Merry Christmas To All: An Adventure in Applique

It’s been such a long time since my last post…I’ve been buried in sweaters, which,of course, is a good thing.  This year, I dropped off 125 pairs of mittens and about 30 hats and scarves.  I already have over 100 sweaters banked for next year, and it seems like every day people are asking how they can help.  I have all of you to thank for helping spread the word, and my sweater drive would be nothing without the kindness of all those that help me.

So what else have I been up to these past few weeks?

I finally finished my very first applique quilt, and I can’t help it….I have to show this thing off.

It is quite possibly my proudest moment in my quilting career.

 

You may remember back, and I mean way back…like two springs ago, when I started this, and fell in love with applique.

Yes, it took me quite a long time, but I also moved across the country and had another baby in that mix, so I’ll give myself a little slack.  (I’m not too sure what my excuse will be for how slowly I’m moving on my Halloween quilt.)

If you love this quilt as much as I do, here are the important details:

The quilt was designed by Pat Bruce, of Daisy and Dell Quilt Design and More.  The patterns and coordinating button kits and thread kits can be purchased directly from her, here.  (I was lucky enough to find a shop that sold the monthly patterns as a kit, with fabric, but unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they are selling them anymore.)

It’s great to be back…I have some great Christmas projects planned for the next few weeks, including a blog hop that will kick off this Friday.  Stay tuned!

And I thought I’d share an email I received last week, that made my whole day…my whole week really.  It continually amazes me that what started out as a “little blog to show off my craftiness” has turned into something so much bigger…and I couldn’t be happier!

Dear Nikki,
As I promised, I write this e-mail, after almost a year since my first, were I asked your help for the hooded scarf, to send you a pic of my craft, that I managed to finish at the end…what a long work!
God I love it! it is beautiful (not as beautiful as yours, of course, in effect I changed the position of the pockets in order to make the scarf shorter, and I think I used the wrong wool, but I love it as well!!!) and really warm. Now, I want to thank you, really, for the pattern and for your kind help , and I would like to give you a little happy thought, or the consciousness that a part of your creativeness, and in effect that little part of you that flies all around the word now landed in Italy, and maybe will be observed, and admired, and caught by a large number of people who will know you from a far and so different part of the world (here the miracles of technology).Again, thanks a lot, I hope the best for you.

I hope everyone’s holiday season is off to a great start!

Nikki, In Stitches

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6 Responses to Merry Christmas To All: An Adventure in Applique

  1. Annmaree says:

    WHOA! Nikki this is so totally, amazing, awesome and astounding!!!

    I ADORE it!

    This is just crazy creative and I’m in awe at how you did this, so cool and beautiful!!

    You should be so proud of yourself!

  2. hobbyzu says:

    Wow! That is just amazing! Great attention to detail. You must have tons of patience! hehe

  3. Wow it’s beautiful! I can’t even imagine how long that must’ve taken you but it’s well worth it! So impressed!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Your Christmas quilt is absolutely stunning. The attention to detail and work are nothing short of amazing. I would never have guessed that it was your first time making an appliqué quit. Job well done!!

  5. Hey, Nikki, it’s been a while since I popped in to see you, but I was just thinking about your adventures with appliqué and wondering how you were doing with this quilt. I see you not only finished it, but did a FABULOUS job with it. It is lovely! You certainly seem to have perfected your appliqué skills quickly, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your work in future!

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