Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Wishes

On this blessed Christmas week, may you and your family celebrate the most treasured of moments. Enjoy the last minute preparations, the gathering of family, praying together as you join hands in worship, the laughter, the excitement and abundant love of this holiday season.

Friday, December 18, 2009

More Grandchildren Quilts

I've been so busy working on Christmas gifts I haven't taken the time to add to my blog. Here is another of our Grandmother/Great Grandmother creations (the quilt, not the little darling in front -- although, I guess we had a part in that too!). My talented mother embroidered the squares and I put them together in the quilt. It's so much fun to work on projects together. And, it's so nice to make something that can be cherished in the future.

Always remember to add labels to your quilts. We forget details so quickly and as quilts are passed on, the stories are lost.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Quilts for the grandchildren

My mother embroiders but doesn't quilt. We decided to put our varied skills to work and make quilts for our Grandchildren/Great Grandchildren. The blue centers of the freedom log cabin blocks in this quilt were embroidered by my mom. They certainly added interest to this project which will become an heirloom treasure for little Nicholas.

Not all Christmas gifts are made of Christmas fabrics (as much as we love that wonderful red and green).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas gifts

I can't really show this year's Christmas gifts. There may be one for you. These are baskets and purses I made for gifts last year. It was fun to depart from quiltmaking to try a different technique. The instructions for making these smart looking items came from Susan Brier's book "It's a Wrap", published by That Patchwork Place.

The baskets were made from Christmas scrap fabric, 1/2" - 3/4" strips. What a great way to use up fabric scraps! And what is too small to save?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tis the Season

It's a wonderful season and what would Christmas be without plenty of cookies. Cherries winking in the pan are brightening up our house. Time for cooking, time for decorating, time for finishing up those sewing projects, all before the house fills up and we share the magical moments of Christmas.

What is your favorite Christmas food?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Melodies

If your favorite colors are red and green, you love the bright combinations used in Christmas quilts. Since these are my favorites, I could easily decorate with the colors of Christmas all year long. In fact, I do have quite a collection of red and green quilts.

Add to that a favorite log cabin block, and it couldn't be sweeter. It could be a whole quilt, an eye-catching center or a fabulous border.

After shoveling snow all day, its time for thinking of my loved ones as I sew Christmas gifts. Enjoy the beauty of the day.

p.s. Don't forget to add your Christmas comments to be entered for the Holiday Melodies Pattern Give-away.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

T-shirt quilts

With a winter storm approaching, its a good time to spend the day working on Christmas gifts. I am busy with my first attempt at making a t-shirt quilt. I have the top of this one done and plan to quilt it to a fleece backing. Has anyone else tried this?

It seemed to work on a small sample, so I will soon find out.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Pattern Give-away

In the spirit of the season, I thought another give-away would be fun. This is my pattern "Holiday Melodies" and measures 55" x 67". It features a unique combination of blocks and a pieced border. Several neutral fabrics make the background sparkle, while rotary cutting make quick work of cutting. Over-sized pieces make it easy to trim blocks to the correct size. (You can click on the photo for a larger view.)

You may not have time to make it this year, but it's never to early to start on next year. To be entered in the give-away, please post a comment about your favorite Christmas idea between now and December 20.

If you would like to purchase this pattern, you may do so through my website for a Christmas special price of $5.00 Just say you saw it on my blog. (If you would happen to be the winner and already purchased the Holiday Melodies pattern, you could choose another of my patterns for your prize.)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Snail's Trail

After completing my Christmas Snail's Trail quilt top, I used the remaining Christmas fabrics for a colorful scrap backing. After all, there will be wonderful new fabrics available next year, and I will have new favorites to purchase and use for 2010 Christmas projects.

Half of the fun of making new quilts is sharing them with others. We are all inspired by new ideas. Check out Christmas favorites at a Virtual Christmas Quilt Show

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Snail's Trail

Scrap quilts must be my passion, as I see my use of multiple fabrics has spread into my Christmas quilts was well.

The snail's trail pattern is an easy design to try. It looks festive when we combine several Christmas prints on a white background. As you can see on the detail, it is composed of four recognizable parts, a four patch surrounded by triangles, two larger half square triangle blocks and a solid block.

Enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit as you work on holiday projects.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Trail

With Thanksgiving past and our tummies full of turkey, we turn our thoughts to the next big holiday. Certainly, you must have been hiding under a rock not to have been surrounded by Christmas advertising. Isn't it magnificent that we, as quilters, can see beyond the common, commercial offerings. We want to invest our time and talents into making a gift that truly comes from our heart.

Whether you choose the most beautiful reds and greens or match a home's decor, your gift will be filled with the true Christmas spirit.

In the next few weeks, I will be blogging about gifts that I am making or have made for my loved ones. May they charge your creativity!
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