Monday, June 15, 2009

CHRISTMAS QUILT UPDATE

Just a quick update for the Sew 'n Sews group I belong to. I am posting a photo of the latest two blocks that I have finished. The church and the pine tree block. I also finished the last checkerboard section but am not posting a picture of it. I changed the construction of the church a bit. Instead of all the pieces needed to have the windows inset, I just appliqued the windows on and made it a one piece section behind there. Made piecing a bit easier on this block. Also, the pine tree block suggested having the lightest color for a tree as the biggest tree. I think having the darkest the furtherest back and the lightest in the front is more correct. Things that are further away appear darker.
I used a snowflake print for the sky on the church block. And the beige for the building itself actually has snowflakes on it. They just aren't very easy to see. If you are interested in seeing the other blocks I already have finished, look here.

I spent some time yesterday evening doing hand applique on another Christmas quilt. I have not posted any of the blocks because I need to make "eyes" and haven't done that yet. I think I will do all the eyes at one time. I am working on the 6th of 9 blocks for this quilt.

Stop back again soon for a visit.

Karen

30 comments:

Gwendie said...

Nice blocks, Karen! Snowflake fabrics are so fun to use. I agree that the darker tree should be in the back. I like your method of appliqueing the windows.

em's scrapbag said...

Very nice. I think you did right by putting the darker tree in the back. I also really like the watering can and the dog block in your previous post.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Oh they are turning out so nice Karen! I can't wait to see that quilt done :o)

Carol said...

I really like those blocks...I'll be looking forward to it all coming together.

Carrie P. said...

Very cute! It is your quilt so change whatever you want to makes it yours. I love it.

call me crazy said...

Very clever to put the lightest tree in the front!~ you are right, that's the way they would look in life. ;-) Nice blocks!~ and I peeked back at the others and discovered a quilt I missed from the magical closet! :-)) I love the baskets too! ;-)

Crispy said...

Oh I really love those blocks. The trees are just perfect the way you did them!!

Crispy

Kathy said...

I love your blocks; this is going to be a nice Christmas quilt.

Sherri said...

Beautiful blocks! This really is the time to be working on Christmas quilts!

julieQ said...

Love the depth you created in your tree block. Lovely blocks!

Myra said...

Awesome new blocks there Karen! 8-)

Cattinka said...

You will have a beautiful christmas Quilt, it looks very nice already.
KATRIN W.

QuiltSue said...

The tree block is great, and I think you were right to swap the light and darks around. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Micki said...

I love your applique work, and it is going to be a lovely XMAS quilt!
Micki

Suzanne said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice compliment. The Christmas blocks are looking very nice - love your color choices. I look forward to seeing this quilt completed.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the trees - looks great with the lighter fabric in front. And the church windows look fantastic.
Kris

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Soooo nice Karen. Your work is beautiful.

Mary said...

Very nice blocks, can't wait to see more!

Libby said...

The snowflake print is inspired *s*

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love your Christmas blocks. I like the darker tree in the back, too.

Can't wait to see your Christmas applique!

Karen said...

Love your blocks! Great job!

Teresa said...

The blocks look wonderful. I think these blocks just shout home home and comfort.

Cornfield Quilter said...

I love the blocks and especially the snowflake sky block! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. Just gotta love a finish, no matter how old the project. :D

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, looking forward to seeing the Christmas Quilt finished.....love the colours you are using...Regards Lyn

Bunny said...

Hi again.Love the darder tree in the back too.
Thanks for popping by and yes those tea roses are tea bags love them. Hugs

Anonymous said...

I just came across your blog and WOW! I adore the country/primative quilts the most. Yours are fabulous. I really like that "Raise the Flag" one. I hope you dont mind, I joined your followers so I can keep admiring your work!

Lea said...

Oh, I love your blocks. It's very effective to use snowflak fabric for a background, love it!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Karen, I saw your post on Nicoles blog about the Audrey Hepburn movie where she is blind. I have that movie, it is called "Wait Until Dark" and it was made a long time ago, I don't remember a dryer in the movie though that doesn't mean it isn't there...I haven't watched it in years. Her hubby is out of town and the bad guys come to her house looking for the 'doll'. It has something inside they want (a key I think but not sure on that either, maybe drugs or money) She is trying to defend herself from these guys as she realizes what they bad but doesn't know what they want initially. Richard Crenna plays one of the bad guys but presents himself to Audrey as an old friend of her hubbys come to visit to gain her trust. A very good movie. Thanks for reminding me...I'm going to have to go pull it out of the cabinet and watch it this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Love your blocks! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Karen said...

Great blocks Karen!