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Sunday, December 9, 2012

The gift!

Three things to be happy about:
(1) people applauding you
(2) the arrival of Christmas cards
(3) gingerbread muffins

At the Giant supermarket yesterday I noticed gingerbread muffins in the bakery case and thought I'd try one - it was delicious!  I didn't know such goodness existed!  ;o)

So here's another chapter in my Christmas quilt story - the last block, the gift! 

When I got all the pieces for the lower part of the quilt put together, I had a hole about "so" big and didn't have a block that would fit.  I wanted to keep it simple, and what could be simpler than cutting a square of fabric and appliqueing a doo-dad on top - instant gift!

There were a few blocks I didn't get a chance to make, and a couple I made and didn't get a chance to use.  Perhaps I'll do a smaller version of this monster and make a point of including them ... someday.

I think the gift looks great combined with the peace deer and cup-o-cider; this photo was taken before I added a small red piece beneath the gift because the panel was a half inch too short. 

I needed another 3 inches or so to make my 66" width so I put a strip on the right side of the panel.  I don't know what it was, but for some reason I couldn't make my mind wrap around some of the measurements! 

I didn't post any new progress yesterday because I had to put this aside for awhile, I was dealing with sizes in 1/4 or 3/4"; I'm used to thinking in 1/2" increments but those fractions - 31-3/4 + 10-1/2 + 22-1/2 minus seams... eeeeyah!  They don't come together when you're distracted by something else. 

So, below is the quilt except for the borders:
After all the measuring and converting of fractions, I was hoping the width would come out perfectly... sure enough, it's 1/2" too wide!  I'll have to un-sew the red strip and remove 1/2", then I can make the borders.

That's it for the Christmas quilt - next time you see it, it'll be all quilted and ready for my bed!

Sew forth and sew on...


  1. I'm loving your favorite things of Christmas quilt... Just love watching this unfold!

  2. This has come together so wonderfully!

  3. I love this quilt! It has come out so wonderfully. I especially love that it is YOUR creation. Making anything is fantastic and I love to follow a pattern, but making it so much from 'scratch' brings a new level of fabulous-ness!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Linda, I could look at this quilt all day. It is so beautiful, and I appreciate the sophistication of your design and fabric choices.

  5. That is a great quilt Linda. Love how you put things together.


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