Do you have any favorite Christmas stories, books, films, cards, etc. that influence how you look upon the Christmas holiday? I loved watching the child's animated film of The Little Drummer Boy when I was very young. It has now influenced a second quilt in my life. I love the look of Christmas cards showing images like those of this painting by Giotto di Bondone called the Adoration of the Magi. So a few years ago, I created a quilt top using a paper pieced Bethlehem Star. I used fabrics which to me gave the same glow as these beautiful old paintings that many send out each year on their Christmas cards.
This quilt was one of two that I choose to complete before the end of the year. The top was waiting to be sandwiched and quilted for a number of holidays now. I am so happy to say that I just sewed the binding and label on the quilt this afternoon and it is now finished in time to enjoy with the upcoming holidays in December. I am really pleased with the results. I used some vintage trim I purchased in the Cotswolds in a haberdashery on the green border. By sewing this into the mitered corners, I was able to create a look of a frame around the patchwork stars.
I hand quilted this with gold metallic thread using larger quilt stitches so the thread is nicely visible. It is a 31 inch square quilt which will work well either on a table top or hanging on the wall.
Does anyone remember the story by O. Henry called Gift of the Magi? I want to leave you with a final quote from this beautiful story...
"The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi."