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?