11/29/14

Slow Stitching a Finish: Peppermint Star

It's a finish today for my Slow Stitching Sunday.



My Peppermint Star table topper is all finished now. Here's the top:


Isn't this peppermint stripe binding fun?


Here's how it looks from the back:


With that little swirly pinwheel in the center, it looks kind of like a Christmas package with a ribbon, doesn't it?


I have to say I'm pretty darned proud of my holly leaf vine in the border.


Way back in November of 2011 (almost exactly three years ago), I wanted to do a similar motif in the sashing of this Christmas table runner I made as a gift for a pseudo family member:


As I was searching for that image, I was reading old blog posts in which I was trying to work up the courage to do the holly leaf design. In the end, I lacked the confidence, and this being a gift, I resorted to straight line quilting to avoid messing it up. Fast forward three years, and I'm quilting holly leaves with the big boys. Yay me!

And now my table topper is looking so pretty on my holiday table along with my holiday centerpiece!



Slow but sure, Christmas is moving in at the Three Cats Ranch.

Next up, I'm going to do the quilting on the Oh Christmas Tree wall hanging. I have some ideas about what to do, but I don't expect to finish it for a couple of days. Then, I'll get back to the Gardener's Journal quilt.

How's your slow Sunday going?

19 comments from clever and witty friends:

quiltzyx said...

Love love love that peppermint stripe binding AND the holly leaf quilting! What a great way to start your holiday decorating. :D

Celtic Thistle said...

Your holly leaf quilting is just the bees knees Barbara!

treadlemusic said...

Such a perfect title for a perfectly charming topper! So simple but so wonderful for the season. All the ingredients came together.....that striped binding and holly stitching completes it!!!! It's so much fun to look back at some of the projects done and truly realize how much progress/skill has been acquired!!!! Yay, you!!!!!!!!

Carol said...

I love the peppermint binding and your quilting looks great...sweet table topper!

Dana Gaffney said...

Beautiful job on the quilting, it's great to look back and see how far you've come, isn't it? I love that stripe for binding, it always adds such a fun look.

Judy1522 said...

Your table topper is beautiful and the striped binding on it is perfect.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It's just perfect! :)

kc said...

AbSEWlutely PURRRRfect! Love the holly and love the stripe!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Very cute--and the perfect binding!

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow love it!

Kate said...

The striped binding is perfect!

Janarama said...

Such a beautiful table topper for the Christmas season! Love your FMQing and your choice of binding is perfect.

Quilter Kathy said...

It's so beautiful on your table... all ready for the Christmas season. That striped binding is awesome... love it!

CathieJ said...

That peppermint stripe binding is perfect. I really love this topper it is so pretty. Your quilting is beautiful. Congrats on conquering your fears and mastering that Holly quilting.

The Cozy Quilter said...

That binding looks great...just like a candy cane! Nice table topper too...I need to get moving on my decorating!

Brown Family said...

Beautiful! Love the binding and the quilting!

Michele said...

It looks great. Congrats on the finish and I love the peppermint binding.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I to love the peppermint binding...but also the classic style of your wallhanging!! Perfect project to rejuvinate under our CHrismtas Wallhanging theme this week at TUesday Archives.

Lara B. said...

Like everyone, I love the peppermint binding Barbara! The colors in your quilt are wonderful - the perfect reds and greens. I love the table runner too!