Christmas Sprouts – another quilt finish



Quilt Now issue 4 is finally out and that means I can now reveal the Christmas quilt I was working on back in July. What is more festive than Brussels Sprouts? And of course this quilt is in Basic Grey fabric. I forgot that in my post yesterday so it’s a double bill of Basic Grey finishes this weekend.

The quilting was done on my home machine as usual, and this time I did in in two colours on the top with Bottom Line in the bobbin. I chose to do a bit feather over the sprout blocks to make them look leafy and went with a more generic double swirl for the rest of it. I like this though, it looks a bit like fairy lights!


I chose to do a standard binding on this- as I did with the one I finished yesterday. I feel like I may be going back to my favourite facings type of binding soon, I tend to do a batch one way then change to the other. The backing is largely a piece of Shelburne Falls that I was going to use for some kind of dress making until I admitted I was never going to get round to it, so I’ve utilised it here, expanding it with bits plus full fat quarters I hadn’t used in the top in improv fashion. This range has a navy blue in it too but I didn’t have those fabrics, I think I used every white, red and green in the bundle though.


Size – 58″ square
Number of blocks – 9 x 12″.
Time to make– Probably 20+ hours- lots of tiny pieces
Fabric – 20 Fat Quarters from 25th and Pine by Basic Grey (who else?)
Backing Fabric – 25th and Pine from the leftovers plus a large red piece fr0m Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt.
Binding Fabric – More 25th and Pine leftovers
Threads – Off white Aurifil, Bottom Line in champagne, green Aurifil and a red Coats Moon for the rest of the quilting
Batting – 80/20 Soft and Elegant
Quilting- Double loop FMQ in red with feathers in green inside sprout blocks.

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