I finished my Festive Mystery Christmas quilt in lots of time for the holidays. I had it pieced awhile back and recently received it back from the longarmer.
The quilt was designed by Quilt Sue of Quilt Times . I made it as part of her Christmas Quiltalong. (See the button on my sidebar). The exquisite quilting was done by Angie from Quilting on the Mira quilt shop and is just the special touch the quilt needed!
A group of us from across the globe started the 6-part mystery quiltalong in February, meeting once a month in blogland. The QAL was created by Sue and hosted by a variety of wonderful quilter friends along the way. We meet on the second Saturday of the month, working along on our mystery quilt or any other Christmas-related projects. Our next QAL day will be November 10 so I'll be ready to work on another Christmas project. It's never too late to join us. The instructions for the Festive quilt are at the top of my blog so I hope you decide to make one. It's about 40 x 60...a perfect sized quilt to cuddle up in, to put at the foot of your bed, or to throw across a chair to make your home cozy and Christmasy!
I also finished my "Spare Change" quilt. This little quilt, about 32 x 35, is designed by Lynne Hagmeier using Holiday Medley fabrics from her Kansas Troubles line. This was one of three quilt projects that were offered by instructors Lynne of Kansas Troubles and Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts on the quilting cruise I joined in August.
Love these fabrics! Lynne taught us her raw edge applique technique and even brought along a special ruler for us that she designed for use with this pattern!
I always like to use my stash fabrics for the backing and think this works alright!
And of course, my little label! I'm running out of them so will have to place another order with "Mommie Made It", my "go-to" girl for custom made labels.
I decided to run outside and take a few more pictures with the iPad as the sun was going down...same quilt, but the colours sure changed when I changed the direction of the camera. You can see that Fall has arrived in our backyard!
I have several more Christmas projects in the wings...I'll be sure to keep you posted!
What's up in blogland? Yes, Madame Samm's Wicked Blog Hop is finally ready to be unwrapped.
It all starts tomorrow and Wicked host Wendy is so ready to try to keep all the witches and goblins in line. For the complete schedule, visit her at Why-Not-Kwilt.
This month I have been following Norma at Petit Design Co. to learn more about machine quilting.
I'm not ready for free motion yet, so instead, I have been thoroughly enjoying Norma's design ideas and helpful hints. I didn't know that there was so much that could be done using a straight stitch. Even circles...she makes it look so easy! Click on the Walking Foot button on the sidebar and you'll be taken to Day One of Walking Foot Quilting. But then be sure to keep clicking to see the whole series to date.
Thanks for coming by! Off to relax in front of the TV and put on a few labels.
It's a great day for quilting!