Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas as they say here in the UK. I’ve been busy having a lovely time with my parents. We’ve been all over and are looking forward to a nice quiet day tomorrow cooking for Christmas Day.

I promised a Christmas quilt reveal! This is the retro Christmas sampler that I started about 2 years ago. I was worried it was starting to look a bit country but I think I saved it with the white mirror ball Michael Miller fabric sashing, the red and white stripe binding and the Christmas Lady on the back that reminds me of Betty Draper from Mad Men! It’s a good lap size and if I hadn’t wanted to get it done so badly I maybe would have added another 3 squares to make it a bit longer…

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Merry Christmas everyone. Have a wonderful day with family and friends.

Sweet March Block

I’ve been sewing up a storm here. I’ve been working on a little picture tutorial for the baby 9-patch quilt that I like to make and I’m almost done the pictures to write about that. In the mean time I quickly completed the March Sugar Block Club block. It’s called Forget Me Not. Here is a picture of the pattern from the club email…

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Amy Gibson is doing all of her blocks in solids.

I really like how this one turned out and I finally got to use one of the darker fabrics in the range…

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I’m quite chuffed with how all three have turned out so far and I love how they go together…

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This was a super quick and fun block so I decided to use the pattern for block 8 of my retro Christmas quilt too…

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The wee skater in the centre is too adorable!

I tried to take a picture of all the Christmas blocks that I have done so far. It was hard to fit it all in but here you go…

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Most of these blocks were done with mom at a quilt and knitting shop in Streetsville, ON called Ruti’s Needlebed. Having some instruction in more traditional and complicated quilt blocks was helpful. It was interesting to learn some different techniques. I feel much more confident now that I can figure many things out on my own. It is also much easier to watch the Craftsy.com videos that go along with the Sugar Block Club because I have more quilting basics under my belt. (That being said the learning videos on Craftsy are well done and easy to follow even for a true beginner.)