2/2/11

My ongoing project of love


So this is what I have been up to for quite awhile now in the evenings, a Christmas Quilt. There are a group of us at work making them, originally we hoped to finish for Christmas 2010, but now it will be 2011 when I finally get to use this!

The blocks are appliqued and then I am hand quilting around everything on each one, double click the piccie to see this better. When it's done, I will have the whole thing hand quilted by the ladies quilting group who originally introduced me to this wonderful craft. I hardly ever sewed a stitch and never sewed an item before I moved to Oklahoma!

This is just the centre section. It has a border around this and then one more row of blocks on each side featuring Christmas style trees and then a Gingerbread Man in each corner, and then the bound edge.

I am just putting the finishing touches to my Santa row at the moment, eyes, noses and something to finish out the hats on the end, which I am still trying to decide on.

Although it's taking many months, I really enjoy quilting and the detail and design involved. We have now just started our next project, which is a Queen size friendship quilt of Cupcakes and plan to exchange our blocks in April. We hope to finish out our Christmas quilts in March sometime, so I have plenty to keep me busy on these dark, cold winter nights!

Do you have a craft or hobby like this you enjoy?

19 comments:

gigihawaii said...

I hate to sew! But I do appreciate the handiwork of others. This one is quite beautiful!

Mary said...

This is adorable, Sarah. I learned to knit when I was a young girl but didn't do it for a few decades. A couple of years ago one of my good friends and I took a refresher class at the local yarn shop. I've been knitting since then. I love it!

Almost American said...

Oh my! What an enormous amount of work! It will be stunning when it's done! I know quite a few people who quilt, but most of them machine quilt.

I used to do counted cross-stitch, but since I've had kids I stick mostly to knitting.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love quilts. Your is very impressive.

Inconsequential Man said...

Those penguins are adorable! Seems like a lot of work though.

I paint a little, but nothing quite as impressive.

Amy said...

Wow, that's beautiful. I would love to try something like this, but I"m so intimidated by it!

Star said...

Your quilt does you credit Sarah, especially if it is the first one! You've done really well. I love the little snowmen. Can't wait to see the finished result. Keep stitching.
Projects? yes, I've always got something on the go. You can see my efforts on my stitching-stars Blog:
http://stitching-stars.blogspot.com

Expat mum said...

Wow Sarah, that is beautiful I'm quite the cratfer but I never got into quilting. I like to knit and sew. I used to do a lot of cross stitch but it's hell on the eyes and there's only so many cross-stitch gifts you can give.

Odie Langley said...

That is so beautiful and unique. Great job.

Pat - Arkansas said...

That is too cute, Sarah. You've done a great job with your applique. I hope you'll post a photo of the completed project; sounds darlin'.

Flea said...

WOW! This is gorgeous, Sarah! I've never been a quilter, but I know enough about it to appreciate it! I'm a smocker. :)

Gaelyn said...

Wow, I am impressed. Not being a sewer myself I can barely imagine how much time and work goes into a project like this. I like my crafts to be finished pretty fast so I can move on to the next idea.

Teaching a jewelry class tonight.

Stay warm.

Daryl said...

Sewing like math eludes me .. but I do love taking photos

A Brit in Tennessee said...

You've created an heirloom piece, it's precious.
My daughter quilts, I collect them :)
~Jo

George said...

Your doing a beautiful job with this quilt. I really like your figures. I hope you'll show us the finished product when it's done.

Sandy said...

*thud* Oh.So.Beautiful! I have always wanted to create a quilt but not sure I have the patience for it. I love to do counted cross stitch when I get the chance. I will be looking forward to seeing the cupcake quilt.

Jill of All Trades said...

That is so very cute. I've done a teensy bit of quilting and loved it, but my heart is with the painting.

Iota said...

When I first moved to America, I decided I'd like to take up quilting, and I looked for a group. I didn't find one, and somehow the moment passed. I would like to, though.

Lynn said...

I love hand quilting. I'm currently working on one I hope to get done by Christmas 2011. Yours looks beautiful. Very festive.