Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas Quilts...

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays so no surprise I've made several Christmas quilts! When I spotted Sew Cal Gal's Christmas Quilt show I decided I would just have to figure out this blogger quilt show thing!
Finding the photos was half the battle! This first little wonky tree quilt was given to my sister so is up in New Hampshire (where I thought the bright colors would help with those cold winters!)

The next is a sampler quilt in much subtler colors. While I was making this quilt an older member of my quilt guild asked me how many fabrics were in the quilt? When I said I didn't know She told me you had to have 76 (or some random number like that) fabrics in a quilt before you could call it a scrap quilt. So I went home and rummaged through my stash, Tonya's stash, and made a trip up the road to Mary Jo's just to make sure I could "legitimately" call it a scrap quilt. For all scrap quilters out there - relax. I have never heard that "rule" from any other quilter....(BTW this quilt has well over 100 different fabrics...and yes I counted....and yes that was the last time the quilt police intimidated me!)And finally I bought a red and green quilt top at a flea market in Pennsylvania many years ago. It was in good shape so I hand quilted it. It comes out and decorates our guest room for a few weeks each year....

28 comments:

Lois said...

I really like you sampler quilt and the story too. All three are really pretty. What a great find on the red quilt. Thank you for sharing your quilts. Love Lois

Scrappy quilter said...

Oh my do I ever love that sampler. Stunning!!

Nanbon44 said...

Your work is wonderful.. thank you for sharing your lovely quilts.

Joanna said...

Uh oh, I'm in trouble if a scrap quilt needs 76 different fabrics. I don't think I've ever used that many. I love the sampler. It's gorgeous. The Amish style quilt is stunning.

KQ Sue said...

I love the wonky christmas trees quilt and the Amish quilt.

Gypsy Quilter said...

I do believe that poor lady read the instructions on the Cheerios box incorrectly. I have it on good authority that only 75 different fabrics are needed to make a scrap quilt and you must use one of them twice. Or is it 74 different fabrics and you must use 2 of them twice. Now, wait, let me go find my Cheerios.

Karen said...

The sampler is my favorite though the whimsical trees is right up there too.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love that top one. How fun is that!

Serena said...

good grief. rules!

i love your quilts.

AnnieO said...

Beautiful! Are you certain she was serious about the 76? Did you check your leg? Maybe she was pulling it. Sheesh.

I'd love to sleep under that gorgeous red and green quilt...

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I love sampler quilts and yours is really beautiful. I also like the one with the Christmas trees.

Kathie said...

Christmas quilts are great!
love the amish one , there was one in the quilt museum in Lancaster that I just fell in love with
exactly like yours!
or almost :)
beautiful
hope your hanging it up soon to enjoy for the next month or two
Kathie

Karen said...

Your quilts look great. I love the wonky trees. Great design and colours!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

oooh! these are all great! I love the scrappy trees, and I love a good sampler, and I really love two colors quilts, red and green !!! yippee! I think I lovethem all!

Carol said...

Your quilts are all gorgeous.
I love the wonky trres, the colors are so refreshing.
I think that's the first time I've ever heard of how many fabrics have to be in a scrappy quilt.

Darcie said...

All three are such different *flavors*...and all three are beautiful!

Christmas? Already? Really? ;-)

Teresa said...

What a beautiful collection of quilts. Can't pick a favorite!

Nancy Sue said...

Wow the sampler is wonderful. A lot of work, but the finished quilt is stunning!!!!So inspiring! I'll be back to really look at that, once I get some Mommy time to myself :)Thank you for participating in the show!

SewCalGal said...

What a beautiful Christmas Sampler Quilt. I'm so happy you took time to enter it in the Christmas Quilt Show.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Quiltbenaco said...

76 tessuti differenti sono proprio tanti,
la trapunta รจ venuta benissimo!
Grazie
Ciao Domenica

karenfae said...

a lot of work in that sampler, but worth the effort I am sure - pretty to all.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

501 Quilt Blocks said...

Love all your quilts but the sampler is my favorite. I love samplers. I haven't ever heard the 'rule' about scrap quilts though. Interesting!

QuiltSue said...

Your wonky trees are fabulous.

Kim said...

You have a quilt show all by yourself! the trees are just delightful and I really like the little pile of presents at the end....and what a find that red and green quilt is....can we have a close up of the hand quilting?
Samplers are just fun......they make a great quilt don't they?

Happy Sewing

Nina-Marie said...

Oh love the wonky tree quilt!!! What a unique design - great job!

Kim said...

All your quilts are beautiful. Love the scrap qult.

daveandlo said...

I have heard of 75 different fabrics to make an official scrap quilt. At one point the different fabrics were counted for a judged show (or so I've heard, I wasn't putting quilts in a judged show at that point). Keep in mind this is about the same time that quilters were insisting things had to be hand pieced and hand quilted or it wasn't a "real" quilt. Aren't we glad we've gotten over that? Your quilts all look great! I hope you got the water and the sewing machine fixed and have given in to making the blue and white quilt for your husband, but maybe not by Christmas. Did he really know what he was asking?? I'm sure you love him anyway. Lois

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Just love your wonky tree quilt!! It is fabulous!