square, but I am thinking of adding a corded border and an additional outer border once I find the perfect fabric. I’m really stumped on how I should quilt this beauty though and I’m hoping to get some ideas from you. And since, nothing in life is free (especially advice, it seems), how about a giveaway?
I recently purchased two fat quarter bundles of Holiday Bouquet from Intrepid Thread – one for me and one to share. Julie from Intrepid Thread has graciously permitted me to include a photo of this beautiful bundle from her website for your viewing pleasure. For a chance to win, leave a comment with your best suggestion on how I should quilt my holiday wreath wall hanging.
For a second entry, follow my blog and leave a comment telling me how you are keeping up with the happenings at Darlington Delights (bloglovin, twitter, wordpress, email). I will randomly select a winner on August 15. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit the other stops on the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop Today.