I've sure had a good time this week working with the Holiday Happenings line!
It's a fun mix of traditional Christmas colors and outdoorsy prints. The second border I made from the fat quarter of an animal print. So perfect for anyone who likes the outdoors - bears, rams, fish bears, elk...all on a lovely tonal green, red, purple, gold background. Absolutely beautiful! I added a pretty neutral print with swirls on pine needles for the cornerstones. For the third border I did a narrow gold strip. Then I was ready for the final pieced border.
When I started I wasn't sure whether I was going to go with the red triangles pointing out or in. I liked them turned out the best. Then I fussy cut four more of those great reindeer for the corners. Here is where one of my favorite things about batiks came in really handy! All the reindeer were leaping in the same direction on the fabric, but I could use the reverse side with no problem so that I could have them leaping in toward the center on both sides of the quilt.
At this point I felt that my quilt was complete so layered in and quilted it - I decided to use an overall swirl and hook design with red thread. I was really happy with the results. My June challenge had so much detailed quilting that it was really fun to make a quilt with an overall design - and it was quick!
The swirly design really goes well with the swirls in the background of the reindeer fabric! I finished it up with a binding in the swirly pine needle fabric. As always, it's a pleasure to work with the beautiful fabrics that Island Batik provides me as an Island Batik Ambassador! It really is an honor to work with their company and I appreciate their generosity in providing me with such delightful material to sew with.