Greeting Cards in THE QUILTER (Holiday 2012)


Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  If you recall, I already have my Midwinter Night Pillow Project featured in the Holiday 2012 issue of The Quilter.  I am sharing with you today another project I did for that same issue — my Greeting Cards quilt.

[image source: The Quilter Magazine]

This design is an example of “one block wonder” quilts in that the overall layout of the quilt center is constructed with the same blocks, oriented differently.

This quilt design utilizes narrow strips to accentuate the print fabrics.  Some aren’t too fond of narrow strips – they really don’t handle any differently than regularly sized strips.  Just make sure the blade in your rotary cutter is nice and sharp, and you will be just fine.

Sherry McConnell (vice president of the Quilter’s Hall of Fame) was my piecing elf for this quilt.  I sent her the fabrics, and she miraculously sent back the quilt top all ready for me to quilt!

The fabrics I used are from Quilting Treasures’ Holiday Magic collection.  This collection has a total of 18 beautiful Christmas fabrics.  Click here to view the full range of fabrics.

Quilting motif is my allover Jester’s Hat motif, quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

Kits are available from Quakertown Quilts while supplies last.  1-888-464-7845.

Are you sending out physical Christmas cards this year?  I know that with the increasing electronic world we live in, some have relied on electronic cards.  I am just curious.

Have a lovely weekend!  I will see you again on Monday with a Thread Talk post!  Stay tuned.

Midwinter Night Pillow in THE QUILTER (Holiday 2012)

Yup, it’s that time of the year.  My favorite postmaster at my local post office asked me the other day if I knew we had exactly 90 days before Christmas. I had not a clue what he was talking about because I am still working on making gifts for Christmas 2011!!!  Anyhow, I had shown you this sneak peek a few months ago…

The sneak peek is part of my Midwinter Night Pillow, featured in The Quilter’s Holiday 2012 issue.

I am not sure if you knew, but The Quilter has a separate Christmas Holiday issue every year in addition to their regular six bi-monthly magazine.  So you get 7 issues for a 1-year subscription.  I think this year’s Holiday issue is the best compared to Holiday issues past.  The only thing I missed seeing was Pearl Louise Krush’s snowmen – you will know what I am talking about if you have seen The Quilter’s Holiday issues in the past!  The following shows a sample of the projects in this year’s Holiday issue:

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So back to the pillow.  The project uses fabrics from Benartex Fossil Fern, Wintersong, and just plain scraps.  The versatility of the design allows you to easily pick and choose the fabrics of your choice to make the pillow top.

I used fusible machine applique method to applique the tree branch and birds.  Click here, and here to read about my articles on fusible machine applique.

This is a super close-up shot, where you also end up seeing my outline quilting stitches.


I almost often quilt my pillow before constructing the pillow case.  That way, the top will have a bit of dimensional look to it, and doesn’t look as flat.  So, I treated the pillow top as a quilt, basted and quilted it with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.  I  outline quilted the edges of the applique shapes to give the shapes a bit of a poof.  I used a pillow insert from Fairfield’s Poly-fil Home Elegance Collection.

And then I quilted snowflakes against the black mottled background.  You can see the scales of the smaller snowflakes with respect to the size of a penny.  The snowflake motif patterns are available on the tear-out section of the magazine.

The way I prepped for quilting the snowflakes is as follows:  I traced a snowflake motif onto a piece of freezer paper, and cut out the snowflake shape.  I auditioned placements for the cut out on the black mottled background.  Once I found a placement I liked, I lightly dab the freezer paper shape with my iron to temporarily hold the shape in place on the black mottled background.  I then used a Clover white marker to trace and transfer the motif outline to the black mottled background.  I would remove the freezer paper shape, and quilted the snowflakes by following the traced outline.

If pillow isn’t your thing to do, you can always expand the cardinal center into a wallhanging, placemats, or even the front of a tote!  And with that, I bid you all a Happy Weekend!  See you next week.

Thanks for stopping by.