Quilter’s World December 2009: Christmas Cheer

Happy Monday! I hope all is well with you. We enjoyed catching up with friends over the weekend. My Christmas Cheer quilt is featured in the December 2009 issue of “Quilter’s World“:

I am super pleased with the photography of the quilt! It is a “One Block Wonder” quilt made using one gigantic Storm at Sea block! The finished size is 60″ square:

The quilt used fabrics from “Once Upon a Christmas” by Benartex. I love love love the Christmas tree print fabric, and I love love love love the poinsettia print as well!

Dear friends at Rogers Sewing Center gave me the dipping bowls – my early Christmas present! How sweet is that?! They go PERFECTLY with my quilt! I am truly blessed with sweet sewing friends!

The quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread, top and bottom on my home machine. The red solid fabric was the perfect background to show off some free-motion quilting:

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving Week!

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Free-motion quilting is like…

… doodling on a piece of paper, except it’s on fabric. You can go wherever your creativity fancies to take you. You can doodle and keep doodling on a particular design:

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Or, if you run out of design of your own to doodle, you can doodle on an obvious design printed on the fabric that is right before your eyes:

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EXCEPT, with free-motion quilting, it is not so easy to un-doodle because that involves much patience in taking out stitches. So, the trick in successful doodling on quilts is to think and plan ahead and while you are doodling.

I hope you have enjoyed some of the pictures of this Christmas Quilt using Once Upon a Christmas fabrics by Benartex. As always, pictures of the whole quilt will be revealed when the quilt is officially published. This one is coming out in the December issue of “Quilter’s World“.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Doodling! :)

Chugging along…

I am finished with piecing the quilt top using the Once Upon A Christmas fabrics by Benartex:

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All I have left is the pieced borders to go around the quilt top.  I quite like the border myself:

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Here is a sneak peek on how the quilt will look:

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I am a little bit behind, but I am chugging along.   Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a grand day, will you?