This Year’s First Christmas Quilt – New Quilters

This Year’s First Christmas Quilt

I got this nativity quilt panel years ago to practice my free motion machine quilting. I got stuck for a long time in “Stipple” mode, and this panel gave me some good practice in other styles of quilting, especially outlining shapes and making textures for wood, straw, stones, and other materials. Every now and then I would bring it out and quilt a few more sections. Now it’s finally finished! I’m still not a great machine quilter, but I’m definitely improving.

Here’s Baby Jesus, lying on his straw manger:

And one of the sheep hanging around the stable:

And the whole nativity scene:

One problem with quilt panels is that they aren’t usually very square. The distortion is often made worse by dense quilting. I had to leave this panel a bit off square when I bound it to keep the corner motifs from getting cut off. I hope the eventual recipient (not decided yet) doesn’t mind!

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Felicity Walker

Felicity Walker is the author of the best-selling Quilting for Beginners book series and other books for quilters. She has been quilting for nearly twenty years and loves finding easier, faster, and more fun ways to make quilts.


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