Sunday, November 9, 2014

Warm Winter Blessings and a Santa Quartet

Update: Congratulations to Renee G. She was the winner of the Warm Winter Blessings pattern and fabrics. Thanks to all of you for visiting!

If you follow my blog, you know I love Christmas and I especially love Santas. But last year, when I saw Lisa Bongean's pattern, Warm Winter Blessings, I knew I was going to be crossing over to the snowman side. How could I resist these wooly snowmen in their action poses? There was even more of an appeal to me when I realized the pattern called for a variety of fabrics for use as the dark blue backgrounds, and an assortment of creams and light blues for the sashing....a perfect stash buster!  So I made the leap and over the past year completed the appliqued snowmen by hand using the blanket stitch. This week, the snowmen were sewn together and my team is now ready for the big reveal...



When I was ready to start, I was very fortunate to be able to purchase some of the Snowman Gatherings fabrics and wool from Darlene's shop, A Needle Pulling Thread. Although her shop is about six hours away from me, she is a phone call away and is always so quick to put things in the mail for me!  I supplemented with fabrics and wool from my stash and am very pleased with the scrappy effect. Here's a closer look at each of the blocks. They each seem to have a personality of their own! 











My goal is to quilt it myself, but not by hand since my wrist issues continue to plague me. Instead I will use my trusty Pfaff and machine quilt some crosshatching in the sashing and use some echo and FMQ in the snowman blocks. As for the borders, I will see how I get along with the inside of the quilt first...fingers crossed.

And just to prove that my first love is still Santas, here is a picture of the Santa Quartet runner I finished recently. 



The pattern was gifted to me a very long time ago from my friend Sue who blogs at Chickadees Country Cottage Crafts. It took me awhile, but it sure is nice to call it a finish. Thanks, Sue, for helping me add to my Santa collection! 



I did echo quilting with this runner and will probably use the technique again with my snowmen. The Santa Quartet pattern is by Bird Brain Designs HERE.

Getting back to my snowmen, are you now inspired to make some? I had so much enjoyment making these snowmen I would like to share the experience with one of you! I will be having a Giveaway of my gently used Warm Winter Blessings pattern and this collection of left over scraps of blues and creams that may help get you started.

If you are interested in this giveaway, just leave a comment. The deadline for the draw is Friday, November 14 at 12:00 midnight EST.  I will get Mr. Random.org to help me draw the winner who will be notified by email the next day. 

Since I am quickly getting in the Christmas spirit, I hope you will join me and check out Madame Samm's Sew We Quilt Christmas blog hop called "Twas the Night". The hop runs from November 11-21 and will be hosted by the Marvelous Marlene at Stitchin by the Lake . She will be sure to keep the crafty quilters on track providing us with a fabulous hop that is sure to be full of Christmas Quilty Inspiration. Check the schedule out HERE

Good luck in the draw and remember, it's always a great day for quilting!


77 comments:

  1. Those snowmen are so cute. I would love a chance to make the pattern. I am looking forward to the hop too. I love to see some great ideas to make something great for Christmas.

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  2. This pattern is on my wish list, I've collected many of Lisa's fabric's. Your quilt came out fantastic, it's beautiful. I guess I'm a snowman lover too! Thanks for the generous opportunity to win. ;-> Toni Anne

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  3. I love your snowmen and your Santas. I like snowmen because I can keep them out for a long time after the Christmas stuff is put away. I admire you for getting into the Christmas spirit already! I'm not there yet, even though we got a little snow last night.

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  4. I would love to win your pattern and left over scraps. I was admiring this on Paulette's blog and was very tempted to start searching for it on the internet, but I restrained myself with the expensive holidays approaching. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  5. A perfect fabric line for the snowmen - and so you, too. I enlarged your photos so I could see them all in their cuteness. And your redwork Santas runner is very cute - will make for a lovely center piece for the Holidays.

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  6. Your snowmen are so cute!!! I would love to be able to make one, too.

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  7. Your snowmen are adorable. I have loved this pattern since I first saw it.

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  8. Your snowmen are adorable! Love the beautiful Santa runner, too!

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  9. I have loved the snowman pattern from the first time I saw it. I would so love to win it and some pretty scraps to play with! Thanks so much for a chance in your giveaway! Your scrappy snowmen are so cute!

