Christmas Quilts-and a Free Motion Quilt Tip

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Today,  I am decorating the house with our collection of Christmas candles, figurines, Santas and snowmen.  I have several red and green small quilts that I use as a base for my collections.

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They add a bright “pop” of color…

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and protect the wood from scratches…

Christmas Decoration with Quilts

Some of the quilts are “free form” doodles…like the red one on top (below)

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while others start with a stencil:

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I liked this stencil, but I wanted a square quilt…and the stencil was not detailed enough for me…

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In the above quilt, I added feathers and a lot of filler to make the feathers stand out.  I also added my favorite–spirals– and lots of other tiny quilting–(you’ll notice no stippling—my brain does not do stippling!)

The next time you use a stencil–(you can find some great stencils at The Stencil Company)   make it your own and go beyond the stencil…(more on beyond the stencil in 2013)

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Time to run.  My house is a wreck of boxes, tissue paper and bubble wrap!

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and Work in Progress: Christmas Gifts