It's the second Saturday of the month and you know what that means! It means that Quilt Sue at Quilt Times is hosting another glorious quilt day dedicated to all things Christmas. Make sure you visit her today and link up with Quilt Sue's blog if you are participating. All you have to do is work on something with a Christmas theme and you're good to go!
Since the QAL started in February, many of us chose to make the 6-part Festive Mystery quilt designed by Sue, a free pattern now available at the top of this page. I finished mine last month and you can read all about it here. But of course, I just have to show it to you one more time, and maybe once more closer to Christmas.
Since today is all about Christmas, I have lots of projects to work on in my sewing corner. But before I start today's projects, I want to share with you some of the Christmas items I have been working on.
I finished piecing my Santa quilt this week, appropriately called my "Five Santas" quilt!
I'm not going to rush the quilting, because I want to sit in my quilting chair and listen to Christmas music while I quilt it...so perhaps I'll start quilting in a couple of weeks. If I start listening to the Christmas music too early, I actually get tired of it. If you know me, you'll find that hard to believe but it is true!
Here are a few close-ups of the Santas. The great news is that four of the five stitchery patterns are available free of charge! To find the sources, just read my post about the quilt dated October 21.
Of course I don't just work on one project at a time! I found another free pattern at Connecting Threads and decided to make this quilt to put in my table frame. The Holiday Time Embroidered Mini Quilt pattern was calling my name and the Ready Set Snow charm packs in my stash were waiting to be pieced, so off I went.
And when the borders were ready, they were quickly sewn into a frame around the stitchery.
This little quilt definitely needs some quilting, so I plan to use a couple of rows of perle cotton in a couple of Christmas colors to frame the stitchery. And who knows...maybe add a button or two?
So what are my plans for today's QAL? I may do the quilting on Holiday Time, but also I have a couple of other projects I want to work on. Do you remember the paper pieced flimsy I received from Madame Samm in recognition of hosting the Think Christmas blog hop last July? I grabbed this picture of it from Madame Samm's Pinterest page where she posts all the pictures from all the hops...pages and pages of inspiration!
Well, I have been working on this recently. When I received it, I knew that I wanted to "embellish" it with just a couple of Santas to finish it off. So I found another free pattern for a pieced Santa face at Quilters Cache and pieced two Santas together using some fabrics that were close in color to the fabrics Madame Samm used for the hearts and the letters. I added a border and this is what I came up with...
Today I plan to start to machine quilt this using straight line stitching and some creative patterns I learned from Norma at Petite Design Co during her 31 Days of Walking Foot Quilting. And I love the fact that this Christmas quilt was made by both Madame Samm and little ole me...a joint venture celebrating Christmas! Thank you again, Madame Samm!
Make sure you check out Madame Samm's latest blog hop, U R Priceless, where you will see amazing little change purses created by quilters in every corner of the quilting community. Host Katherine at Sew Me Something Good has the complete schedule of participants. The hop continues 'till November 13. As of the time I wrote this post, there were 307 pictures of little coin purses on Madame Samm's Pinterest page, each one unique and very special!
So, enough said, I have work to do...
Thanks for coming by and have a great day at the Quiltalong. Thank you Quilt Sue, for rising to the challenge to host all of us Christmas enthusiasts today! It's a great day for quilting!