Sunday, December 29, 2013

My “Countdown To Christmas” Quilt

Back in September,
I shared my "Countdown to Christmas"
quilt top, once I finished piecing it.

At that stage, it is called a "flimsy" 
because it is so lightweight...
no batting or backing or quilting.

The star points are supposed to be  
"wonky", as in different lengths &
with points not touching the edges.
They are to appear as if
they float within the
large white square.

The free pattern, called "Starrey Eyed Quilt"
(not a typo... that is how they spelled it)
is available on Moda's website

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 I picked it up from Janice at
The Ewe Tree... the gal who
does my the long arm machine quilting,
just in time for Christmas.
I was thrilled with how she quilted it!
I gave her free reign &
 just told her to "have Fun doing it!"

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 She does all hand-guided quilting, 
nothing computerized.
I love how she placed swirls & 
curly-Q's inside the squares.
That technique of juxtaposing patterns
always adds interesting contrast for the eye.

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All month, I've had the quilt draped
 over the banister railing,
 leading downstairs, 
where everyone who came to visit 
could immediately see it. 

I hate to put it away!
I think I'll leave it over the back
 of the sofa in my sewing room,
where I can enjoy seeing it every day!

I hope YOU enjoyed seeing it today, too.
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  1. The quilt is beautiful! I know you will enjoy it for years to come!

  2. Christmas quilts are so fun....I hated packing mine away too!

  3. Very pretty Rett! I can't imagine the amount of time and work that goes into these art pieces! I love all of the curly Q's:@)

    1. Do those curly Q's remind you of anybody you know & love??? Hahahaha!

  4. I don't blame you at all for not wanting to put this beautiful quilt away yet. Enjoy it for awhile longer and then store it for years and years of Christmas charm.

  5. Oh Rett, the quilt is gorgeous!!!! It s a good idea to leave it out in your sewing room so that you can enjoy it. I love the intricate detail of the quilt. What a beautiful job you both did! Happy New Year to you and thank you for your inspiration. xo

  6. Your Christmas quilt is just gorgeous and I love the quilting she did on it.

  7. Hmmmm, my first comment did not go???? And, you know it is always more difficult to repeat.

    Your quilt is so very beautiful...and I gushed a bit more about your long arm quilter and the terrific work she does, and then I wnt on and begged you to leave the quilt up a bit longer...and asked will you be replacing it with a beautiful blue one?

    1. Thank you Linda for "recreating" your lost comment...yes, it IS hard to repeat one. I appreciate you trying & I thank you for your kind words, too.
      I have my blue Indigo Stars quilt hanging on the wall between the dining room & the great room. So far, that is the only truly "blue" quilt that I've made.
      I'm going to try to get one with RED hearts completed before Valentines Day!!

  8. I love your quilt and the way your friend did the quilting. It is a piece of art. I would never take it down from the banister.
    My sweet SIL pieces and quilts. She is also an artist and she has, what I think is a "long arm" quilting machine. It seems to extend all across her craft room. I didn't know the name of it. She also does her own designs.
    Have you ever been to Paduach Ky? They have a quilting convention each year and I think a quilt museum. My daughter lives near but but I have never been. Need one of those "round tuits".
    Happy New Year, Ginger

    1. I've not yet been to Paduach, KY but it is on my *bucket list* for sure! I've been to the Houston, TX Quilt Show several times & can't wait to go back to that one again too.
      I'm envious of your SIL's big quilting frame. Would love to watch her work is fascinating!
      Thank you for your kind words, too.

  9. Rett, what a beautiful quilt. It would be very hard to put that away, hope you keep it out and enjoy it for a long time.

    1. Thank you, Nonie! I want to enter it into the show in the fall, so I really should put it out of the reach of the grandkidlets. Just my luck something would get spilled on it. After the show, I won't care but I'd like to keep it pristine just until then.

  10. Things of beauty should never be hidden away, and your quilt is a thing of beauty that you should enjoy every day.

  11. Beautiful quilts! Happy New Year, Rett!...Christine

  12. It is a beautiful quilt and the quilting is amazing. Can you share what type of thread she used, it seems to be floating on top of the fabric. Elaine,

    1. Elaine, I have sent you an email but I honestly can't answer your question! I have no idea what name brand of thread she uses...all I know is that it is white! LOL
      I know the effect that you're seeing & I think it is a trick of the camera, as the quilting doesn't "float on top" like you see in the picture. I've noticed that effect before & it has something to do with the light. OR the lack of it, I should say. We've have very grey days here in Ohio lately with lots of snow clouds.

  13. Rett, this is just fabulous! Do leave it out where you can enjoy it. I love the colors and the design and the quilting! You are soooooooo talented. You never cease to amaze me with all you accomplish!

    happy New Year to you and yours, my friend!



  14. She did a magnificent job! I love the fabric patterns!!! You gave her free reign, and she went for broke!!! I would hate to have to put it away, too!!!! Enjoy it, and have a wonderful New Year!

  15. Rett, I ADORE your quilt, I wouldn't want to put it away either! The curlicues in the quilting add such wonderful texture and interest! Wishing you many happy quilting & sewing hours in 2014!


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