Good morning, Friends! I hope you are doing well. Besides Warm Blessings, I have a second quilt in Quilter’s World December 2012 issue. Come meet Cottage Chic Christmas!
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This is a two-block quilt that makes a rather loud visual statement with the fabrics used. The blocks are constructed using rotary cutting (for the cross blocks), and paper-piecing (for the star blocks) methods. If you haven’t tried paper-piecing, perhaps this quilt would induce you to attempt… just sayin’! Here are a couple of paper-piecing tips I had posted about in the past — scroll down toward the bottom of the post.
I used fabrics from Robyn Pandolph’s Lansdowne Road by RJR Fabrics for this Christmas quilt for versatility purposes. Click here to view the full range of fabrics. The colors of the fabric in real life are much more vivid.
Because the floral prints are not Christmas-specific, this quilt can actually be used throughout the winter season beyond Christmas. I am thinking at least Valentine’s Day. At least that’s when I will still be displaying the quilt at my end.
I had also designed this quilt with my Southern Hemisphere friends in mind. It might be a little odd cuddling under a snowmen quilt for Christmas when it is warm out there. But a floral quilt in the traditional Christmas colors works well since I am sure many of you probably have luscious roses blooming during that time of the year. I know my cousin who lives in that part of the world does…
Quilting is an allover swirly floral motif! I am just absolutely elated how well the photographer captured the quilting in the official magazine shoot! Incidentally I have met this guy, and think that he is definitely very good at what he does!
Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting. I have actually posted a tutorial on the floral motif here.
Oh, one more thing … for a limited time, you can download the pattern instructions for Cottage Chic Christmas from Quilter’s World’s website for free. Click here to access the instructions in pdf format. Isn’t that just so dandy?
I hope you have enjoyed my Cottage Chic Christmas quilt. Christmas is going to be here before we know it. Miss Baby has already started talking about all the things we are going to do when we were browsing through a few Martha Stewart Christmas books this past weekend. She definitely has very high expectations — her poor mother who will never reach Martha’s caliber. Ha!
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Monday, everyone!
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