Christmas in Ohio in Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2010)

I received my complimentary copy of Fons & Porter‘s Easy Quilts (Winter 2010) yesterday.

And I was and still am SUPER happy with how my Christmas in Ohio quilt was photographed!  This quilt is peppered with the famous Ohio Star block, thus the name Christmas in Ohio.

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This lap-size quilt was made with Benartex‘s Winter Traditions fabrics!  I love the Currier & Ives look on the fabric prints – they just convey a sense of coziness that comes with the cold wintry season!  You can purchase a kit to replicate this quilt from Fons & Porter.

Check out the  information on converting this quilt into a twin and full size quilt in the magazine article.   Can you imagine this quilt draping a bed during the cold nights of winter?

Quilting was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton thread, and over Hobbs‘ Tuscany Silk Batting.  I have said it before, but this is my favorite combination of thread and batting for most of my projects!  Curious mind wants to know if you have tried out my favorite quilting combination yet…

I grew up in tropical Southeast Asia, and had never seen snow or experienced a cold season till I came to the States at the age of 19.  I never cease to wonder at the amazing changes from season to season.  So working on these “cold” fabrics was special to me, albeit this quilt was made during the peak of  summer this year. :)

Thanks for stopping by.  I shall catch up with you later!  For now, I need to go and keep all my plates spinning!

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. :)