But before I start my Fabulous Friday, I want to share a finish...my Friendship Garden quilt, all finished and hanging in my living room.
This little quilt means so much to me...it is a reminder of the Great Girlfriends Alaskan Cruise Getaway last August hosted by Pam of Heartspun Quilts and Lynne of Kansas Troubles Quilts. Woodworker Hubby was my cruise travelling companion and graciously walked the ship without complaint while I stitched along with my new friends and quilting companions. The design is a joint venture by both Pam and Lynne and has everything a little quilt likes...piecing, wool, applique, hexies, buttons, rickrack and a variety of hand quilting styles. Every time I look at it, I will remember the summer of the cruise, glaciers, new friends, family, fabric, and so much more!
My Barbara Brachman's Grandmothers Choice BOW is now caught up 'till tomorrow. The blocks are posted every Saturday, so I finished the last two this week. I'm going to use a variety of colors throughout to give it that scappy, oldtime feel...hope I don't regret it!
Block 8 is Rocky Road to Kansas-1912, very similar to a previous block we did. The designer suggested strip piecing, but I found what I think is a perfect striped fabric so here is my finished block...please pretend it is pieced...
And all together, the 9 blocks, in no particular order...
The blocks are 8" so I definitely have a good start to a full sized quilt that just may, a year from now, be the quilt on our bed.
And for my finale, I am making a Santa quilt of my own design, but very heavily inspired by the Wish quilt, designed by Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly. Bronwyn is an amazing designer who is offering a free pattern for the gorgeous Wish quilt available for download by clicking here. I learned all about this quilt through my friend Kaaren at The Painted Quilt. She has recently finished this quilt with a few adaptions and is anxiously awaiting her quilt to be returned by the longarmer. You can see Kaaren's fabulous version and even get a sneak peek of the awesome quilting by visiting her blog.
Since I adore Santas, I wanted to make my "cuddle" version using just redwork Santas on a cream background with a variety of cream and red HSTs to form patterns as needed. I found five Santa patterns of various sizes, some free, some purchased, and even one Santa is a "tester" for a friend. I stitched them all with Aurifil and now it's time to put them all together.
Here is my first few steps for the top row...some flying geese and a Santa I loved stitching. Do you recognize the Santa from The Painted Quilt First Friday Freebie (FFF) from November '09?
I then added my second Santa. He is a darling little Santa from the Wishes quilt. The free pattern and the list for materials and supplies for Bronwyn's quilt is here.
The Santa on the left is the test pattern I did for Kaaren, the Santa in the middle was purchased from Bird Brain Designs, and the Santa on the right is a free design by Bird Brain.
I will need definitely need more and more of these...
Before I head to the rink, I just want to send a huge virtual hug and thank you to a couple of blog friends that know me soooo very well! I received this pattern, "Santa Quartet", the other day from my friend Sue who blogs at Chickadees Country Cottage Crafts. I adore this pattern...I had seen the pattern but just couldn't figure out how I could do it before Christmas. So the perfect answer arrived in the mail from Sue...I now have the pattern in my hot little hands and Sue and I will do this together next year so it will be ready to use by next Christmas. I will be thinking Christmas all year long as we stitch along in our separate corners of Canada. Thanks so much Sue, will touch base in the new year!
And to top off my wonderful week, blog friend and fellow Nova Scotian, Linda, who blogs at Scrapmaster, sent me some yummy Christmas polka dot fabric...
This fabric will be perfect for some of my other Christmas projects waiting for me in my sewing corner. Thank you, Linda, you are a sweetie, and Happy Birthday to you, just a day late!
OK, I am now leaving for the rink...whew, I had a lot to say.