Christmas Hospitality Runner in Quilter’s World’s “A Quilted Christmas” (Fall 2011)

I didn’t think I would get to do a Christmas in July post this year, but the mail man was nice to me yesterday. So I am able to do it after all.  I unexpectedly received a package from Quilter’s World, and in it are my Christmas runner and copies of the magazine’s special interest publication “A Quilted Christmas”!

This runner was made last year, and honestly I hadn’t thought of it in a long while. Seeing it again reminds me of the hot summer afternoon (much like today) we had last year while I was working on this project.

The pieced blocks are 12″ finished, sashed with 2″ finished sashing pieces. I do like the wide black sashing – the black sort of has the effect of “lifting” the pieced blocks.

The editorial staff presented the runner as a bed runner – what a splendid twist to the use of runners that we quilters make!

The fabrics are courtesy of Henry Glass (At Home for the Holidays), threads are courtesy of Aurifil (Mako 50 Cotton), and batting is courtesy of Hobbs Bonded Fibers (Tuscany Silk).

This is how I had quilted stenciled motif s on the runner. I “sewed” on the traced design using an unthreaded needle on a vellum sheet of paper one can easily purchase from the craft stores. I then positioned and pinned the paper onto the quilting area. With thread this time, I followed the design perforated on the paper. Easy peasy.

Are you thinking about Christmas yet?  Oh, don’t tell me – I will feel guilty. :)  Christmas to me is a looooooooooooooooooong way from now.  Nonetheless, I would spend sometime this week browsing through “A Quilted Christmas” to see if there are any fun gifts to make.

Have a great weekend, dear Friends!

Poinsettia Parade: Final Sneak Peeks

Happy Monday, my Friends. I hope you have had a good weekend. I squeezed in some extra rest over the weekend because I wasn’t quite feeling 100%. But other than that, I had an enjoyable time catching up with some stitching. I will show you pictures later, but for now…. I am happy my Poinsettia Parade quilt is DONE!

This has been a really really fun project. I have loved the colors:

I seldom quilt with straight lines besides the regular stitching-in-the-ditches to secure the quilt sandwich, but I decided to do so for the blocks because I wanted the quilting to be a contrast against the swirly busy background:

I came across Patsy Thompson‘s website. Her innovative feather quilting really inspired me. So, I decided to try some of her hyperquilting, after reading one of her latest book (Feather Adventures) I have borrowed from my quilting teacher. You can see that my feathers are quilted with two colors: green and cream. I thought the effect was just what this quilt needed:

Here is a peek at the back:

These are all the sneak peeks I can show you for now until the quilt is officially featured in the Holiday Issue of The Quilter magazine. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely week ahead of you.

Fleur de Noel: Final Sneak Peeks

Good morning, my Friends! I hope my post finds you well. Thank you so very much for your kind, assuring and encouraging words you have left for me on yesterday’s post.

I experienced machine issues when I was able to quilt my Fleur de Noel project. I brought Baby along when I took the machine to see my dealer. Fortunately it wasn’t something major. I was able to take the machine home the very same day and worked on quilting Fleur de Noel.

I find the black and red combination to be a very chic combination. These fabrics are from Henry Glass‘ At Home for the Holidays collection:

Instead of doing all free-hand designs allover the already busy fabrics, I decided to use a stencil design this time. The main reason is that I didn’t want to just stitch-in-the-ditch for the star blocks. I wanted to something different. I first stitched without the top thread through layers of vellum paper with the design transferred by pen on the top sheet:

Then I centered and pinned one sheet “perforated” with the design onto a block and start stitching (this time with thread) to quilt the block. The only thing you have to be careful is to be gentle when you tear the paper off so that you don’t “pull” the stitches loose:

Here are a few more quilting sneak peeks:

A quick view of the back:

This project is scheduled to be featured in Quilter’s World‘s December 2010 issue. Until then, I hope you have enjoyed these sneak peeks! :)

Till next time, tootles!

Fleur de Noel: Sneak Peek #2

Good day, my friends. I hope you are doing well. I had shown you block #1:

Here is block #2:

Honestly, I am very pleased with the black in these blocks. I don’t naturally gravitate toward black in picking out fabrics for my projects, but I have to say, the black REALLY brings everything together in these blocks! The black made me feel really hip! :)

The fabrics are from At Home for the Holidays by Henry Glass. This Christmas project is scheduled for feature in Quilter’s World December 2o1o issue. I am having the time of my life working on this project!!!

Thanks for popping by. I hope you have a lovely Tuesday!

p.s.  My Sweet Picket Fence quilt is mentioned on Henry Glass’ blog.  Do pay the Henry Glass people a visit on their blog, would you?! ;)

Fleur de Noel Sneak Peek #1

I have shown you the red fabrics I will be working with for the next few weeks.  Two of them are going to be in my Fleur de Noel Christmas project.  Block #1 is done!  These fabrics are from At Home for the Holidays by Henry Glass:

Baby was fascinated by the concept of digital camera.  So, I let her snap a few shots.  Being the baby photographer, she didn’t think to make sure her foot was out of the way before snapping away… ;)  I present to you Baby’s first photographic interpretation on things in her little world:

Another week has gone by – time just darts by so fast!  I have been averaging a quilt in every ten days or so.  It doesn’t look like the schedule is going to let up any for the next few weeks.  So, I hope I will be able to show you lots of progress pictures!  Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend.  I shall catch up with you on Monday.

It’s been raining….

… fabrics, fabrics, and Christmas fabrics!  I got fabrics in for my Christmas magazine projects for this year.  So far, two will be featured in Quilter’s World using Hip Holidays and At Home for the Holidays by Henry Glass:

One will be featured in The Quilter using Noel by Benartex:

I really like opening fabric packages and seeing the fabrics I picked out in person – it’s almost like opening Christmas presents to me!!!  Yes, I shall have my schedule carved out for me in the next few weeks!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely Thursday.