Sunday, September 27, 2015

Christmas Quilt Finished

Christmas Boxy Stars
This is my Christmas Quilt (did you see the previous post, where I talked about this quilt?).  I finished the binding this afternoon so I thought I would post pictures.  It is also made from the Boxy Stars pattern.  While I was making the Green/Blue Boxy Stars I figured out how to use the colors to make the stars show up.  This is the first quilt made that way.  I used reds and greens with white background.  The border is an older Christmas print that has been in my stash for ages.  The backing is a Christmas kittycat print that I had been holding for far too long.  The binding is a solid red with gold sparkles.

Christmas Boxy Stars with the corner turned back to show the backing fabric
While binding this quilt I thought about how perfect the design would be for a tree skirt.  I will use nine squares (instead of twelve) and leave one side open to go around the tree trunk.  I can't wait to get started on it!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Quilt Finish and September Lunch Bunch

Green/Blue Boxy Stars Quilt
I just finished this quilt.  It is called Boxy Stars and is found on Bonnie K. Hunter's website  It is one of the many free patterns Bonnie has given us.  For this quilt I alternated green and blue blocks.  The way I colored this one makes the boxes show up far more than the stars.  This one will be a Christmas gift for someone who may read my blog so I won't name that person.  I liked doing this pattern so much that I actually made two more:  the second one is in Christmas colors and the third one in purple and yellow.  The Christmas quilt is almost finished, I am about halfway around doing the hand sewing on the binding.  I will post a picture in the next day or two when I finish it.  The purple and yellow quilt is currently a quilt top and the batting and backing is ready for pin basting, which I will do as quickly as possible.  It will also be a Christmas gift.

Front row:  Jean Alford and Lynn Gray.  Back row:  Me, Pam Hyre, Mary Igo, Lois Pendleberry, and Kathleen Gross.
This picture was taken today at our September luncheon, held at Panera Bread in Charleston, WV.  This bunch of women (and there are more of them) makes pillowcases for two hospitals in our area for children who are admitted.  We give each hospital 40 pillowcases a month.  We try to meet for lunch once a month to plan for sew-ins where we provide pillowcase kits and show anyone who want to how to make a pillowcase.  Sew Many Blessings, a quilt shop in Huntington, WV, had a sew-in a couple of weeks ago and about 270 pillowcases were made and donated.  We are very happy to have their participation.