Welcome to the final day of our Country Charmer QAL...a quiltalong that promised to be an easy peasy, no pressure, do it at your own speed QAL.
Then along came Sue from Quilt Times who designed our very own CCQAL button that you see at the top of the post. Thank you, Miss Sue!
Many of you have joined us for our monthly updates since then to share your progress. Lynn was with us every step of the way, sharing her tips and expertise, holding our hands as we took baby steps at first, and then put all our pedals to the metals. This year we've seen many beautiful blocks, quilt tops, and finished quilts. Our first linky at the end of January set the bar pretty high. For a quick trip down memory lane to our first Linky, click HERE.
Today is our final CC link up, the day of our CC parade. It is your last chance to share with Lynn and I the pictures of your CC quilts, tops, or blocks. Mr. Linky is set up below for you to link up your blog post to show us your CC. If you don't have a blog, you can share your quilt with us by emailing a jpg to Lynn or myself and we will post it on our blogs. You can also post your CC directly on our Flickr page HERE.
Lynn has already sent along a picture to me of Jean's CC quilt and will post it on her blog as well. Jean lives in Livermore, CA and is a regular customer at In Between Stitches, the shop where Lynn works and where her patterns are available. As you can see, Jean's work is exquisite.
Her fabric choices are wonderful and I have fallen in love with her floral border. At a quick glance, the borders appeared to be appliqued, but it is actually a wonderful floral fabric. It takes Jean's quilt up to another level. Congrats on a beautiful finish, Jean!
I want to share another pic of my finished CC quilt. If you recall, Miss Lynn herself did the fabulous quilting on my quilt. She has such a talent for design, fabric selection, and machine quilting. I consider myself very fortunate to have a quilt in my home that has been quilted by Lynn. You can see all kinds of pictures of my finished quilt HERE and HERE but here are a couple more. I wrapped myself up in CC and Woodworker Hubby took the pics on a very cold winter morning. Is this not a cuddle quilt?
Since today is so special, I am having a giveaway! Leave a comment below before Wednesday, December 4 at 9:00 pm EST and you will qualify to win a prize of a $20 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.
Also, if you link up today with a CC update, or email your CC quilt picture to me, please email me with your full name and mailing address and I will send you a little something to thank you for joining us this year.
Huge thanks and hugs to Lynn...her participation with her
Before I go, I want to show you another one of Lynn's designs that I just finished this week...my Nostalgic Christmas quilt. I changed the size of the blocks just a tad, so my finished quilt is about 60" x 60". The quilting was done by Ange at Quilting on the Mira. Just ask me if I love it?
One more "before I go" update. After trying to heal my recently acquired tendonitis (tennis elbow) on my own, and having no luck, increasing pain and increasing lack of mobility, I have decided to bite the bullet and stop doing what is making it worse under the advice of my massage therapist.
Starting yesterday, I have begun ice treatments and am doing stretching exercises three times a day and am committed to no more quilting, sewing, rotary cutting, or iPadding until my arm improves. I am typing this with my left pointing finger and it is very slow and frustrating. Now that the CC parade is on the go, I will be taking a holiday from blogland until I have healed sufficiently to return to quilting and blogging. I will still read all your blogs ( I can still read!) and I will continue to be inspired, but will refrain from commenting 'cause it is just too difficult and painful to reply. (Apparently, if I had a newer iPad, I could talk into it and the iPad would do the typing!). I will reply to any comments left on this post...it just may take longer than usual.
I will update this post with the name of the giveaway winner next week and will email the winner to let them know.
So, my friends, have a wonderful Christmas and I hope to see you in the New Year. It's always a great day for quilting somewhere!