"Believe" is the theme of our Christmas celebration this year... since we have a 10 year old in the house now!
I just finished this table topper yesterday. I bought the pattern earlier this year and decided to use fabric I had on hand. Some of the fabric was not great quality so there is a bit of a curve in the overall shape - that was disappointing but overall I am happy with it. I like doing applique with fusible webbing and using the blanket stitch on my machine. Piecing was a little trickier than I anticipated and therefore the edges of the quilt were crooked. I used gold-coloured thread for the applique and quilting and I like the look of that. I found some tartan fabric the other day at my local quilt shop, buying it without a project in mind, but it was a perfect match to this fabric so I used it for the backing and binding.
I started this log cabin quilt last year and I learned a lot from this particular project.
1. Always plan fabric selection to fit the pattern. I bought this set of fabric on a whim and was just itching to use it on something simple... once I got into it though, I noticed that I didn't plan enough contrast but I wasn't going to stop. Ha!
2. Use CONTRASTING fabric! I like all of the patterns but once they are together, they get lost.
3. Make a quilt that has a useful size. This quilt is too small to be a throw but has a weird size for a table-topper. It covers an old dresser right now.
One good thing is that I finished it. Even when I didn't like it, I kept going.