It's warm here...lower 70s today, gentle breeze. I admit to loving this weather and staying outside as much as possible, even dragging all the school books outside during the week allowing us to soak in the sunshine and fresh air. So it wasn't the easiest thing to come inside and work on the Christmas give-away quilt, even though I've been itching to get my hands on this delicious fabric! Incidentally, I have yet to figure out a satisfactory method for sewing outside. I did manage to cut out an entire quilt while sitting on my deck one spring. The sewing machine and all the associated paraphernalia necessary for piecing a quilt, however, are a bit cumbersome to haul into the great out-of-doors.
So, alas, I settled for staying in with the windows open while getting a little work done this afternoon. I confess to loving these colors...a lot. The bulk of this quilt is red and white, but there is a fair amount of green and aqua thrown in for fun and whimsy. Having constructed the center block, I laid it out with some of the surrounding pieces to get a feel for the final effect. And as much as I'd love to keep you all in suspense, I'm not very good at secrets. This will have a couple small borders, one including the sweetest little prairie points. I've never put prairie points on a quilt, but I know I'm going to love doing them. And you'll like them, too. Trust me.
These little hollies and berries will be hand appliquéd. I'm debating whether the whole thing will be hand or machine quilted. No doubt about it, machine quilting goes so much faster; but, hand quilting just gives the piece a "stitched-with-love" feel. So about that...
...I guess you'll know when I know.
That's the way I roll.
Meanwhile, if you'd like your name in the hat for the drawing to win this, just leave me a comment, fire me off an email, or give me a holla on Facebook. You know how to find me.