Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas from the Cuddle Quilter

It's that time of year that we finally get to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. It is also the time that I wish my blog friends and visitors to my blog a very "Merry Christmas" and a huge "thank you" to for visiting my blog this past year. 

I'd also like to repost the picture of my wooden Santa, the quilt that was used as inspiration for Santa's quilt, and the story behind it.

If you are a regular reader of mine, you have probably read this story before, but if not, I'd like to share it with you from a post I originally wrote on December, 4, 2011. You can read all about Santa and his quilt by clicking on this link HERE.

The visions of sugarplums are really swirling around my head now. One more sleep!

Christmas love and hugs from Lesley, the Cuddle Quilter.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Getting Ready for Christmas

I started with the Christmas quilts and hung them around the house.

The kitchen quilts were hung and the Christmas oranges were bought and readied for consumption.

The Santas were brought out of storage and found their places on shelves, tables, and anywhere I could find!

Many years ago I did more tole painting than quilting, so you'll see lots of wooden Santas made by Woodworker Hubby and me. He cut out and assembled the pieces and I did the painting.

Over the years, I have been gifted with many fabulous Santas by friends and family. This is just a sample of what surrounds us at Christmas. 

The lighting was pretty poor when I took the pictures, so some of the pictures are a little dull. But trust me, these Santas shine!

The ladder quilts were changed up and some Santas added to the top.

The Christmas Dresden quilt was taken out of storage...

Do you see the quilt at the bottom of the bed? I just finished this selvage quilt a couple of weeks ago. 

I made this lap quilt just for me to cuddle up in, so I added flannel to the back and machine quilted some stitch in the ditch along the piano key borders. The pdf pattern is by Karen Griska and can be found by clicking HERE

I love using this quilt because there are so many memories in it from fabric I have used for the many quilts I have made over the years.

DS and his girlfriend are due home today and we'll plan to put up the tree in a day or two. Although we won't be seeing DD, SIL, and our first GS this Christmas, I did have the chance to go West a few weeks ago. The little guy has just turned 6 months old and is already checking out my stitches!

I finished a few projects this month too. I do love to play in my sewing room!

I tidied up the sewing room today but I'm sure I'll find a little time over the holidays to play in there. Thanks so much for coming by. I've had another wonderful year sharing my projects and inspiration with my friends in Blogland and appreciate you all so much!  Have a wonderful Christmas! 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hanging of the Quilts and Lots More

Today is the perfect day to decorate the house by hanging my Christmas quilts, with the sun shining in and the Christmas music playing, the Christmas spirit will definitely embrace our little house.

Usually, I start my decorating on December 1, but this year I was away on a short visit to see this little guy, our almost 6-month old GS.  You can see he was on his best behaviour, admiring his quilt, or was he examining the stitches? 

The visit was very short, with no visits to quilt shops or blogger friends...sorry, Sue...but it was a fabulous 6 days of hugs, smiles, a few diaper changes, time at a few malls, and a wonderful morning at the International Craft Market at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. Giant Jim Shore Santas were all around us!

In anticipation of my trip, I made a few more appliqued bibs. The favorites are the bandana bibs but I forgot to take pictures of the ones I made.

I always like to surprise DD and SIL with a few Christmasy items, so I gifted them with a Merry Christmas hanging and a modern tree quilt.

I crosshatched the red background fabric and then fused the letters in place. The fabric decal is by The Creative Iron designed by Nancy Zieman which I picked up awhile back in Riverview, New Brunswick at The Covered Bridge Quiltery.

The tree was one of three designs in a panel I purchased in Maine last summer called Joy and Wonder designed by Cori Dantini. I thought the tree would work pretty well with their modern surroundings. Again, I crosshatched the panel and attached a sleeve for hanging.

Now that I am back in my sewing room, I am continuing with the Christmas theme. I made a little fabric gift bag the other day and used it for a door prize and filled it with goodies for the Ocean Waves Quilt Society's general meeting held in Port Hawkesbury yesterday. With this particular bag, you make the pattern from a paper bag you have on hand. Laura from SewEasy has a great video on how to make this. Just click HERE. Laura used Soft and Stable but I used a fusible interfacing instead and made fabric handles.

Today will be a little low key as I hang the quilts later, but I did finish a flannel quilt top this morning. I woke up way too early so sewed my last two rows together to finish this one. Flower Patch Flannel fabrics are by Maywood Studio.  They offer several quilt patterns by fabric designer Bonnie Sullivan using her preprinted flower blocks and coordinating fabrics. You an find them all HERE. I made my quilt a little smaller, about 50" x 60" and used a scrappier selection of her fabrics. I just hung the top on the line. See! No snow here!

A little closer look at her yummy fabrics!

I have quite a bit of flannel in my stash and lots more of those pre-printed flower blocks, so may make a few more quilts similar to this one over the winter.

That's it. You are now caught up on what I've been up to. Thanks so much for coming by and enjoy your day!