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  10. Your snowmen look so cute! Great job, Lesley.
    Don't include me in the drawing--I actually have a kit for this quilt, and I made three of the blocks last year, but that is as far as I got (hanging head in shame).

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  11. I think I saw that pattern for the first time on Janet O's blog. I would love to to make those snowmen!!

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  12. What a lovely give-a-way. Even tho' it will be sunny BBQ weather for us for Christmas we still love our snowmen!

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  13. My sister loves snowmen the way you love santas. This woud be perfect to make for her

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  14. Oh what a great giveaway, thank you so much for it.
    Love the pattern and fabric choice you made.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  15. I am a snowman officianado. Those are so cute and what a great giveaway. I love how yours turned out. Love the santas too though.

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  16. Such a cute little quilt. So nice of you to share some leftovers.

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  17. Too precious, Lesley. Both the quilt and the table runner. My goodness, but you've been a busy girl. I've made my Christmas gifties, but nothing Christmassy. You put me to shame! Perhaps today I will pull out my festive fabrics and see if I get inspired.

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  18. Your snowman quilt is wonderful! Thanks so much for the chance to win the pattern and your leftovers! :0)

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  19. I've gone over to the snowman side too! Such a cute quilt and also the Santa runner. Hope you can find a compromise on your quilting issues. Thanks so much for the pattern and fabric starts.

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  20. Love the snowmen...Thanks for a chance at the pattern and fabric bits. Isn't Madame Samm the best!

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  21. Oh they all turned out so cute.

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  22. I love the snowmen! What a wonderful quilt that can be displayed for months! Glad you included your Santa runner too - very nice! Can't wait to see the snowmen quilted! ~Jeanne

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  23. I LOVE everything about this quilt! Soo cute! Thank you for the opportunity....what a wonderful gift that will make for somebody!

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  24. Your quilt is so adorable, Lesley. I love the snowmen and would love the chance to win the pattern. Thank you so much. ) I really am looking forward to the Blog Hop. I hope to get lots of ideas.

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  25. Love the way your snowmen turned out. I did the blocks as a BOM last year, and just finished the sashing and putting it all together at my retreat this weekend. Can't wait to get it finished. I have to have mine quilted within a month, so I'll be watching to see how you quilt yours.

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  26. I think you are pretty generous to share your scraps and I do love your quilt. I'm one to be drawn to Santa as I collect the figures and fill my tree with him. However, my husband is drawn to the blues so I would love to make this one for him.

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  27. I love snowmen and have been considering that pattern for awhile now. I would love to make it for Christmas next year.

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  28. I am also a Santa person but I also love the snowmen. I like to keep snowmen up till the end of February. Would love to have this pattern to hang for the winter. Thanks for chance and Good Luck to all.

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  29. Oh yes, count me in Lesley!!! I'm a snowman lover from waaaaaayyyyy back :) My current project is stitching on some fun snowman placemats for Christmas presents. Your quilt is so adorable - I'm in love!!!

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  30. Count me in please. I am a lover of snowmen and snow women but not snow.

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  31. Such a beautiful quilt Lesley - beautiful work and you are right, the Snowmen look like they have fun personalities! Hope you have fun with the quilting. And I love your Birdbrain Santas too...it's starting to look a little like The Season is approaching..!

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  32. I collect both Santas and snowmen!!! Love your quilt and I would love to make one like it! Thank you for the opportunity to win this darling pattern!!

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  33. Goodmorning! I didn't stop long enough yesterday to leave you a comment...but my satchel of snowman are off the shelf and within reach now, thanks to your nudge!

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  34. I LOVE SNOWMEN and yours are just the Cutest ! I would love to make one for myself !
    Thanks for the chance on your generous giveaway !

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  35. So cute! Would love to win! I don't know how you get so much accomplished!

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  36. Your snowmen are a delight , what a lovely quilt you have made !! Your santa runner is a real winner too , you have been a busy gal :-) Thanks for the chance at your great giveaway :-)

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  37. Love those snowmen, so many great poses!

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  38. I don't want to be in the drawing, but I did want to tell you how much I love your quilt and runner. I love that they made you so happy to make them, and hope they add to your holiday joy. Am I using the love word too much?

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  39. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Love, Love, Love your quilt- can't wait to see it quilted. I have some of those PG fabrics in creams & blues, but I don't have the pattern. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  40. Those blocks are so cute. I'd love to try to make them.

