|Kay's block #1|
|Kay's block #2|
|My block #1|
Ladies of all different skill levels signed up to make the blocks. These block exchanges are always a good way to learn new techniques. I've seldom done applique before now. I decided to make one of my sets of blocks applique. The other set I wanted to use fussy cut Santa's and create a design around whatever size I needed to make the fussy cut part. I dislike math, but, this was good for me to exercise my brain. It was fun trying to figure out what I wanted to do.
Some of the blocks didn't quite turn out to measure at 12.5" square. I decided to 'frame' my blocks, then, I framed them again and made them 'wonky'. They finished at 20" square when I was done with them.
Since the blocks finished at 20" after I was finished with them, I decided that that was plenty big enough, and didn't use my blocks in the quilt. I have something else planned for my blocks. I'll show them in a later post.
Well, the Christmas Party was last night. Good food, fun quilts, and quilty gifts, too! (more on that at the end of the post). Our usual 1 1/2 hour meeting turned into over 3 1/2 hours. This is my favorite quilt guild. It is a tiny guild (about 15 ladies in all), but, everyone gets along, and, since it is so small, no one gets 'lost' and newcomers are always welcomed (and welcomed and welcomed). You have to be more creative with your meetings when you are small and don't have much of a budget for speakers. We are always looking for new projects to 'demo'. Any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated. We can't bring machines very often, since several of the ladies just can't lift theirs into and out of their cars. That limits us.
|My block #2|
|My quilt top|
I am planning on adding borders to my quilt top. I'm going to add red to the top and bottom, and green to each side. I think this will make the 'alternate' pattern show up better. I think this quilt needs to be machine quilted, not hand quilted, so, since I don't machine quilt, I don't know when this quilt will be finished. Oh well.
|Thelma's quilt hanging #1|
|Thelma's quilt hanging #2|
Gwen (Thelma's daughter) decided to make wall hangings with her blocks. When Thelma saw them, she liked them and copied the idea. The extra blocks are on the back of the hangings, so that they can be turned over for a change. Gwen didn't bring her wall hangings, so, I don't have pictures of hers.
|Emily's 'pillowcase' with her quilt top|
Emily is sending her quilt and the pillowcase to a niece for Christmas. All the other kids in her family have Christmas quilts. I love her idea of using the extra block as a pillowcase.
|Marilyn's 'Jewish' Santa quilt|
Marilyn is Jewish, but wanted to participate in the Santa block exchange. She decided to add something 'special' to her quilt to make it fit her better. She used some of her Hanukkah fabrics to make Hanukkah gift blocks in the center of her quilt. I love the added 'stars' in her sashing, too.
Helen added the 'Merry' and 'Christmas' blocks to the bottom of her quilt. She did some great stitching in the sashing, too. It makes the quilt look like it has holly and berries on the sashing. Sew cute!
I love that no one's quilt turned out like someone elses (with the exception of Gwens and Thelma's, but, that one was planned). We quilters are a creative bunch.
We had a gift exchange, too. We could spend $10 on a 'quilty' gift. Below is what I got.
I picked my package because of the cute snowman, bell ornament on it. I'll have fun using these notions. I love notions! I could have used the Quilt block organizing hearts when I was putting the Santa blocks together. I just used strips of paper instead.
I hope you enjoyed my Santa block quilt show. Now, to the dentist, then, back to my Santa blocks that didn't go into the quilt. I'm occupying my sewing 'space' this week (since I don't have a sewing room).
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