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From: MaryW
Date: 09-19-2006, 12:32 PM (1 of 8)
Who is going to make a Christmas or holiday quilt of some sort. It can be as simple as red and green squares, don't drive yourself crazy.

Here are some very good lessons to look at. Maybe they can give you a head start.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 09-23-2006, 04:59 PM (2 of 8)
Mary, In our Shepherds Center Quilting classes for this fall (6 weeks, 1 day per week, 1 hour class) we are using Christmas fabrics and log cabin patterns.. Any of the variations that you would like.. I saw a new variation, a triangle.. Red center triangle and each side a different color group.. I have some cute little designs for the center triangle, and I'm thinking of making either mug rugs or hot pads for small remembrances.. I'm anxious to see how the triangle turns out..
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From: CodyGramma
Date: 09-23-2006, 06:25 PM (3 of 8)
I dug out my boxes of Christmas fabric daughter was here and has requested a quilted tree skirt so I let her pick out which materials she liked the best... it isn't going to be too tough as the quilty design is already in the fabric...there is one with a log cabin design and one is just squares and she liked them both so she told me to choose! LOL

I also found some fabric that would make a great tablecloth so I may make something like that for my sister as she is the one who does Christmas dinner each year.
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From: SewingStephanie
Date: 09-23-2006, 10:34 PM (4 of 8)
I made a very simple rail fence in cream, burgendy, and green. and got some of that beaufiful "cold noses" berry fabric for the berries. It love it. I havent quilted it yet, but when I do, I'll post a pic.
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Member since: 02-08-2006
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 09-24-2006, 07:48 AM (5 of 8)
I am making an Old World Sanata quilt for my OD. Well lets say I am going to try to make it and get it done by Christmas. I am also making some for the local Humane Society and the preemie unit at the hospital where my GD was born. Those of course will be simple squares.

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From: Patty22
Date: 09-24-2006, 09:40 AM (6 of 8)
I have a red and green sawtooth star quilt that I started in.......the 1980's. I took the block from the calendar book _A Quilt for all Seasons_ and just made multiples of the star. It was the small wall quilt for December and a pie is appliqued in the center with holly and berries. I omitted the applique but used the holly and berries as the quilting design. I pull it out every now and then thinking I'm going to finish quilting it, but end up putting it away for quilts I'm a little more excited about. I'm quilting it with red thread and the red and green stars have a plain white background.

I just finished hand quilting my princess feather quilt and I am just aching to start making a feathered star quilt out of Rothermel's 1880's quilt fabric. I just love every piece in that collection. I have the Marsha McCloskey's feathered star quilt book (I bought it in '86 :bg: ) and I just can't decided which feathered star design I want to use yet as I've made several of the designs and love them all.

Since I've been hand quilting at night I have gone into sewing machine withdrawals. My husband likes it when I sit with him at night and my sewing room is in the basement. It has gotten as bad as me dreaming of sewing at Dorothy's machine. Dorothy is wonderful and probably wouldn't mind me sitting at her machine, but come on, Dorothy and Wally were sleeping while I was at her house sewing :nervous: I guess I need to balance my sewing with hand quilting!

I also have been collecting patriotic fabrics and object prints for over 20 years and I have a quilt going on in my mind that is a reproduction of an 1880's ocean wave pattern.

Okay......I'm off now to make my PINK blocks.......
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Member since: 03-29-2006
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From: swartzrn
Date: 09-24-2006, 04:24 PM (7 of 8)
I haven't decided if I'm going to do anything specifically for myself as far as a Christmasy thing. I am doing a 12 Days of Christmas block swap and that may count for my Christmasy themed quilt. I am making alot of my Christmas gifts though this year. I am doing a handprint quilt for my MIL with handprints of all of the grandkids. I have been thinking and I think I am going to transfer the tracings of their hands over to fabric and applique them on blocks. For example, the grandson that just graduated Basic Training, I'll use some sort of patriotic themed fabric and so forth. Every grandchild is unique and I can find fabric with a theme or color to fit their personality or something they like (Sarah will have Elmo fabric!)
I am going to do a wall hanging of some kind for my mom and grandmother and am still looking for the perfect pattern and am doing an Army Star wall hanging for my FIL's office or something "Army."
So that's my Christmas plans. Now that Elizabeth's b'day quilt is behind me, I'll get started on my other projects.
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From: swartzrn
Date: 09-24-2006, 04:25 PM (8 of 8)
Patty--I wanted to also tell you that I hand quilt as well and my husband enjoys my sitting around the living room with him and chatting while he watches the baseball games or whatever is on TV. It's been alot of fun! I think my sewing machine is in shock as well! :)
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