I know…it’s only June, but those of you that know me know that I start thinking of next year’s Christmas, gifts, decorations, etc, Dec. 26th. I’ve been restraining myself from showing you all of the great ideas I have for handmade gift, but I just couldn’t keep quiet about this project any longer.
I originally saw this quilt on Cactus Needle Quilts (one of my favorite blogs and one that I would recommend to everyone interested in quilting). (The picture here is taken of a picture of the finished quilt, so the quality is not great. Trust me. It is even more amazing in person!) It was spotted in a shop called The Olde World Quilt Shoppe, which, ironically is in Phoenix, the city I moved from just months ago. How could I have lived there for three years and missed this gem? I immediately fell in love, however, I had a slight problem…the applique.
I’ve machine appliqued many, many quilts. It’s one of my favorite techniques for embellishing my baby quilts. I knew, though, that this quilt could really use hand applique, and that was unchartered territory for me. I also wanted a project that could travel with me, and even though appliqueing this quilt by hand would take longer than if I machine appliqued it, I knew it would be worth the extra time invested.
Luckily, the owner, Lisa, of my favorite quilt shop, Lisa’s Clover Hill Quilts (Berlin, CT), is an applique expert and gave me the best lesson I ever could have asked for. Not only did she show me the ropes, but also introduced me to other talented quilters in my neighborhood. I have just finished my first block, the “M” in Merry Christmas. It is still missing the embellishments, buttons and beads (those will be added after it is quilted), but pretty good for a first timer, right?
So, what can I say…I’m in love with hand applique. I love that I can squeeze in a little work here and there throughout the day whenever I get a few minutes of free time. How could this project get any better? It’s a Block of the Month! Yup, not only does each letter come with all the fabrics and directions, but you can also get an embellishment kit and a thread kit that will supply you with everything you need to complete the quilt. Interested? The Olde World Quilt Shoppe is the place to find it! (Just a note, I’m in no way affiliated with The Olde World Quilt Shoppe. They are just really nice, and have great taste in quilts, so I thought I’d rave about them!)
Nikki, In Stitches