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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas quilt; batting on the cheap

Three things to be happy about:
(1) the comforts of home
(2) fireplace heat
(3) steaming oatmeal

I like to cook my oatmeal, add cinnamon and diced apples, then let it sit til the apples soften just a bit - yum!

I haven't done much quilt-type sewing lately, I've been sewing down the binding on two quilts.  Also, I wanted to quilt my Yard Bird top without opening another king-size bag of batting, but I was finding a number of not-quite-large-enough pieces.  I tell ya, I have to take my hat off to you if you piece your batting, it's a real pain!  It's hard to get it overlapped just enough to not leave a big ole ridge.

I made a few more blocks for my Christmas quilt, it makes me feel real creative!  Here's a cute stocking:

and an ornament

('scuse the fuzziness - you might want to back way off across the room to look at it!)

and Santa flying over a city.
notice how it looks like there are two skylines? 

I'm debating whether or not to add reins between the deer because they'd be tricky to applique down (the reins, not the deer!); the picture I based this on had reins.  Heck, I'll go ahead and add reins but they'll be kinda thick.  Those feisty reindeer might lose the Santa-man!

Right now I'm just making lots of blocks that I like, all different sizes.  Then I'll fill in with as many pieced blocks and/or fabric as I need to make it full-sized. 

So that's what I've been up to lately.  My sister in Newark got her power back on Monday around 4:20 pm, what a relief!  Thanks for your kind thoughts; let's keep praying for all the hurricane Sandy victims!

Sew forth and sew on til later!


  1. Love the Christmas quilt!
    And, I love that you still say "Christmas."
    I've heard that "up North" the new thing is to say "Happy Holidays" or something like that.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Love the skyline block - maybe an embroidered stitch for the reins?

  3. Backstitching the reins would be super fast. Maybe even easier than trying to applique a thin line.

  4. I am happy to hear that your sister has power. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone afftected by this weather. Love the Christmas blocks. You are really being creative.

  5. Have you tried "heat press batting together tape"? It's a lightweight tricot-like interfacing tape that you use to press two edges (pieces) together without an overlap.

    Check your local quilt shop for that stuff. I use it all the time. Love it!

  6. I agree with Vrooman, hand embroider the rein. It was great seeing you, I'm Back in California. Debbra


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