Turns out I was wrong about that—it's midnight—but I'm grateful for the self-imposed adrenaline rush to fuel me through the finish!
The idea for this project came from Karen at Laughter in Quilts who had made a lovely one using the Carpenter's Wheel block pattern on Quilter's Cache. Since my front hallway was desperately in need of something seasonal, I totally
I used some scraps of Christmas fabrics I'd bought at JoAnn last year, along with Kona Snow.
The backing is a vintage piece I thrifted this past summer. The batting is likewise thrifted. I'd found a craft-sized package of bamboo batting at Goodwill, and it worked perfectly. This is the first time I've used bamboo batting. Is that stuff ever soft! It quilted nicely, too.
I need to put up a decent rod in the hallway to hang this, and the hallway is pretty dark for pictures anyway, so I took it out on the front porch for a few shots. I couldn't be bothered to sweep the sidewalk first (I thought I was under the gun for time, remember), and besides, that's what Picasa's "Retouch" button is for. Virtual sweeping—no more debris, dead bugs, or whatever they were.
It's beginning to look a little more like Christmas around here. With any luck, I'll get the little tree re-strung with lights that actually work today. I hope your holiday is coming together nicely too!