Saturday, May 1, 2021

Xmas in May!

Well, we had snow yesterday and it was still on the ground this morning!  

I finished my Xmas quilt this week and finally was able to go outside to take a photo.  Perfect timing.  A Xmas quilt and snow!  How perfect is that!

The ground was wet, so my quilt could not be unfolded and draped onto the ground for photos.  So, a swing will just have to do for now.  Snow had to be brushed off the swing so that my quilt did not get wet.  Snow in May!  We've seen snow in June ..... so stay tuned!   LOL

So, inside photos will have to do.  Here is it all unfolded.  I love it!  Come December, how lovely it will look hanging in our foyer.
A close-up of the quilting.
Quilt Details:

Pattern:  "Pressed Flowers" by The Rabbit Factory.  In case anyone asks me, when I'm done with a pattern, it gets passed to a friend as is the case with this pattern.

Started:  July 2009

Top finished:  Feb. 2019

Quilt finished:  April 2021 .... just shy of 12 years!  I'm killing myself laughing!

Quilt size:  103-1/2" x 104-3/4" (before quilting and washing:  104-3/4" x 105").  There was not much shrinkage because this quilt was dried (folded in half) on a clothes rack.  I find that when I use polyester as batting, my quilts look better when they are dried on a rack.

Hand Quilting:  I did stitch-in-the-ditch around all the applique.  Yes, I know it is extra work, but I'm so much happier with the look.

Machine Quilted by:  Kathy Wareham of Kat's Quilts.  It was quilted using "Stars at the Gate" design by Christy Dillon of My Creative Stitches.

Another UFO is done, done, done!  I'm so doing the happy dance!

I did have another April finish, but it was for the Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap 2021.  Photos will have to wait until the person receives it.  So, later on that!

Behind the scenes, batting pieces are getting sewn together for another quilt.  This will be #3 from my bins of batting scraps.  In a few weeks time, a friend and I are getting ready to take a drive (we wear masks in the car) to see our LAer.  I'm hoping to take at least two tops with me so I had best get busy, busy, busy making more batting and backing!

Tomorrow, we are doing a drive-by birthday party for a 9 yr. old niece.  This will be her second drive-by birthday.  Last year, we all thought that was a one and only occasion but how wrong we were.  A bunch of us have had at least one vaccine shot, but we are all taking things carefully and listening to the experts.  Our area currently has 16 active cases of covid-19 for a total of 351 cases since the start of the outbreak.  That is low compared to other areas, but still too high.

Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!


gladiquilts said...

Gorgeous quilt!!! Congratulations for finishing after so many years!

Chookyblue...... said...

It's that like the last hoorah of snow or will you still get more?
The quilt is beautiful and congrats on getting it finished..... Bet you can't wait for Christmas now too hang out up.....I know of be pretty excited.....
Hope your niece enjoys her drive by birthday party......
Stay safe.....

Florida Farm Girl said...

I love your Christmas quilt! Such a great use of prints and ticking stripes and applique.

Jennifer said...

Your new quilt is gorgeous and it will be good to have up at Christmas......the way time is rushing by, that will be here before we know it. Happy birthday wishes to the birthday girl - my goodness, nine already? She can't be!

karenbbsnow said...

Stunning!! Congratulations on an amazing finish, I love the soft blue striped inner border.

Kyle said...

What a fabulous finish! It will be perfect for the holidays or now if the weather stays cold enough to snow. (We've had snow in May too). It's a great feeling to be accomplishing so many WIPs. Keep up the good job!!