Have A Jolly Little Christmas Sampler
I don’t quite recall just exactly how this all started….
I guess during the two weeks that the kids were off school for the Christmas holiday, and also that the hubby was home for a week, I didn’t want to spend all my hours closed away in my sewing room. So I sat out where everyone could easily find me. And I relaxed. I got out my graph paper and began to doodle. Sketching out a 12″ block. It’s pretty obvious that Christmas was on my mind and so this theme evolved into many blocks. Sometimes it’s like that. Inspiration comes – like a flood. Then there are other times… Where the blank page stares back at you. So when the ideas are coming freely… I go with it!
I’ll be the first one to admit….
I got carried away!
For these projects I’m making for the Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along, I am making from my stash. The first thing I did when everyone went back to school and work, was to do a bit of sorting. I wanted to find out just what did I have in a white/offwhite solid. And I measured all those pieces of yardage and planned accordingly.
All the other fabrics are also from my stash. You really only need small pieces for the blocks. And I am determined to start using my fabrics this year and to resist making purchases if I can. It is difficult to resist shopping for new fabrics, but I found some perfectly suitable pieces already on hand.
When it came time for quilting, I went with my usual organic wavy lines. I used Ghost White Magnifico thread by Superior Threads on top and plain white Guetermann in the bobbin. I used to do A LOT of quilting in white. And the beginning of this year will have a lot again.
The backing is Winter Garden by Susan Winget for Steele Creek Studio, which I found two years ago at Fabric.com. I fell in love with this print and bought it when it was on sale. I bought A LOT. So you’ll be seeing more of this too.
The binding was left over from my Canada 150 quilt. It really makes me think of Christmas and it goes so well with the backing. It also matches a few places I used it in the blocks, like for Santa’s hat, the big bow and the Cardinal’s wing.
This is the first project I have made using the blocks designed
for the “Have a Jolly Little Christmas” quilt along.
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Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts
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