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  41. Awesome, thanks for the giveaway. The snowmen are so cute.
    dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

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  42. Very, very cute! Thanks! sarah@forrussia.org

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  43. The snowmen are so cute. When I get more experience going to try a lot of these blocks.

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  44. I am a lover of all snowmen! Living in Iowa, we are awaiting our first snow right now. Hopefully, it won't be enough to build a snowman just yet, but come January, we will for sure have one or two in our front yard. I'd love to use this pattern to adorn my dining room. One can never have enough snowmen!

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  45. I love snowmen and have adored this pattern since it first came out. Have you noticed how they always seem to be smiling?! Your project turned out super. Thanks for the chance to get a start on making one of my own.

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  46. Love the quilt! Would love to try and make one!
    cmo56401@gmail.com

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  47. I love these snowmen. They look like so much fun.

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  48. Your snowmen are darling. They would go nicely with my Snow Friends family of snowmen. Put my name in the hat too. Thanks.

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  49. Who doesn't love warm, cuddly snowmen. These are the best kind. Too cute.

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  50. Love your snowmen! I think my favorite is the daddy and child block! Too cute! I love snowmen...and santas....and everything christmas! Thanks for sharing your pretty scraps!

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  51. Your snowmen are so cute, I love them all and would love to make this quilt for next winter, so I've got my fingers crossed. I also love your Santa runner.

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  52. What a delightful quilt! I love snow and since moving to the south I miss it! I love how the more neutral colors frame your snowmen and they each have a pop of color on them! Just wonderful!

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  53. I love this quilt. The snowmen are adorable. The colors picked for the design are great.

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  54. Adorable snowmen! Thanks so much for the sweet giveaway.

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  55. I would love to make this quilt. I love snowmen and I love the colors of it! Fingers crossed!

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  56. Those snowmen are just too cute!!! Would love to win and make my own:)

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  57. I adore snowmen and yours are just fabulous! Love that scrappy sashing so much! And glad to hear you are going to do some FMQ on it, And your Santa Quartet is just wonderful. The echo quilting is just perfect. I must try that. I am just working on a little Santa project and using some Santa scraps you gave me a while ago, Keep your eye open on my blog and see if you can pick him out.

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  58. Cute Snowmen! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. I just love, love, love those PG snowmen!!!

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  60. Those snowmen are so cute! I'd love to have this around for many winters to come!

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  61. The snow men are cute. Merry Christmas! 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  62. Love Snowmen. I have a kit hidden somewhere around it. Maybe I'll dig it up for next year. I still need to quilt my last one.

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  63. I love the block with the two snowmen. Thanks for the chance at a fabulous giveaway.

    janie.mccombs(at)yahoo.com

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  64. Looking great Lesley, thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. Congratulations on finishing this fun quilt top. They really are darling little snowmen. Definitely can see why they hooked you. Great choices with the fabrics and colours, too.
    Good luck with your give away. Have fun.
    Lovely work also, with the Santas. They are a lovely group. I do enjoy Bird Brain patterns, too.
    Sorry to read that your wrist is still causing you trouble. Hope you can rest it for a while.
    Cheers, Karen

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  66. What adorable snowmen! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  67. Your snowmen are wonderful. They have become my favorite winter decorations because they can stay out for a long time. Thanks for the chance to enter your draw.

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  68. Oh, my goodness, I love your snowmen and would really like to make a quilt just like yours. Please oh, please pick me!

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  69. What a wonderful giveaway......I love snowmen...and yours seem so happy.....

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  70. So very cute, Lesley. These jolly guys will keep you smiling during the cold winter days! Thanks for the enlarged pics!
    Leave my name out of the drawing... I have the pattern and fabrics, just not the time to get it started!

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  71. I love you snowman quilt. They are so cute and it is a great quilt for winter use.

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  72. I love, love, love this quilt! I think you've heard me say that before. :) I'd love to win the pattern and the bits and pieces to include in it! I have the pattern for that Santa runner but haven't started it yet....now that I've seen yours I'm inspired to start it. blessings, marlene

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  73. Adorable and perfect for Christmas. Might have to put it on my list for Santa.

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  74. I'm a Santa collector too and always have a mini christmas tree up in the geustroom from decorated with all my santa ornaments!! fun!! I LOVE your snowmen...what a wonderful give-away!!

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  75. Your snowman quilt is adorable Lesley and the Santa red work......awesome!

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