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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Ho Ho Ho OH NO!





So exactly 2 months from today is Christmas!!! You know that time will fly by in the blink of an eye. I started this quilt during the summer. It is a complete kit by MODA, the only thing I needed to provide was the backing and batting. Now I have been quilting for a long time....42 years. You would think a simple log cabin block with a fused applique should be no problem. You would be wrong! For something like this I highly suggest you follow the directions, unlike me.


The Santa is huge! The log cabin blocks are 12" and the Santa is about 3' x 3'. I decided I wanted to quilt Santa a face. I had my good friends Carolyn and Jamie quilt the log cabin blocks in a wonderful Baptist Fan pattern. I was then going to fuse the face on and button hole stitch around it and add texture to the beard and face. I could barely get it under my foot on my machine. The bulk was too much.


So it sat for most of the summer until I could decide what to do. I quilted the face like a separate quilt and then the plan was to hand applique it to the blocks.



So now I have to applique through 3 layers of fabric and batting onto a bulky quilt. I took me all day to applique something that would have taken me an hour at the most. I can't even explain how I did it except along the way I was sure the back was going to get caught in my stitching. It was appliqueing a quilt on top of a quilt!



Finally it was done and now it just needed binding which was included in the kit. I tore the room apart and still have not found it......luckily this gingham did the trick. You know I will find it the next time I am in there!

So next time I will follow the directions and leave myself a note where I put the binding! That being said, it is an adorable quilt and I am glad I made it. I think the grand kids will love it!

Kelly



9 comments:

  1. This is an adorable quilt and yes, the kiddo's will love it and the stitching irritation will all fade away. 2 month? Oh, no!

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  2. It is adorable! so did you hand applique' it on? yikes?!! I misplace things all the time in my sewing room. It is crazy and drives me crazy. The binding is super cute and works great. It is a fun quilt and you will love having it. The grandkids will love snuggling with it too unless your hanging it, which would look awesome.

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  3. This quilt is precious! Love the quilting you did on Santa's face. All of your hard work certainly paid off!

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    1. Thanks Jess, it was an adorable must make quilt!

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  4. Great ideas for new projects, I admire! Christmas is getting closer. Christmas holiday mood must also be. I am also going to sew something on this occasion. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. OMG it's so cute! I love an old santa! But... I ran into trouble with a small halloween pillow by not following their directions... I should know better than to do a pattern! I'm a maverick! But I will say, whatever road you took, this looks just wonderful. I like the backing, so fresh, so you. I like the way Santa bursts onto the scene and the bright trad Christmas colors! Good job you! The quilting is great on santa too.

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  7. Well now I'm REALLY nervous about this quilt! I've never done a log cabin and thought this would be a fun one to learn on. I got the kit in the summer and cut everything out as directed thinking I could sit and sew after my surgeries but I couldn't. If YOU had problems with it, I think I'm doomed!!! It looks wonderful though and I especially love his beard!

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