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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Festival of Trees

By Audrey Easter
This is the one and only Christmas quilt I've ever done. The pattern is 'Festival of Trees' by Barbara Brackman and Karla Menaugh. I of course, had to add on an additional border because I don't ever think any quilt is quite large enough for my purposes. I wanted to quilt in a very simple design that wouldn't detract from the applique and so ended up going with the baptist fan pattern. Totally going out on a limb, I decided to quilt it free hand and ditch the marking pens/pencils. Once I got approximately a third of the top quilted (starting from the bottom right hand corner and working up) I started panicking because I thought it looked Terrible. Horrible. Then I stepped back from the controlling part of my brain matter and took a second and third look which helped tremendously. I forged ahead and as I added more and more quilting, I actually started becoming quite excited by how it looked. This quilt was a real lesson in learning to trust my instincts and being brave with free hand quilting. I'm sure I'll be doing more of it in my future.:)


  1. It's gorgeous Audrey! I love that you've used the free form fan, it's what I was planning for my latest quilt and I think it looks fabulous.

  2. that is a very cute pattern.

  3. I love the quilt! I have done baptist fan without marking on a couple small tumbler quilts and I love it. It is great not to have to mark the quilt all the time.

  4. This is so gorgeous! It is one that I have been wanting to do and now you've inspired me to get my book out again and get at it! Love the border you've added to yours!

  5. Gorgeous! You did a beautiful job on this quilt. I LOVE the quilting! I bought a BOM quilt kit of this pattern, but have been a little stymied about starting it. The shop I bought it from suggested raw edge machine applique, but I have always preferred needleturn. Could you tell me which technique you used for your applique? It looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanx everyone for the wonderful compliments! Kate-I used needleturn applique for this quilt. I tend to round the corners of the stars a little when I use this method but this method is my absolute fave so I use it a lot.:)


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