Ahhhh Christmas! If I had my choice, I’d leave my three Christmas trees up all year round. In 1986, I made a Trip Around The World Christmas tie quilt as a raffle prize for my ten year high school reunion. However, making a hand pieced and quilted Christmas themed quilt for ME has always been on my bucket list!
A few years ago, I took a wonderful quilting class at a local shop. Unfortunately, the shop longer exists, but I still have all my instructions and templates. I was especially interested in hand piecing my squares. I loved the challenge of keeping my stitches uniform and strong. I put together a few sample squares, and then got sidetracked by a very busy life. Recently, I became reacquainted with my Christmas quilting project, and am excited to complete it. I have both hand pieced and machine pieced squares in the bunch.
Log Cabin Square-I love using a red square in the center, representing the “heart” of the home.
On top, Flying Geese, then Patience Corner, Rail Fence, and the Log Cabin square.
Such beautiful, rich and lovely fabrics!
My hand stitching…I’m happy with the results, though I can ALWAYS improve!
Taking the completed piecework I already have, I’m going to see if I have enough for a table runner, or maybe individual placemats with coordinating fabric. If not, oh darn, I’ll have to complete more sampler squares! My first task will be choosing either the QAYG technique, or piecing together the squares then quilting the entire piece. Either way, I’m excited to get going!