I had the pleasure this year of taking a Christmas in July virtual retreat held by Watergirl Quilt Co. and Dragon's Heart Quilt Shop It took place over a day and half on Zoom. Lots of fun and interesting things were learned including how to make a gift bag, a quilted post card and the highlight - a Christmas lap quilt. There was even a yoga instructor to guide us through some gentle stretches to relieve some kinks from our tired sewing bodies.
Prior to the workshop, I asked Katie (@lethargiclass) at Watergirl Quilt Co. to choose some fabric that would work for this quilt. As usual, Katie's keen color sense and fabric design coordination came through for me. As I couldn't shop personally, I was happy to have Katie make the selection.
At the retreat, the quilt instruction was led by Susan Madu of Modern Blended Quilts. We had a special preview of her pattern, Simply Modern Christmas, which was to be released shortly after our workshop. The pattern uses the Corner Pop III ruler and it makes a delightful Christmas tree in each block. I'll be using this method in another special project I have in mind.
Once the quilt was pieced, I quilted it using random criss crossing lines. The walking foot on my domestic machine handled that job. I bound it using solid red and it is backed in a lumberjack plaid cotton. A cozy piece for the cold winter to come.