At the end of September, my church’s quilt group staged a beach retreat. Our packing list for the long weekend included 12 6″ Christmas-themed blocks. On Saturday evening, we exchanged our blocks, each of us receiving 12 different designs. Such a variety! From snowmen to mittens, to trees, stars and pinwheels. From simple to complex, pieced to appliqued. Since each quilter signed her block prior to the exchange, I have a wonderful reminder of time spent quilting with my friends in an idyllic setting.
At first, I thought I would make a table runner with the 12 blocks, but some of the blocks are directional and might look odd if viewed from the opposite side of the table. The various colors of the background fabrics added to the puzzle of how I should join them together into one quilt. I settled on framing the blocks with two colors of fabrics, red and gold. Any blocks with a red background were framed with gold tone-on-tone, and alternate blocks were framed with red micro dot. I found a yard of Christmas print in my stash that contained red, green, and gold which perfectly served as border and binding.
For quilting, I chose green thread and quilted holly leaves in each frame. I quilted various outline and filler designs in the blocks with green, red, or white thread as the motifs and backgrounds dictated. I meandered with green thread in the print border. Click on the picture to zoom in and view quilting details.
It’s time to decorate my home for Christmas, and I can’t wait to hang my Christmas sampler quilt!
I follow quiltiferous.wordpress.com written by my friend, Stacy. Stacy is hosting a Quilt Along in 2020, #christmasforayearqal. She personally wants to make several Christmas quilts and other decorative items in the coming year and invites us to quilt along with her. Stacy has rounded up some great prizes to energize and reward us. I posted a picture of my Christmas Sampler on Instagram and invite you to join in the fun. Here’s the link to Stacy’s blog which details the QAL: https://quiltiferous.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/christmas-qal-rules-and-prizes/