Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November's Christmas Finish

Here is the finished product for my Christmas in November.
I call it Tonya's Peppermint Path. The fabrics in the center and middle row all came from her, so I thought it appropriate.
I frantically sewed between trying to start my Christmas decorating. I don't normally start that until after Thanksgiving, but my family had our gathering last Saturday so I went ahead while I had the time.
The fabric on the back is one I've wanted ever since I saw it last year at Hobby Lobby. I finally bought it and put it on something I can really enjoy.

We had a great Thanksgiving together. The only disappointment was that my son-in-law was not feeling well and couldn't attend. The food was good, but just being together was the best part.  I/We have so very much to be thankful for.

I hope your Thanksgiving is a blessed one.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Challenging November BOM

As badly as I hate to admit it, I'm not as good as I'd like to be when it comes to piecing blocks. I've done ok so far, simply because I draw it all out on graph paper to my own specifications. That has been good for me, allowing me to slip into quilting and gain a little confidence.

This really challenged that confidence.
I learned the hard way that the seam allowances must be absolutely exact or it just doesn't work. This is supposed to be a 12 1/2" square, but it's a hair over that. I would use my trusty seam ripper to take it apart and try again, but I wound up doing the smaller leaf block 3 times. So, I decided it would do. I had an issue with having enough on the edges to square it up without losing the 1/4" on the edge.

My friend Janice did the same pattern and hers turned out exactly right. Even though she's new at piecing, she has a natural talent for it.
Her colors are so vibrant. She is good at picking out fabrics that work well together and give it a unique look.

So, this is our first BOM and we are trying to decide on one for December. We already have the first three months of 2013 chosen. It's sure a lot of fun and not as much pressure when it's just the two of us. I'm not ready for a blogworld BOM thing. Maybe someday.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christmas in November

Well, a beginning of Christmas in November...
See these blocks? I got them already sewn from my dear friend Tonya at Hillbilly Handiworks. I didn't really have a plan for them, but decided to use them and make my first ever, actual Christmas quilt. I started out cutting them up and putting them back together.

And then I added more fabric that I bought from her a while back.
My plan began to form, and this is what the center will be.
I will have to add a bit more solid strips to it, and then use the remainder of the put-together squares on the outside border. I have a plan for them, but as I've been sewing them together, they are playing hide and seek from me and I am struggling to keep them in any kind of order. Still, I think it will all work out and I'll show you the finished top when I get it done. I wanted to use only fabric from Tonya, but the dimensions just didn't work out right for the amount of squares I had, so I'll have to get something to go with it. I know what I want, so to Hobby Lobby I'll be going tomorrow. After all, the wife does need a little "Dear Season" shopping right???

My new quilting buddy Janice and I have decided to do a BOM together. We are going to agree each month on a design and put it together. Each block will be representative of that particular month. Our first block will be for November and we decided on a pattern called falling leaves. These are the fabrics I'm thinking about using. I may swap out the dark brown for something more in the red catagory.
We found this pattern and will do one of the blocks in the quilt. I'm excited to get started. We have our December block and January block chosen as well. But I'll share those later.

Here is the latest photo of my heart and joy. He's growing up way too fast and knows that smile will get him anything he wants.
Enjoy your weekend. My thanks go out to our veterans everywhere!!!