Merry Christmas, habibis! I hope you’re having a very happy holiday if you celebrate (and if not, happy Thursday)!
For my goddaughter N’s Christmas present I thought I’d give her something religious. I was thinking I’d stop at the Catholic store in my parents’ town and then I remembered that I had bought a Nativity wall quilt kit years ago. I think I’d originally planned to make it for my parents but I never got around to it, and it’s been sitting in my stash for some time. I decided it would be perfect.
The kit consists of a panel featuring the Holy Family and the three Wise Men, in shades of blue and gold. It’s beautiful!
The back is a starry print.
I added this silver-edged ribbon to make loops for hanging.
I did all my quilting in gold thread. I tried to do some FMQ on it, more free-form than free motion I guess. I quilted around the halos on the Holy Family, but I didn’t trace in advance, so they aren’t perfect curves.
I quilted inside the Star of Bethlehem, from point to point, although you can’t really tell. I quilted around the blocks at the top and bottom of the panel. I quilted along the edges of the center panel piece. I had some bunching issues at the corners – the little finial kind of shapes – and I wanted to flatten them out as best I could, so I then went along the edges of the quilt in navy.
Can you see that in the above picture? It did help.
Here are full shots of the front and back:
It’s really cute, right? I wish it were less bunchy but that’s a chronic problem of mine, and it still looks great!