Well you know me I can't do anything straight forward or normal. No Christmas in July for me, I'm doing it in August. Mind you those that know me will be wondering why Christmas at all as I don't normally celebrate it.
Well the thing is I was on my travels through blogland and I came across the I Wish You a Merry Christmas QAL on Vanda's blog. Now the thought of doing a Christmas quilt never entered my head but I did like block one which was a snowflake. So I thought, never mind the quilt I'd pick and choose which blocks I wanted to do as a Winter themed QAL instead. Then I thought well what happens if I only like the snowflake. So the plan is still to pick and choose the blocks I like or are relevant but I'm doing them as one off projects instead of a quilt.
So lets get on to block one.....the snowflake.
Or in my case two snowflakes ( both at 13" square)
And then I sewed them together with some setting triangles to make a small table runner.
I sandwiched it and then sewed down the applique using a straight stitch for raw edged applique. Which left me loads of ends to sew in last night.
For quilting I drew out some shapes from a stencil that I thought looked snowflake like and quilted them in white. More ends to sew in.
I then quilted the background in a pale blue in a swirly FMQ.
There are 8 quilted snowflakes in there as you can just about make out.
I used a plain white for the binding and the lovely crinkled effect is because I finished it this morning and threw it in the washing machine before letting it dry on the line.
And there she is all finished and ready to go away until I decorate for the Winter.
Block 2 came out today, I think they'll be coming out every 2 weeks or so. It's Christmas trees. I'm not sure if I'm going to make that block or I might do something along the same lines but stick with the Christmas tree theme.
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