November 16, 2010

Santas and Trees -- SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show 2010

This is my entry to the virtual quilt show of Christmas quilts that SewCalGal is hosting. 

It's from a commercial pattern I made about 20 years ago, and I'm sorry but I cannot remember the name of the designer...the pattern is apparently lost in my sewing room. 

Each of the blocks has several small pieces which made it quite time consuming to piece--not a good last minute Christmas decoration, but fun to make!  The Santa blocks have 24 pieces each.  To speed up the process, I cut actual size templates from freezer paper, then stacked 5 reds, whites, backgrounds, etc. and ironed the freezer paper pieces on the top of the stack allowing space around them.  Then I cut through all the layers with the ruler and rotary cutter, adding the seam allowance, which worked because each of the pieces has straight sides.  It wasn't super accurate, but was quicker with all the little pieces.  I did the same thing with the tree blocks (18 pieces each) and the tree border pieces.

In answer to some questions I've had, yes, the Santa hat is three dimensional, with a jingle bell at the end--here's a closer view of it:


If you'd like to enter one of your Christmas quilts in the show, you can read the rules (or visit the other quilts in the show) at SewCalGal's page.  You'll find many lovely quilts full of inspiration certain to get you in the mood for Christmas!
Happy Stitching!

24 comments:

Paula said...

OMG, that is so very cute. You did a great job, and you are a very talented quilter. If you get a chance you should check out my sewing challenge blog here at Paula's Sewing Challenges, and enter this into it, and you could win a little something something.
Hope to see you there soon.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Fabulous quilt. It must have been ages to piece all those blocks. Congratulations.

karenfae said...

that is a delightful quilts ;)
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Barb said...

such a fun christmas quilt - love it!
The trees on the border are just great.

Quiltbenaco said...

Molto simpatici i babbi con il cappello che pende!
Il quilt è molto bello!
Ciao Domenica

Joanna said...

This is the most fun quilt show I've viewed, mostly because of the quilts with so much interest like yours. It's a beautiful quilt.

Linda said...

It's totally awesome! I love the border with all those trees! Very pretty quilt.

Carol said...

Love it and what a great way to overcome all those itty bitty pieces.

Lisa M. said...

Looks great! I love quilts with Santas on them. Are his hats 3D?

Briarside Lane said...

This is really cute! Thanks for sharing.

...Karen

Karen said...

Hi Donna.
This is a great Christmas quilt. I love the design. The Santas are gorgeous and I love the border of trees. Beautiful!

QuiltSue said...

That is such fun. I really love the santas' hats.

Ariane said...

Oh I love it!! Such a beautiful quilt. Love the Santa's!!

Lois said...

What a super fun quilt. My favorite Christmas colors are the old fashion red and green. This is a neat quilt. Love the santa hats and the trees for borders. Love Lois

Nanbon44 said...

what a wonderful fun quilt this is, thank you for sharing it with us.

Teresa said...

What a great little Christmas quilt. Well worth the time to make!

Sandy said...

Great Santa quilt, thanks for sharing!

Nancy Sue said...

LOVE how Santa's hat breaks the border and boundaries! Thank you for taking the time to post this and share it with us!

moosestashquilting said...

What a fun quilt!

Nina-Marie said...

Oh I recognize some fabrics from my stash from years gone by. What nice project!!

SewCalGal said...

What a fun Christmas Quilt. Love the design and colors very much. You did an excellent job.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

501 Quilt Blocks said...

Love your quilt! I had no idea there were so many pieces. Worth the effort.

Roslyn said...

It's lovely and it has weathered the years well!

Kim said...

Your quilt is so cute.