What joy the gospel gives me. I can approach the throne of God with confidence, not because I've done a good job at my spiritual duties, but because I'm clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. ~ C.J. Mahaney

Moving right along


First, I just want to say how excited I am to have finally figured out a way to improve the photo quality on the blog.  It is frustrating to take clear, bright photos and have them appear dull and flat once I upload them to Blogger.  So, Google being my BFF and all....I tracked down a way to do this using Flickr.  I have to use an added step, uploading the pics to my computer first, then to Flicker, then to the blog.  But it is going to be worth every extra calorie I burn to do it.

Here is where I am with "Oh, By Golly!"  I've just had the best time putting this together.  I'm not exactly sure how this one started.  But once it "clicked", I knew exactly how I wanted it to look.


I started out by drawing some Christmassy motifs on a paper and then cutting them out.  I played around with the colors to get the balance I was looking for, trying to alternate light and dark backgrounds.  These were rather primative drawings, just to help with placement and balance.


Then the fun began....actually bringing these guys to life! At first, I was going to fit them nicely on the inner block.  But the more I played around worked at it, the more I could see these happy pictures sort of spilling out over the sashing.  No need to hem them in on this quilt.  I'm going all out!


OK, I love this little mouse.  I got the idea for her from a Christmas story I had as a child.  I decided she needed a Santa hat and she needed to be looking at something.  Why not watch the clock as it strikes midnight on Christmas Eve??


So much fun color in this!  I wanted to have plenty of traditonal red and green, but also introduce the blues and pinks that make my heart happy!


Now I'm working on the border.  I'm stitching the letters by hand, in red and pink, to mirror that inner "bubblegum" border fabric. 

I'll have this done by next week, probably.  Atlantic Beach, NC, is calling my name.  So a few of us are heading that way to visit my mom and dad at their timeshare.  I'll be taking this along to finish. 


If you need me, I'll be in the comfy chair, by the window, overlooking the big, blue ocean!



Anonymous said...

It is looking awesome. I honestly don't know where you find the time for all the extra hand detailing, applique, etc. After my one project, I was worn out just cutting and piecing.

Hope something like this will be a give-away and that I might be lucky enough to win. I've yet to get a LL original despite watching so many of them take shape! Hint, Hint!! :-)

Have fun at the beach.


Laura Lee said...

Hint taken.... :-) Right now the Christmas give away is still in the daydream stage. I have a good idea what it will be, but just haven't pulled all the details together yet. I'd love to see you win it.

JoyinChina said...

Wow, you amaze me! What an absolutely adorable quilt. Love the colors and the detailing. You're so creative! I agree--I can't wait to see what your Christmas giveaway is going to look like! :)

Victoria Hart said...

Lovely quilt!!! I have been shopping for quilts lately, not sure why, maybe it reminds me of home: KY.
Happy to stumble onto your site. Lovely profile description of yourself!

Anonymous said...


The Christmas quilt is adorable. I love the ideas and the use of the bright, beautiful colors! Very nice!