We have a tag team of delightful ladies who take turns hosting this QAL. The duo includes Hazel of Hazel's Quilts and Joanna who blogs at Needle, Thread, and Happiness. Today, Joanna will lead us along. Check out their blogs to learn more about it.
There is a very intriguing challenge for this QAL...to make a small Christmas quilt of your choice without using reds and greens! I already have a gazillion Christmas projects on the go, so I'm not going to take the challenge but I still get to link up. The gals say as long as we work on something Christmasy we can still join the party, so that is what I am doing. Thinking of joining us?
About a year ago I purchased the pattern you see below that was designed by Jan Patek. For someone who loves Santas like I do, this project was calling my name. Even the name of the pattern is cute..."Santa Claus Lane"...I wish I lived on Santa Claus Lane!
Then I found some fabrics I thought would work for the centre block, and started pressing and cutting.
Once I had my shapes ready, I fused them to the black print background and now I have a project ready to travel!
I will do blanket stitch by hand, using just a couple of strands of floss. I don't want the thread to overwhelm the design. I think Jan designed this quilt for needle-turn applique, but I know my limits and needle turn applique is not my forte! I do love a tiny blanket stitch, though, so I'm all set for awhile with lots to keep me company while travelling or in my quilting chair.
Are you working on a Christmas project this weekend? If so, don't forget to visit Joanna and link up, because we all love to see Christmasy projects!
It's a great day for quilting!