2011 Christmas Quilts

Posted Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 in Christmas gift | Read More

The tree is down, the Christmas dishes are back in the cupboard, and the Christmas quilts are with their new owners. I started making Jeff and Christina’s quilt in November. I used a “Recently Arrived in London” jelly roll, 3 matching charm packs, and over 5 yards of background fabric using the Jacob’s Ladder block pattern. I was inspired by a quilt at the Moda Bakeshop. To make the quilt large enough, I had to make it considerably larger than the pattern. I eventually changed the placement of the blocks for an entirely different final design. I finished the quilt top in December. I put it aside to begin a quilt for Jennifer and Tristan.

Jeff and Christina’s 2011 Christmas Quilt

Jennifer and Tristan wanted a quilt they could use with the same colors as the Double Wedding Ring I had made for their wedding quilt. I had purchased extra fabric when I bought the fabrics for the DWR but I didn’t have enough to make an entire quilt. I took the brown and teal fabrics that I had left over from the DWR and went to Fabric and Friends in Roanoke , Indiana. Kent Mick helped me pick a few more fabrics and background fabric. I needed border fabric and fabric to make the teal half square triangles. I used the same block pattern as Jeff and Christina’s quilt but with a different setting.

Jennifer and Tristan’s 2011 Christmas quilt

By this time, it was getting close to Christmas. I did have some extra time because we were planning to have our Christmas celebration on December 29. I wanted to be finished with both quilts before the 25th so I could enjoy other preparations for the holiday. After working furiously for several days,  I had the second quilt top ready for quilting.

I loaded Jeff and Christina’s quilt on the frame on December 20th and quilted it.  On December 21 I loaded the second quilt on the frame and quilted it the next day. The final stitch was put in the last quilt on December 24!

Now, on to my next quilt. It is a baby quilt for our first grandson who will be born in March.

BTW, the quilt holders are Tristan on the left and Jeff on the right.

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Online Birthday Block Exchange-2010

Posted Friday, October 22nd, 2010 in Quilt Blocks, Quilting | Read More

This year I have been in  birthday block exchanges on two online quilting forums. The exchange at the Garden Web Quilting Forum has 13 members and we each receive 12 blocks on our birthdays. I have requested the same block from both forums so that I will have enough blocks to make a quilt. The other forum is called “The Other Room” and has eight members in the exchange.

These blocks are from the group called “Carolina Lilies” at the GW Quilting Forum. I received two blocks from one of the members but only show one in this picture.  It is a beautiful block and will definitely be used when I put the blocks from both forums together.

The blocks are on my design wall and I will rearrange  them when I receive the rest of the blocks.

The little yellow squares that you see on each block is a post-it with the name of the person who made the block.

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