"Whatever your hands find to do, verily do it with all your might" Ecclesiastes 9-10

Friday, March 23, 2007

SOMETHING FOR NEXT CHRITMAS... (two posts today !)



Yes, I have finally started a Christmas quilt. I needed something to hand stitch and to take along with me, so I thought this was the perfect pattern. It's an easy "folding" technique, needing some preparation, but when it's pieced together... it's finished ! (no additional quilting necessary). When I look at it, I see poinsettias (we call them Christmas roses, here)... do you see them, as well ?
The process starts with strip piecing :
one large strip (the red one) - 6.5 inches - sewn together with two smaller ones (the greens) - 2 inches
Then you cut big circles (I make 7 circles out of one length),
baste your circles with an 1/4 in. seem allowance,
put a 6 inch square batting + fabric, diagonally,
fold + pin or baste the four sides,
hand quilt the four arcs,
and finally whip stitch all your squares together.
And it's FINISHED !
I need 99 squares (yes, I'm optimistic!), for a big throw. I already pieced all strips + cut all circles and squares, and basted 21 squares..... That will be a nice project to take with me to Spain...
When seeing it, one of my bee's friends wanted to make one too. She chose autumn fabrics, and it looks beautiful ! (I think it would look terrific too with pastel tones and romantic roses as centers, or in batiks...).

34 comments:

  1. That looks wonderful! What a great project.

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  2. Your Christmas throw will be fabulous. I also like the easter bunnies. :-)

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  3. Love it !!!
    I have done a lot of japaneese folding (as we call it) but never like this. A great project to bring to spain.

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  4. I really like that pattern. You chose great colors and I totally see the poinsettias. Beautiful.

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  5. Absolutely love the plaid for the background squares ... what a refreshing change from a neutral! This block looks like fun to make.

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  6. Hello!
    Very weel done Nadine. thank you
    this work is very nice
    have a good weekend

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  7. Sort of a cathedral window with a twist. What is the diameter of the circle?

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  8. Those are beautiful. What a terrific hand project. When you're done, you're done! You went to "bee" the other night and returned with a terrific new project.

    Call your "friend" and show this project to her. LOL I didn't know that you referred to them as "Christmas Roses" - what a great name. I will always remember them that way. I really like that!

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  9. Oh my gosh Nadine, that is for me isn't it! I just LOVE the fabrics and colors and the design is so cool! Just a small table matt will do!!! :) I can't wait to see yours grow, it is very cool. I may have to save these instructions and try it sometime!

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  10. Nadine, that is a great version of japanese folding tecnique! I made a small project in the tecnique some years ago, and have been contemplating whether to have another go. I really have save your version and try it!

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  11. Oh Nadine, I love your christmas project-it is absolutely beautiful! Such rich colors and pretty fabric. Great job :)

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  12. Hi Nadine, your Christmas project is BELLO, BELLO ,BELLO I wrote in Italian because so I think you can understand better that I was really touched!
    ciao ciao

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  13. I absolutely love that!1 I can't work out how it is done, but I love it.
    ps I also have 'big eyes, small stomach' disease, how can you not when the quilting on the internet is like a buffet!! tracey

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  14. It´s funny to work on a christmas projekt with next easter in calender. But you´re right... so it will be finished in time. Happy quilting!

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  15. I really like this design, it will be wonderful to snuggle under next Christmas. I like the idea of it done in other seasonal colours too. Have a wonderful time in Spain - sunshine and warmth, lucky girl!

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  16. this is something that's new to me. I will have to give it a try some time. I like the fabrics you are using.

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  17. How ingenious - reminds me of 'cathedral window' patchwork. It is so effective with the strip-piece circles.

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  18. And, here again is why I put off reading all you wonderful bloggers' pages! I, too, am a quilt 'piggy'! lol I want to do it all!! Love your Christmas quilt design. Another one for the "to do" list!

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  19. Wow!!! Very beautiful!!!Grande Nadine :)))

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  20. That's a neat technique, Nadine. It gives the block such an interesting look.

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  21. That looks great. At first I thought....where can I find a stripe that is the right width....duh on me! Gorgeous!

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  22. The colour choices are perfect! I hope you make it to 99 blocks. Good luck.

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  23. Nadine....you visited my blog so I decided to visit yours....thank you!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your thoughts and insights...you are an inspiration!

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  24. Great colors. I like to have a carry along project for traveling too. My Dad used to tell me my Grandmother started her Christmas projects on the 2nd of January...you must be cut of the same cloth!

    Siobhan

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  25. Buon viaggio e buona vacanza. ciao ciao

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  26. What cool bunnies, Nadine!

    Never too soon to get started on a Christmas project either.

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  27. I like the japanese folding technique as well and I will show it at my next hand sewing workshop. Now I can give my students the address of your blog for more inspiration. Thank you. Have a nice time in Spain.

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  28. Makes me think of giant cathedral window blocks. How interesting! Yes, I see poinsetias - this will be a great Christmas quilt.

    Have a super trip - we'll miss you!

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  29. I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one working on a Christmas quilt in March. It looks wonderful. Have a fantastic trip.

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  30. Great project. Another one to put on my list :))

    I can see that it would be a good one to take on a trip -- like to Spain. Have a wonderful vacation - take lots and lots of pictures for us to see.

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  31. How beautiful!
    Hope you love our county, have a wonderful vacation time here.
    Hugs from Spain
    Ana

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  32. Thanks, thanks, and thanks!!! a great job and a good explanations!! I'm so happy for find you. I know the technique but you have gime a great idea for a table runner. Greeatings from barcelona!!

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  33. Hola !! Thanks for your post , it´s so beautiful !! I will do it . Thanks again . Hug,s from Chile , saludos, Vero

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