Sunday, October 11, 2009

Christmas Lights times 2

Finally done - not as planned! After staring at the blocks a while, I determined that a) they needed to be separated into two quilts, and b) I needed more green with the red to make it Christmas-y. Starting with the star blocks, I designed these X blocks to go with them, which are based on a disappearing nine patch. To me, they look like little boxes with bows on top. I put black corners on them so they made a secondary pattern with the gold corners on the star blocks. And I had just enough snowman fabric for the border. (Sorry the quilts look so weird in the picture. They were too long so I hung them horizontally across two closet doors and the framing made a lump in the middle.) Now, I had the red pointy blocks left. I rummaged through my closet and found two Christmas fabrics. The first is a scattered pattern of ball ornaments, and the second is a Thimbleberries fabric with bows, stars and holly. I'm still not crazy about the blocks, but I like how there are lines of small squares running down the quilt through the blocks.
I like the first one enough to keep it. The second one will probably be a gift. Next problem is finding enough matching fabric in my stash to make backings because I am determined I will not buy any fabric for these. They did come out much larger than I was thinking. The top one is 66 x 78 and the bottom one is 70 x 82. The original quilt was described as a lap quilt, but these are a lot bigger than that, nearly bed size, in my opinion.

(Oops, better watch it. I've already expressed opinions about these blocks and look where THAT got me!)

So, that's what I sewed this week. How about you?

9 comments:

Elaine Adair said...

Wow - you oer-achiever! What a great result!

paula, the quilter said...

The second one looks like bowties! At least at first glance on my laptop.

Mart Bright said...

This has not much to do with sewing, but I just have to say you were right about Calicos. My Sushi is just the naughtiest little stinker. This morning she learned she could pull tissues out of the box one-by-one, and she routinely steals things from my sewing table and takes them to the basement. Once she took a cashmere sweater out of my drawer and dragged it down there! WHY?????

The Calico Cat said...

I like your solution & I love that you persevered & made two tops!

Joan said...

Both quilts are just lovely and your solution for the blocks is perfect. The first quilt absolutely "screams" Christmas.

cozy quilter said...

I never would have thought to separate the blocks and make two quilts. I like both of them! The first one is more "Christmas-y". Keep an eye on my blog for the final layout of my Christmas Lights quilt.

SandyQuilts said...

Oh my gosh I love both of them. Now I'm really sorry I didn't use Christmas prints. I haven't been able to find the 3rd magazine yet.

Tanya said...

Great solution to your Christmas Lights. Two fantastic quilts! Good for you and wow, did you get those done fast!

julieQ said...

You go girl! I love your solution...and your colors. I may tear mine apart and do it differently...