QUILT INFO

The quilt shown in the header is from a pattern by Ginger Cookie Company caled "Basket of Sunflowers".

Thursday, December 30, 2010

CHRISTMAS QUILT BLOCK OF THE MONTH

I have spent the last three days working and working on the Christmas quilt block of the Month by Jeanna Kimball.  The pattern set is from 1995 or so.  I started working on the quilt early in 2009 but other quilt projects kept getting my attention.  I have just let this project drag on too long.  So, I made up my mind I was going to get the top together this week.  I had lots of parts made and felt like it would not take a lot of time to complete.  Wrong!  I have spent a lot of time for three days on the project and still have a few blocks to make.
Here is where I am at on the project.  Sewing the blocks together has been a challenge.  Almost all of the assembly has been a series of partial seams.  I have to study and decide what I can get together with a partial seam to attach something else.  Not the most fun.  The missing areas need a few blocks made to go with what I have done and waiting.  I hope to get close to done today.  I have substituted a few blocks for ones I did not care for.  The holly wreath is going to get buttons sewn on for the holly berries.  I am going to use buttons on the gingerbread man and ladies.  I am doing raw edge machine applique instead of hand applique on this project.  I don't think I would have done this project otherwise.  Two of my friends have been working on the same quilt.  I think one is probably done with hers though I have not been to the Sew 'n Sews group for a while to see her progress.

Back to the sewing machine.

Karen

39 comments:

  1. You sew, girl!! It is too cute not to finish!!

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  2. Itś a gorgeous quilt! Go on!
    Greetings, Cisca

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  3. Congrats on tackling this UFO!
    It looks AMAZING so far!
    I too would be frustrated with all those partial seams.
    Love your idea of button embellishments!
    Can't wait to see the finished top!

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  4. It's an adorable quilt! The buttons sound perfect!!

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  5. That quilt is too cute not to finish. I've substituted blocks to get something done and I usually love the quilt more.

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  6. I belong to a sew 'n sews group also!
    Love this quilt, but it sure is labour intensive, eh? Wow!
    It's gorgeous!

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  7. Karen, as usual , your work is always a pleasure to see.

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  8. This quilt is gorgeous. All your hard work is paying off. Here's to a productive day of sewing.

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  9. It is a very, very nice quilt, you will finisch it before next christmas!

    greetings, Jeannet

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  10. Well, I am sure you will finish it up. It's such a cute quilt. Some of the blocks in the Civil War Tribute quilt were partial seems.

    Enjoy your day of quilting

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  11. I love this quilt. I started mine in 2003 -- it's my oldest UFO. Stalled with the applique. Can't wait to see yours.

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  12. Oh I love it-I would not love the partial seams sewing either. but I can't wait to see it all together-way to go.

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  13. Way to go! It looks great! I hate it when things take longer than I anticipate, but this quilt is definitely worth all the hours you put into it!

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  14. A lot of partial seams CAN start to be a pain, but the quilt is gorgeous. I know all the trouble will be so worth it when it's done! I just love it!

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  15. You will be so much farther ahead for next Christmas. I'm cheering you on!!

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  16. Good for you for finishing up a UFO! Jeanna Kimball is a local quilter here in Utah and her designs are so awesome! You're doing a great job on it!

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  17. This is a wonderful set of patterns, too cute to not finish. As for doing machine app vs hand, they both take time, I love both methods. Just focus on the beautiful finish you'll have for next Christmas!

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  18. That is going to be one fun quilt when completed! Hang in there. You are doing wonderful work on it and you will really enjoy it having it all put together. It will really be an accomplishment!

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  19. Even with all your challenges, it's a beautiful quilt. Keep at it, you are doing great!!!

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  20. It's looking awesome. What is so amazing to me is that after 15 years (1995) it still looks so good. Well at least to me, I love folk art!! Don't stop now!

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  21. That is going to be fantastic when it's done!

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  22. you go girl!! Its great to see that I'm not the only one who gets behind. I'm also seeing more raw edge applique. Did not know there was such a thing until recently...

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  23. Karen, that certainly looks like a lot of work. But it will be wonderful looking when done. I understand what you are saying about putting it together, I've done a couple like that. But when the blocks are different sizes, I guess that is the only way to do it.
    I did Heather French's raw applique for my daughter and she loved it. So easy. It was called French Roses.

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  24. think how flad you will be when this is done! it is very cute so far

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  25. What a great quilt and worth it to finally get it finished!! It looks like it won't be too much longer.

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  26. WOW this is going to be wonderful Karen!! Partial seams are hard enough by hand, I can't imagine tackling them by machine!!

    Crispy

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  27. Karen it's gorgeous, but partial seams??? I have enough trouble with regular seams. Raw edge applique is so much faster than needleturn...that would be my choice for sure, lol. I wish you success on getting it done!

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  28. Karen,
    The quilt looks like alot of work, but well worth the time. Love the santa in the sleigh block. Just remember, sometimes its okay NOT to finish a project, we sometimes put ourselves under to much stress. (ask me how I know)LOL
    Wendy

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  29. Good on you tackling one of your UFOs Karen, you'll be so glad when it's done and enjoy that sense of accomplishment!

    Happy New Year 2011 Karen!

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  30. What a great quilt! I just love it. You are so ahead for Christmas 2011. LOL

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  31. Oh but it is so worth the work! I LOVE this quilt! I don't think I've ever seen it before. I love it!

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  32. beautiful, you have to keep going!
    Great pattern, I don't ever remember seeing it before.
    Kathie

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  33. WOW! This will be a treasure...keep going, it's beautiful!

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  34. Karen, The quilt is gorgeous and I truly hope you can fall totally in love with it when it is finished. I know a lady that ends up resenting quilts that she 'struggles' with to the point that after the top is finished, it goes in the closet, never to be seen again! What a sad thing. Though I know you wouldn't do that, I do know that if I don't enjoy the projects as I work on them, they are somewhat less dear to me. Well, I really was just stopping by to wish you a most Blessed New Year and thank you for your generosity and inspiration through the months since Mary (Quilt Hollow) pointed the way to your blog. I hope 2011 holds wonderful things for you! Hugs...

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  35. Wow Karen, your quilt is so beautiful!! The work is amazing!
    Desi

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  36. That quilt is beautiful! Can't wait to see your progress!

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  37. felicidades por el blog, es una maravilla. Besos
    congratulations on the blog, is a marvel.

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