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Handmade Christmas: Vintage Holiday

April 12th 2014

I am so excited that I finally finished this quilt, a little early, a little late, whatever! I made a pledge okay?

I pledge to make handmade_edited-1

It’s my Vintage Holiday quilt, pattern by Thimble Blossoms. Fabric Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille.


This is also my feature project for the Handmade Christmas challenge hosted by SewCalGal.


If you’ll recall, I had started piecing this last December in a frenzy and all I have to do is set a date to have everything else I can’t control, wreck my timetable.

vintage holiday tops and block pieces

Nevertheless, I was able to put it together before 2014 but not before last Christmas. Being that I always over-think how I lay out quilt blocks, my daughter (11) was helping me out with that, rearranging repeating patterns and colors. Because I was working with a jelly roll and charms pack, I had to “re-design” some of the blocks like those below.


I added a little Rick Rack detail on this one.


And made a box design here.


The backing is flowers, perfect for Spring if I wanted to flip it over!


I did all the quilting after the New Year (except for one block) and bound it just this week.  I feel so accomplised because not only is this the largest quilt I have made to date, but it was completely hassle free!


Yep! This one is a keeper!

Quilting Christmas…

December 16th 2013

Well, it feels like an eternity since I’ve blogged, I know I am neglecting you but sheesh! So much to get done and all in the same week! I have been busy as a bee in the Craft Corner

tub of quilts

and other corners around town, like at church, the mall, my kitchen


it’s definitely been a busy quilting year, but I am not done. I recently just finished these. Using the Firework pattern by Camille Roskelley this table runner is for my big sister, started it this summer!

Firework back firework table Firework runner Miralys firework outside




This table topper is for my little sister (yes we are all grown now!) The Christmas Fabric is Santa’s Workshop by Riley Blake, Niner pattern by Camille Roskelley. Basically it’s a nine patch arranged in Granny Square style. So easy and fun. Definitely will make another one of those!

Niner table Niner outside Niner Lizette Niner drape Niner back


This one is all wrapped up but I can’t show it to you yet…..

rolled patch

And I’m still working on the Vintage Holiday quilt but I’m already quilting it!  This is the biggest one I’ve done as of yet and I am learning about large quilts!  Making the “JUMBO” sandwich and basting and getting the backing together AND SMOOTH was no easy task! The quilting is coming along slowly, I need more “support” so it doesn’t have drag as I move it around. So fun!

Here are the blocks before they were snowballs!

vintage holiday blocks

vintage Holiday stipple

And with that, I’m going to leave you until next time, when I show you the whole thing!

Friday Night Block Party: Snowball

December 6th 2013

 I’m soooo excited for this week’s

pinwheel block party

because I am featuring my December Fun Quilt Vintage Holiday by Camille Roskelley from Thimble Blossoms.

The whole quilt is based on the Snowball block #81 in the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Sampler.

snowball block#81

Each one is jazzed up in a different way.

I have to tell you that this quilt has been the MOST ANTICIPATED quilt ever for me.  I was secretly saving it to really pay it some well deserved attention.  It was one of the very first patterns I bought and really, truly Vintage Modern is one of my absolute favorite fabric lines.

vintage holiday jelly roll

So today I really just dedicated the whole day to cutting, and piecing and even made a few of my own blocks because I am strictly working with a jelly roll and charms pack.  The reason being that since it was one of my earliest fabric collection purchases, I didn’t splurge.  It was only after the fact, that I later bought some yardage for the sashing and backing.  And I have some other fabric as back-up in case I want to mix and match.

vintage holiday fabric options

 I can’t tell you what a fantastic and productive and overall just excellent day it has been sewingly, that is. Really everything has gone off without a hitch! Even the bobbin hasn’t run out!  (Of course, you might have seen all my excitement on Facebook)

First, I cut all the neutral fabric, the white is “SNOW” by KONA. I bought a whole jelly roll of it so I just pulled several strips out as the pattern indicated and had a couple to spare (smart cutting).  The hardest part for me was picking out the fabrics for each block, I always over think it, but gradually it all worked out. I made sure to use my absolute favorites (there are several!)  So I made the tops (on the left) and have the blocks ready to sew!

vintage holiday tops and block pieces

Even though I had planned on doing 2 blocks a day. It just won’t wouldn’t work because first you have to cut it all!  Then I pieced as much as I could until I got this pressing pile.

vintage holiday ready to press

Then I pressed and continued piecing the blocks and this is where I stopped.

vintage holiday blocks

Tomorrow I will turn them into “SNOWBALLS” by adding a white square to each corner kind of like Flying Geese fashion.  The white will make everything pop.  I promise to be back with those real soon. I’ll also let you know which block designs I had to change or adapt to accommodate my charms and jelly roll fabric sizes.  The best part was that I still had so much of this yummy fabric left to make another one!

vintage holiday leftovers

I think my new tradition will be to make one every year!