Saturday, December 11, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas and a Double Rainbow in December

Pin It Phew!  Christmas orders are all done for the year (Celebrate!  Celebrate!  It's that time of yeeeeaaar!) and I finally have a chance to relax a little bit.  But I'm not relaxing at all.  I quilted five quilts in the last two days!

The final Christmas quilt I had for this year was a doozy at 115x110 (yes, it is wider than it is long).  Is anyone familiar with Nancy Halvorsen's Christmas panels?  The quilt shop down the street did a Block of the Month program with fussy cut blocks from one of her panels.  I have to say, I adore the customer that brought this top to me, and I absolutely love the way she set it together.  It was the first time she ever came up with her own setting and I think she did a fantastic job!  She always leaves the quilting up to me, but she did say she'd like some feathers in her sashing.  And I know from experience she loves stitch in the ditch.  So, I decided to not just do your regular run-of-the-mill feathers, but to do a small feather sash motif framing each block. 

I really had to fight the urge to stitch in the ditch in all of the blocks, since I'm the stitch in the ditch queen and all, but I think they turned out pretty nice.  I also did pebbles through the sashing around all of the little feather sash motifs, and stitch in the ditch in her pieced border (or sashing?  Whatever you want to call it!). 

I suggest clicking the pictures to get a full-sized view.  So!  I'm in love with this quilt, and really don't want to give it back to her!  But since she wants it on her bed for Christmas, I suppose she's going to be ripping it out of my hands (today, in fact).

Three of the five quilts I've done in the last couple of days were for Anna Maria Horner's Rainbow Around the Block project, for a total of four completed (I did one before Thanksgiving!).  It's really neat to look at these tops and think about the people that made the blocks that went into them.  It's obvious that they were made by people of all ages, skill levels and tastes.  This is an awful picture of one of the quilts hanging over a cabinet that holds some of our yarn.  : |

Now this next one is probably my most favoritest charity quilt I've ever quilted EVAR (so far!).  The pictures really do these puppies no justice.  The colors are so awesome, the fabrics are adorable, I just love it.


In other news, I've been up since 2:00 this morning (about to get ready for work!) working on binding one of those customer Christmas quilts.  For those of you that don't know, my cat is just as crazy about sewing as I am.  Whenever I'm sewing, she's trying to lay in my lap, play in the quilt, etc.  When I lay blocks out on the floor to decide how I want to set them together, it takes longer than for most people because my cat is always diving into them, making them fly all over the place.  While machine stitching the binding onto this particular customer quilt, she got into pretty big trouble for trying to lay on it and play in it.  Now that I've got it folded up and back in the sack, I suppose she figures the coast is clear and decided it was time to nap on it.

Silly kitty.  But I love her anyway (and the hearts on her butt!).

I may not like Christmas (not because I'm a Scrooge, I promise I have a good reason!), but since I have a chance to breathe this year, I'm feeling a little more of the holiday cheer than normal.  I hope you all are prepared for Christmas and your stockings are hung!

Happy Holidays!


  1. The quilting on the BOM quilt is gorgeous!

  2. I am a long arm quilter as well. I too HATE Christmas. I get you. TOTALLY. BTW not done with my list yet....

  3. Two posts in one month - pinch me! Quilting is stunning and the cat too cute. I have a beagle who sneaks into my studio and steals quilt blocks. The sign says "No Dogs Allowed" but he thinks the rules don't apply to him.

    Sheryl S.

  4. Beautiful quilt and I have 2 cats that love to help me quilt.