The straight line quilting seemed to be just what it needed and took so little time, I wondered why I had been putting it off! Which brings me to a recent finish. This is a pattern I found on the Freespirit site called Tula Pink's The Stars Align. I love the way the bright fabrics play with each other...in some stars there is a lot of contrast, and in some stars the contrast is minimal.
Once I get it quilted, the stars will pop out from the backgrounds. The blocks finish at 12" so the 3' x4' size will be a great small lap quilt or a large baby quilt/playmat. I may get to the quilting in the next few weeks once my Christmas crafting has been finished.
My sewing room has been a little busy with projects for our grandsons. One grandson has transitioned to a twin sized "big boy bed". Presently, his favorite colour is red and he loves playing "soccerball" with his mom and dad, so I decided to make a red quilt with a white soccerball fabric running through it.
I used the string piecing method to make the blocks, using a variety of red fabrics with the soccerball fabric and sewed the "strings" onto foundation paper. I actually used parchment paper that I bought at a dollar store for the foundations. By all accounts, he is pretty happy with his new quilt.
His mom asked if I could make some Christmas pajama bags for the boys, so I loaded up my sewing room with Christmas fabrics to make some drawstring bags. I found a few patterns online, and of course made lots of changes.
I used a paper pieced alphabet from the book Quilt Talk by Sam Hunter to make the names. The size of the letters dictated the size of the bags, so I told my DD that Santa may have to add a few extra items to make sure the bags are filled!
Our quilt guild is making and filling Christmas stockings to give to residents of local nursing homes who may have to spend Christmas alone. I bought a quilt-as-you-go stocking kit and used the pattern to make a few more.
Another Christmas project I finished recently is a lap quilt made from a Red Truck Collage Panel by Springs. I fell in love with the panel when I saw it, sandwiched it, used a snowflake flannel on the back, and quilted it in an all over meandering design. Yes, I used to call this a cheater quilt, but I am so glad I made it. I have already used it many times to keep warm in my quilting chair while I watch Christmas movies enjoying my morning coffee.
In between my Christmas projects, I have started another Quilt of Valour. The Canadian Quilters Association is partnering with Quilts of Valour-Canada to promote making log cabin blocks and/or quilts using red and cream fabrics with a yellow centre to represent a light in the window to welcome our members home. You can read more about it HERE.
I have made a few more blocks since I took the pictures and now have 24 blocks made. I'll make another 24 blocks and hope to have the finished quilt ready in the new year to send along to our NS rep.
I have a few more projects on the go but because they are secretive in nature, I can't show them here!
Well, after a lot of thought, I have decided to discontinue my blog, The Cuddle Quilter. In addition to being busier with other things, I am also very concerned about what I am reading in my blogger stats. Blogger tells me that I have several traffic sources for my blog but I can see that about half of them are totally unrelated to sewing or quilting and actually look like they may be a bit unsavory, if you get my drift. The same goes for my audience, with the top countries not known to have quilting communities and my email distribution list is again filled with hundreds of questionable email links. So, I think it is time to say goodbye to The Cuddle Quilter blog. My domain name expires in the new year, so my advice to you is to remove yourself from following my blog now, as who knows what will happen to the domain name in the future. (A few years ago, a blog I had been following was suddenly changed in content to a catalogue business from a different country and the only way I could stop receiving this in my feed was to remove the original blog from my list of blogs that I was following. Lesson learned!)
So to all my loyal readers, supporters, blog friends, and fellow quilters, thank you, thank you, thank you! It has been a great experience and I have met some exceptional people in blog land, both in real life, and virtually! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and remember, it is always a great day for quilting!