This year I made haste and got all of our Christmas presents wrapped and under the tree so we could relax and have an enjoyable day on Christmas Eve as a family. In the afternoon, we made a yummy casserole for supper, frosted Christian's 18th birthday chocolate cake... then settled in for a long afternoon of Christmas movies and time together. It was one of my most enjoyable times on record, I believe. I sewed and sewed and sewed, drank coffee, the family mingled, talked, napped and in between we went from one old movie to the next. (We discovered a new one we hadn't seen or heard of before - "It Happened on 5th Avenue". It is now a new favorite to add to our repertoire.... although nothing tops "Holiday Inn", of course.)
The quilt pattern I worked is called the Cozy Christmas Quilt -- click here to download the free pattern and for a link to the quilt sew-along with Lori Holt.
One thing I did different than Lori's sew along was to make all my appliqued blocks first. I used my Bernina for all the applique work, so I could save all the remaining sewing and piecework for my Featherweight. :)
Next I sewed all the half square triangles and flying geese. (I love my Sewline trio pencil for drawing all those diagonal lines!)
Then it was all pieced on my Singer Featherweight!
(love, love, love my Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide for the straight seams!)
I made some changes to the embroidery designs with a few of the blocks:
While we are not really into the Santa / Reindeer thing, we do have a lot of deer around our home year round and this was just too cute to not include in the quilt. I adjusted the size of the nose, eye, ear and antler placement.
Here is the finished Cozy Christmas Quilt Top
It was a fun day and now this quilt will be ready for the quilter and finished in time for next Christmas!