Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday Prep

This winter solstice probably finds you knee deep in Holiday preparations.  Things here have been hectic (you can relate, I know) and decorating is at a minimum this year.  Since I have a collection of Christmas quilts - that is how we are decorating this year.  I have 5 Christmas quilts hung up and the tree and ornaments are taking a break this year.  I posted this above photo for my weekly #handquiltingwednesday posts on Instagram.  Nightengale isn't necessarily a Christmas quilt, but it sure works.  Red and white quilts in abundance have a holiday feel.

This is it right after we hung it and the creases haven't completely fallen out yet.  It's a good reminder to rotate the hanging quilts and refold the quilts in storage so those folds don't become permanent.

This one is hanging on the large brick wall.  It needs a large wall as it is 101" wide.  It's kind of a beast, but it sure is festive.  This large pattern was in McCall's magazine many, many years ago and it is also in our book Quilts and Rugs by Quiltmania.    If you want the look and feel of this quilt - you can get it with this pattern.

This pattern is a smaller version at 58" x 48" and the download pattern is available HERE.

I was planning on doing some baking tomorrow once I finished a quilt top today.  Well, since I spent all morning ripping apart the quilt top (HEY, fun fact - did you know seam rippers can dull and you need to replace them?), I need to  re-design and remake the quilt top.  I think I need some fresh air first. 

If your seam rippers are nice and sharp and you are refreshed - maybe you need a small bundle of Ann Arbor fabrics.  I have a BLUE Fat Quarter Bundle and a YELLOW and RED Fat quarter bundle.  

May you and your family and friends have a great holiday!




lmno said...

Hi Laurie,
Thanks for offering the blue fat quarter bundle. My order has been placed.

Mary said...

Love Nightengale and especially your quilting. It is just beautiful!

scottylover said...

Yep, found out the hard way that seam rippers get dull! :) Happy holidays to you!

Sandy A

Barb said...

Love your Christmas Quilts!
Merry Merry Christmas

Yvonne said...

Beautiful quilting!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and creative new year!

woolwoman said...

Merry Christmas and a great new year to you and Polly ! Mel

Lorraine said...

I love your Christmas quilts.

Anonymous said...

Have a Merry Christmas Laurie from Izzy in NJ

Hotquilts said...

Happy New year to you and your sister,Polly. When we got dumped on by SNOW in Erie,PA (65" now and more on the way) I thought I should be working on the Lake Effect. Your quilt pattern is so appro;the name makes me laugh in a non-laughing situation. People ran out of places to put the snow. It's a great time to quilt; I'd order something but the Post Office closed. I should have ordered much sooner than thinking about ii in the middle of a snowstorm

Anonymous said...

I love the fabrics with the yellow-a color which seems to be lacking in my stash. Wishing you both a very healthy and happy New Year!

Alex Hales said...

I admire what you have done here. I love the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that is working for you as well. Do you have any more info on this?
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