Quilted Christmas Banner

Here’s a quilted Christmas banner that I made six years ago for my husband to hang on his door at work.  It was a mercy project.  His co-worker at the time enthusiastically decorated for Christmas, but her idea of décor involved paper plates, yarn, pictures cut from old Christmas cards, and other Kindergarten-ish art.  I don’t like to speak unkindly of anyone, but my husband said it was embarrassing to have this on a professional’s door!

This is one of the few quilted projects – maybe the only one – I’ve made that is not my own design.  I wanted something easy and quick, and this fit the bill beautifully!

Christmas door quilt

It is a pre-cut, fusible applique from Dilys Fronks, who makes gorgeous wrought-iron applique quilts.  The concept is brilliant – black fabric, backed with fusible web, laser-cut to create the design!  All you have to do is peel off the paper backing, carefully place the intricate, cut-out shape onto another fabric, and press to fuse.  An instant quilt top!  I bought my applique at the Houston Quilt Festival, but found this particular design online: http://www.quiltingcreations.com/store/item.asp?Category=196&SubCategoryID=40&GroupID=&SKU=CDF5101

The backing fabric was a piece that was “aging” in my stash.  It was perfect for this, a beautiful turquoise/blue/purple/magenta batik with little orange stars scattered throughout.  To make my banner a little larger, I used a piece of backing fabric several inches larger all the way around than the pre-cut fabric, and added strips of my own fusible-backed black fabric to make the border.   Because I extended the lines on the curved top, it looks like the frame was part of the original design.  For the star, I slipped a piece of gold cotton/metallic lame under that section before fusing.

I honestly don’t remember what threads I used for quilting this, but I know it was quick and easy quilting!  Black binding completes the leaded glass look.

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