(1) a free football ticket
(2) the distant winter sun
(3) the feel of fleece
At the craft fair Saturday there was a sweet quilter from Bowie, Marilyn Mowatt, who had put fleece on the back of her baby quilts... just the top and the fleece back with no batting. I had an "ah-hah!" moment - why not do the same with my super-duper Christmas quilt? Since it will only be used in December anyway, the fleece wouldn't be too warm. I called my LA but she's never done it and wanted to research it a bit, so I'll just do the usual with this quilt to save time. But sometime soon I'll try that top/fleece combo on my own with a smaller quilt!
After piecing the bottom part, I cut background fabric for the top and appliqued the candy canes, then joined the two pieces. To make the candy canes I started by sewing alternating strips of red and white fabric together. Then I drew the candy cane shapes on fusible web, placed them on the back of the fabric and cut.
I was trying to make it tall enough to join with another block, so I put the little piece at the bottom... that's a nostalgic Christmassy street scene between the green pieces.
It looks a bit choppy as is, especially with the piece I meant to join it to, so I removed that diamond piece. I think I can still use this angel, but with a different set of blocks!
Here's one combination that I want to show you, they're coming right along...
Santa, deer, churn dash blocks, and cute rocking horse!
I've reached the point now where I need to take careful measurements, add a piece here, shave a bit there. I also need to decide which orientation my new blocks will be - vertical or horizontal. I still don't have my house!!
That's all for now, enjoy your Tuesday - sew forth and sew on!