The sun finally shone for a bit today so I took my quilt ladder outside ( a perfect gift from Santa Mary last year) and grabbed a picture of Nostalgic Christmas. The ladder then moved into the dining room once the sun dropped beneath the clouds.
Nostalgic Christmas is a quilt designed by Lynn at Sew'n Wild Oaks that I finished last year. Read all about it HERE. One of my all-time favorites!
So on to my snowman quilt, or Warm Winter Blessings as designer Lisa Bongean calls it! I finished my 'loop de loop' filler quilting in the background of the blue blocks and have started cross hatch quilting for the triple sashing. I saw this done on my Country Charmer quilt that Lynn quilted for me last year and decided to try to replicate it in my very "beginner FMQ way". Have a peek...
Thank you, Lynn, for your suggestion to mark the one inch increments. I am using a Frixion pen and will iron out the marks when done.
As for the borders, I am thinking of doing a snowflake pattern for the blue border, and perhaps some swirls for the cream border to mimic a cold blustery winter day. If anyone has some ideas for a FMQ newbie, please send them along! And yes, the arms and shoulders do get a little sore from FMQ so I am doing the quilting in little bits at a time.
When the sun came out today for a few minutes, I raced to hang out my latest flannel finish.
The quilt top is the size for a twin bed and should fit perfectly in the spare room for the winter. It may take me all winter to quilt it!
Of course, the wind was blowing and blowing...
I looked at the calendar and then looked at what I want to have done by the time DS comes home on the 19th. DD and DSIL will be far away this Christmas but always close in our hearts. Thank goodness for Face time too so Mom, me and sisters three can also have some great chats!
Because time is getting short, I'm going to wish everyone a Merry Christmas now while I take some time off from Blogland for Christmas baking, wrapping, and a little last minute shopping. Thanks so much for coming by today and every day, have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends (and perhaps a little fabric) and see you in the New Year!
I know I will have lots of visions of sugarplums while spending time with these Christmas quilts!
It's a great day for quilting!