Christmas in Ohio: Final Sneak Peeks

I had set aside three days for quilting  my Christmas in Ohio.  Well, my initial plan of attack fell through – so, I spent one and a half day just trying different things and taking out stitches.   Initially, I had wanted to quilt individual motifs in the center square of the stars with a contrasting beige thread.  But with the fabrics being dark, any slight imbalance in the motif placement would drive me up the walls.  I am one of those who would whip out the tape measure to make sure the chairs are exactly centered about the fireplace.   You get the picture…

So, this is what I ended up doing – my favorite curly q allover design.  I wanted the snowball blocks to have just some texture, and not anything fancy to draw the attention away from the fabric prints.  That’s why, in the end, I did the allover design.  Since I have kind of personalized the curly q to my own liking, the quilting actually went really fast.  I ended up being on schedule, even with the post-quilt details (writing the article, organizing diagrams etc.) to which I have to attend.

It worked out really well, I thought:

Of course, I had to drag out my  Currier & Ives plates.  I don’t have many, and a couple of them are dinged at various spots.  But they make a nice cozy placesetting during the winter time.

In case you are wondering, the fabrics are from Winter Traditions by Benartex.  These fabrics would be perfect for a quilt above a stone fireplace!  They just speak of the coziness of the colder seasons…

This quilt is off to the editor.  It will be featured in Fons & Porter‘s Easy Quilts later this year.  More on that as I receive more details.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a productive rest of the week.  I certainly hope that is true for myself. :)

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25 thoughts on “Christmas in Ohio: Final Sneak Peeks

  1. VERY Pretty! I like this a lot! Ok, I believe those were done with free-motion too? :) You not only could draw with pencils and brushes; but your NEEDLES too! Thumbs up!

  2. How nice and cozy! Wonderful job, as always!

    I was not very productive today besides laundry. I have an awful cold and gave myself permission to vegetate today.

  3. I love your curly q design. Do you have any plans to do a book teaching free motion ? I really like that fabric , looks so cozy.

  4. Thanks for the awesome sneak peek! I really like what you did with the quilting. This is one of those quilts where the sashing really makes the quilt. Lovely. Can’t wait for the full monty. ;-)

  5. I think your curly q design sort of reminds me of the wind swirling the snow around in the winter. I think it turned out great. I love those plates and I think my Mom had some of those at one time. I think they had red ones too but not sure about that.

  6. I’m a sucker for traditional quilts, and this one is beautiful, Wendy! And the plates… they go so well together with the quilt. All I can think is “I want, I want!” (-:

  7. Your quilt looks cozy and perfect for the cold months. The curly q quilting gives the quilt a more wintery feel. Looking forward to seeing it in the magazine! How exciting :o)

  8. I love how you put that color of red with the greens. I always thought those colors went so well together! My mom actually has a foresty green carpet and her furniture is mostly that kinda burgundy color. That blanket would look nice in her living room! lol

  9. Love your quilt. The quilting is amazing and the fact that it will be in print! WOW! I look forward to seeing it in the magazine soon. :)

  10. I love all your quilting, but this curly one is my particular favorite. It makes the whole thing come alive…. and now I’m ready for Christmas! (minus all those handmade gifts I haven’t started on yet…)

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