Before I joined the Christmas party this weekend, though, I had promised myself I would finish sewing the braided border for Darlene's Mystery quilt...so this morning that is what I did. Once the braids were the correct length, I folded the strips in half lengthwise, lined up the tips to the same height, and removed the tips, cutting 2 3/4" from the centre fold. It seemed to work pretty well for me resulting a 5.5" border.
I sewed the borders on very carefully trying not to stretch them and making sure the braids travelled the correct way around the quilt.
Then I took a picture of the finished quilt top on a very damp and "leafy" deck under a very damp and dark sky...
Darlene's Mystery Quilt is a finish...yay me! Yay Darlene, who blogs at Quilts by Darlene. She offered this free QAL, starting in January. Every new "reveal" inspired me to push the envelope further. All those interesting borders resulted in a beautiful, large quilt that I love! It is about 88" x 98". The best things is that I made it using only scraps and fabrics from my stash. Now, I'm taking a deep breath, am crossing this UFO off my list, and I'm ready to "Sew Christmas!"
Hazel and Joanne at Needle, Thread, Happiness take turns hosting the Christmas QAL and this month we're at Hazel's. I heard a rumour about biscuits being served, but I haven't seen any evidence yet! Some people are making the challenge quilt, but I'm choosing to sew along on my Christmas UFO's. Last time I made some progress on my Christmas dresdens, so off I went to my sewing corner, pulled out my tote, opened the cover and had a peek at the finished plates and some extra fabric.
Ooh, I love Christmas...these fabrics are just the thing to sew with on a dreary, dark, day. I had cut all my fan pieces way back when, so it's a perfect project to grab and start sewing.
I spread out some piles and I'm set to go...
I'm linking up with the gals HERE so make sure you visit them for some inspiration and link up too if you're working on a Christmas project sometime this weekend.
Before I go, if you don't know already, I am also hosting a giveaway for the Canadian online and brick and mortar shop, Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. It's a perfect way to promote and celebrate their huge birthday sale that is being held on September 17. You can read all about the giveaway and the sale by visiting my previous post HERE .If you want to be entered in the draw, make sure you leave your comment on that particular post.
It's a great day for sewing and you know where I'll be!