I have been busy in my workshop (aka quilt studio) the month of November. Someone in my life is getting a Santa quilt. There have been a lot of firsts for me on this one so far. First time to really take a pattern and make it my own. Last year I purchased this pattern from Country Appliques called Belsnickel Santas.
I chose one of the Santas and made three for the blocks.
Then I designed a patchwork tree to go with them.
I wanted to jazz up the background for the Santas so did a crazy patchwork style for them. I also decided I wanted to do an applique border and so far this is what I have.
Need to finish needle-turning the last three leaves
and then add heart shaped to-yos to the centers.
(the stripes on top are the beginnings of the final borders that will finish it off.)
This is the first time I have gotten serious with needle-turn applique and every so often my fingers needed a break from the pricking so I also have been putting in some time on the McKenna Ryan wildflower quilt I had hoped to finish this year.
Four more blocks finished and ready to be added to the others:
|The last four have not been sewn in yet, |
but this is how they will be set with the previous blocks.
And in case that was not enough I also started working my way through Sally Collins book. A very generous friend gifted me with and Amazon card and what better way to spend it than on quilting stuff! This was one of my purchases. I have already seen an improvement in the precision of my piecing, enough so that I am willing to tackle some three inch blocks. More on those later.
Not as productive a month as I had hoped, but I am enjoying the flow of creative juices and that is something that had been missing for a while.
Have you got any projects in the works? I would love to hear!