And the satisfaction of when you can go from this:
...to this in a matter of a few hours over the weekend:
What a great feeling!! Six baubles completed - only six more to do!
About a month ago, The Fabric Mutt announced the 'Vintage Holiday' Quilt Along. It only took me a second to decide that I definitely wanted to make a Christmas quilt. I purchased the pattern from Camille Roskelley (she's the Swoon pattern maker) and I spent a few days picking out fabrics from my stash. At first I picked some Kona solids mixed with various Pezzy prints and dot fabrics in mostly greens and reds. I also ordered some Brrr fabrics and added a few solids to that pile to see what that would look like. Then I looked at some of 'my precious' plaid fabrics and 'my precious' snowflake fabrics ('Winter Song' by Deb Strain for Moda - purchased almost 3 years ago!!) that were in a drawer and immediately decided that they were the fabrics for this quilt.
Looking at the pile, I figured it would turn out sort of cottage-y, maybe a bit vintage-y, somewhat shabby-chic like, and perhaps a little contemporary-country. I am quite pleased with it so far and am loving it the more it all comes together. I am a great fan of plaids and when I first started quilting I thought that I would only ever use plaids and checks in my quilts, along with stripes and dots and spots! Then I discovered Moda and then all of the other fabulous fabric manufacturers out there and the poor pile of precious plaids sat for a long time, quietly waiting for their turn to come again. They nearly suffocated in a drawer with all of the other fabrics crowding them out!!
So yay for the plaids - they are quickly becoming a precious Christmas quilt! Six more baubles to make, Kona Ash sashing to add and a border (still to be determined) to sew on and then the top is done [and ready for linking up to My Precious QAL]! Yay! It will be loved as much as my other plaid quilts and I may add a hanging sleeve to it as well so I have the option of making it a wall hanging for the holidays if I want to. 'Vintage Holiday' is a fantastic pattern -- very easy to follow (and you know me and understanding patterns!!). I would like to make a table runner too but don't want to get ahead of myself because Christmas is only 134 days away and I have loads of other projects on the go!
Yes you read that correctly - Christmas is only 134 days away! I'll leave you here to go ponder that!!
Linked to Plum & June