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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

Sneak Peek

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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.

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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.

Love,

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, G~Mama wants her name in the "pot" for the drawing! Maybe my luck will win out this time!

JoyinChina said...

I really do love the colors and pattern of this one. The great thing about quilted wall-hanging and table toppers is that they brighten up the whole room for a holiday, but fold up nicely for the transient lifestyle of a missionary. Hope I win! :)

theaikenite said...

I have no idea what a prarie point is but I want the quilt! Love, love, love the colors.

Hannah (FDIL) said...

You know, Hannah wants her name in the pot too. Looks beautiful and I could use it for my new apartment next Christmas :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like it will be gorgeous as usual. Guess I am not eligible this time around having won the last one, oh well. Maybe next time. The candle by the way, smells great, as expected. I've burned about 25% of it so far. I've actually remembered to light it when I was home, and stayed home long enough for the wax to get good and melted. HA!!

Have a good day.
Rochelle

Kimberly Adams said...

I definitely want my name in for this one......it's just going to be gorgeous! :)

Abby St.Clair said...

I want my name in, too! One day I will have a home........I think.

Mary Beth said...

It's looking good! I still love all those colors! Add my name to the drawing, please!

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful! Your sweet, warm personality comes out in your quilts...

Love ya!
Susan B.

Aunt B (Reynolds) said...

Our soon-to-be-daughter would love this as a wintry-Christmasy quilt in her new room. We are waiting until she comes home to let her pick the colors/decor for her new room. Love to all the Aiken family - Beth

Leann said...

I would love to have my name in the drawing. It would be an amazing addition to my home next year! The colors and design are beautiful.

-Leann Edwards