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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A little bit at a time

Three things to be happy about:
(1) trees becoming leafy again
(2) getting caught up in a project
(3) talking to yourself

Hi everybody, and look!  We have a 51st follower, hi there Terri!!  I think I agree with Wanda that when the "shadow people" follow, blogger makes them go to the end of the line.  Like a shadow.  You know.  So... that mystery's solved!

Thanks everybody for your comments on my ufo yesterday.  Marcia, I'm glad you got the package and I look forward to seeing how you and your mom finish it.  Actually the 12 blocks I made are enough for a throw size if you add a couple borders. 

This is the fabric I plan to use for borders on my Christmas quilt:

As you can see, it's the same as the 1" pieces between the panels.  My dilemma is what to do for another border?  I was thinking to frame the whole piece with the skinny strips, then place a solid color next to that, then a wider border of the stripes for the outside.  Right now I'm too tired to think about it.

Someone suggested using paintsticks for Mary's head wrap; I've never used them before but a member of my guild uses them beautifully.  Perhaps she can give me some guidance, lest I ruin the panel.

I didn't have a pattern or any kind of guideline when I made this quilt; it's sort of the way my mom used to cook -  some of this and that, and whatever else looks or "feels" right.  I decided on possible scenes I wanted to show, then I found pictures of things to pull them together.  There were other possibilities that I didn't use - the three kings, Joseph leading Mary on the donkey, a single bright star, animals in the stable -  but my layout was based on the amount of real estate I had for the piece.

So basically I got a general idea of the entire quilt (ashamed to admit I didn't sketch it out first!) then made the applique to fill out the panels.  The shepherd did come from a pattern, though.  So, that's the story of The Story of Christmas!

Sew forth and sew on til later...


  1. I love your '3 things' - talking to yourself. Oh, my, I do that and the cat stares!

    Don't over think the back - set it aside. When the front is done, then the back will speak.

  2. Your three things are perfect!
    You should consider doing "May for Me" with us. It's not about selfishness...it's about renewal and fun! And talking to yourself can be all part of it. LOL

  3. Holy cow I had no idea this quilt wasn't from a pattern!!! I was already impressed with it--now I'm blown away!


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