Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Quilt for Christmas

This is what I spent every spare minute through the month of December doing -- which isn't many with all of the holiday trimming and celebrating that goes on in our house.  But, I did get it done in time.  My inspiration came from here.  I fell in love with this pattern and had to try it.  It was a lot of fun.
This is a gift for my favorite sister.  She's not a quilty person but I hope she'll like it and feel a part of me in it.

 I loved each square as I made it but as I put it together, I wasn't so sure. There seemed to be too many bright colors going on but when it was completely finished... I loved it again.  These are some of my favorites:
The one above and below are the same background fabric and I love how it worked so well with orange and teal.  They look totally different.
I quilted it myself on my regular old machine.  It isn't perfect but it looks good.
I really love the back too. I just used scraps from the front and splashed it across the back.
 No outside pictures with weather like that.

Merry Christmas, Sis!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ornament Exchange

So my search for ornaments in my last post was really for the Ornament Exchange Party that I was lucky enough to be invited to.  12 ladies were to each make 12 ornaments and then we trade them.  We all go home with 12 different, handmade, absolutely beautiful Christmas ornaments. 
I chose to make the quilled snowflakes.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of them all but they were so beautiful.  Elegant and lacy. 
What Fun!  I was so excited!
So, here are the treasures I came home with....
 A penguin made of a flattened glass ball.
 The popcorn ball.  
I can't figure out how she got the popcorn inside that glass ball 
but it's awesome and smells delicious.
 Two different santa bellies from two different ladies.
Very cute, huh.
 Yo-Yo Christmas tree.
Love this one!
 A very delicate glitter ball with a snowflake on it.
 The Nativity made with polymer clay.
  A hand stitched Nativity.
 A stitched star.
 My own quilled paper snowflake. 
(I really am in love with it.)
 Wooden Believe.
 A rustic bell.
 A very cute Santa with a floppy hat.

Aren't they all just delightful!
I can't wait to put them all on my tree.
I had such a fun time with this - the making and the trading - I think I my just have to do my own party next year.