Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tree's Up! Lights On! top completed

What do you get from a bunch of red, green and white fat quarters , freezer paper and a pattern??? A Christmas project!!!
This was the beginning of a challenge for me! One of the hardest parts was to select 10 fat quarters of each color....some I did not think went well together at the beginning of the project but at the end, I was happy!!

First,after tracing the pattern on the freezer paper, it was ironed on to a red, white and green fat quarter. Cutting the 10 layers at one time was a first for me...I usually only do 3-4.  Then they were shuffled in stacks. I had never done a stack & wack project before, so that was new to me also.

The first ones I made were the white ones....I had taken a class at Wish Upon A Quilt (Raleigh, NC) and got 1 made the night of the class. The instructor was very good and patient. We went step by step together. I was happy with my block and when I left I hoped I would have the project finished before this Christmas!!!  Well, it was several weeks before I got back to the blocks (I had to finish the 2 quilts for the Church Harvest Sale).

                                                                                                                                                                       The red ones went along fast...I got them completed in an afternoon. There is a lot of pressing & trimming in each block.

When all the green ones were completed, then I had to find the smallest block to trim them all to the same size.

Here is a picture of the completed top. It's called Tree's Up,Lights On.  I cannot decide if I want to add a border ( I do, but do not know what I could do. I have a 4" X 22" strip off each fatquarter) I thought of adding a separator strip that would finish up as 1/2" but what color??? It is 57" X 73". I am going to machine quilt to shop for the backing tomorrow.  I'm open for suggestions.


  1. I love that quilt.
    I haven't got any suggestions for the separator strip sorry unless you use a narrow strip of very dark blue or black. That would make the quilt pop

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

  2. How about some gold tone on tone maybe with tiny stars or some dark with sparkly stars?

  3. What about a very dark blue for a narrow border. I love this pattern, it looks so great, so I'm off to google it now and see if I can find it.

  4. I like your trees. What a great block.


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