A Little Bit more of Christmas

I know you're probably all kind of 'over' Christmas....but... thought I'd share this quilted wall hanging I made for myself over Christmas. It was a panel left over from another project. I thought I'd make it into a simple wall hanging to brighten up the kitchen at Christmas as it matches the bunting and table runner for the same room.

Thing is I wanted to quilt it in silver thread. I have sewn with silver metallic thread before but a long time ago and not quilting. I remembered it was tricky to do.

My lovely Bernina  770QE equipped with a metallic needle made easy work of the straight line quilting that I did to outline the pictures.

But I really wanted to swirls in the body of the snowman so he looked separated from the snow around him.  Even with the Bernina Stitch regulator, I struggled to start with with the swirls.  I followed to guidance in the manual to go slow and reduce the top tension.  It still struggled.  However I managed to get a helpful piece of advice from a facebook group I belong to for Bernina 7 series owners.  Hooray! It worked.  I had to reduce the tension to practically zero, then the metallic thread behaved itself.  

Swirls have to be my least favourite shape to make but I'm still pleased I did them, even though they are not perfect, as they represent the snowballs well!

What a happy snowman!  Didn't want to take him down from the wall!