stash2Snow days were made for hot chocolate, old movies, and stash projects.  The weather this  month has been unpredictable. We’ve had warm days, cold days, rainy days and snow days.  A few weekends ago we had snow on a Sunday – it was heavy snow and the forecast was for snow all day. I knew I was going to have the whole day to work on something Quilty in studio.  In case your not familiar with my obsession – my studio is synonymous with ‘man cave’. There are subtle differences however. I don’t have a pool table – I have a cutting table,  my poker chips are more like buttons and threads, and instead reaching for fat cigar – I reach for my fat quarters.

I love snow days in the studio.

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make something festive. Since it was snowing, there wouldn’t be a SEX (Stash Enhancement eXcursion – this is quilt lingo for fabric shopping trip). I would have to make this project from fabric already on my shelf.  No problem — I have plenty of fabric in my stash.  The project had to be simple enough to finish in one day because the busy Christmas season was here and I didn’t want to add another UFO (UnFinished Object) to my list of projects to finish in 2014.

Kit2Oh Yes!  I found a pattern for a Christmas Card holder by Thimbleberries that I have wanted to make for myself for a while. I bought this as a kit so this already had the fabrics in the right colors and quantity.  Finding it was like unwrapping a gift and seeing it for the first time. I was so excited!  I was ready to start my Snow Day Quilt!

I put an old movie and started cutting according to the instructions. I had everything I needed to finish this today!   I only came up from the cave occasionally to see how much snow had fallen, and to refill my tea cup

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The pattern was simple, But I wanted to make one block to see how it went together. I made the background and then added the pockets. I follow the golden rule when I’m trying a new pattern.  Measure twice —  cut once.

Simple enough!  I was happy with the first pocket so I chain pieced the next five.  This was going pretty well!  The pockets are made out of squares, folded over into a triangle with a layer of batting to add padding to the project. The pockets also have a one inch strip, folded over the edge and stitched on the seam. This gave the pocket a nice 3-D look and finished it very nice. The pockets were done! 

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That was the hard part. The sashing and borders were easy. I was into the home stretch.  So far its taken only 3 hours to cut and piece the quilt top.  Not bad for a snow day project.

Quilting it was simple. I used the SID (Stitch in the Ditch) method and followed the basic outline of each block.  Straight down the borders, no fancy stitches. It only took another hour and a half to finish the quilting and another hour for binding.  I added triangle rod pockets to the back of each corner. I did this so I could use a yard stick and command strips for hanging.  I like this look because the quilt appears to float on the wall.

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Christmas Card Quilt Pattern by Thimbleberries – Finished size 28″ x 40″

TaDa! 

A Christmas Card holder I can hang on my wall and fill with all of the warm greetings from family and friends. Here is the finished quilt.

I like making new quilts from my stash, it feels good to use up the supplies I already have on hand. Sometimes it just takes me a while to get to the point where I am ready to cut into it. There is something about having those stacks of colorful fabrics on the shelf that makes me feel secure.  I can’t explain it – it is all a part of the fabric addiction I struggle with.

I may even make a few for my family for next year.

Happy Quilting!
Pat

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