|As Christmassy as one can get in June!|
I was so happy that the snowmen I'd had for years worked in, as did the little mitten blocks. And I used up all the Santa flannelette (being sure to wash and dry it to shrink it first before quilting!) I had left for the back. I used this for magic bag covers, and it's a great flannelette.
Here are some close-ups of the quilting. I didn't get too fancy, just a little. I wanted it to be soft and cuddly. I FMQ-ed a few different motifs. The trees and Christmas lights are from Show Me How to Machine Quilt by Kathy Sandbach, an EXCELLENT resource that really helped me to grow in free-motion quilting. I first saw her on Alex Anderson's "Simply Quilts" and knew I had to have her book...just looked: I bought it exactly 10 years ago, May 2004!!
|Christmas lights above the trees in the top row of red squares!|
|Figure eight design in the sashing; straight and weaving lines that go both vertical and horizontal|
in the green round
|Leah Day's spiral meander in the blue centre from her first book, From Daisy to Paisley|
I knew I wanted to photograph it here against the 125+ year-old stone wall, a remnant of the Hiram Walker, I believe, estate that used to grace these grounds which are now a Seniors' Residence, as well as garden homes, aka attached one-story condos.
The pillars are about 7 feet tall. Once I wash it and dry the quilt, so it is nice and crinkly, I'll post another pic.
AND!!! Nearly forgot!! Look what arrived yesterday!!
My prize for the Caption This! contest that Fat Quarter Shop had going during Quilt Market. They are gorgeous, so soft. Can't wait to see what they grow up into!