Friday, December 10, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


Since I've finally been able to drag my sorry tired self out of bed a little more frequently now, I've been able to attempt a bit of shopping, holiday baking and decking the halls. Even if I paid my brother in wine to put the lights on our house, made Mark go alone to pick out the tree (which I did about the most shoddy decorating job on ever - this coming from a person who usually spends no less than three hours on stringing the lights alone, I've even been known to use garbage twisty ties to wrap them onto the branches!) and have done most of my shopping online, at least it's starting to feel a little Christmas-y around here. The holidays with a one and a half year old in the house is too fun and special not to enjoy every moment. And taking a bit of stitchy time to work on this quilt has been helping to make me feel festive, too.

When Aneela announced her Pickledish Quilt-along, I knew I wanted to join in despite my lack of energy or need to start a new project. But I'd been searching for a pattern to make from all my holiday prints and this seemed like a perfect way to showcase a bunch of fussy-cut snowmen, gnomes, trees and snowflakes. And I have to say, this may be the most fun I've ever had piecing a quilt! It's so much fun to pick out the combinations for the arches, and the curves are just challenging enough to hold my interest without making me want to scream (OK, maybe just a little). I'm determined to have this one finished and on our sofa for Christmas morning, but if I was a betting woman, I probably wouldn't be betting on my side of things for this one!


I started collecting fun, whimsical Christmas prints when I first started hoarding  collecting fabric, but this is the only project they've been cut up for so far. There's some Munki Munki, Shinzi Katoh, Sherri Berry, Minny Muu and even some of Aneela's own Spoonflower holiday fabric all represented, mixed with a hodge-podge of other red and green prints from my stash. And now I have a million Christmas sewing projects rolling around in my head and after a small fabric buying hiatus I've become a bit obsessed with collecting prints for all my dreamed-up stockings, table runners and tree skirt that I fantasize I'll have enough time to sew up next year. These fun new prints are from Alexander Henry's Merry Modern and Candy Colored Christmas lines.


Thanks so much to all of you for the baby love! I'm eleven weeks along now and feeling pretty good, and looking forward to that second trimester burst of energy!


17 comments:

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  2. Megan! This is fantastic! Kudos to you for all that fussy piecing! I'm sure it will be well worth it! :)

    I haven't done too much Christmasy crafting or decorating this year either. I have no excuse though!

    *sorry had to delete the last one, I spelled your name wrong!!*

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  3. This quilt is SOOOO wonderful! Keep up the good work!

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  4. I love it!

    I was in a bargain basement fabric shop yesterday (in an ACTUAL basement), and they had all their Christmas fabric on 30% off. Lots of Michael Miller, Sherri Berry, etc...it was hard to resist. But I don't need to "collect" (*ahem*) any more fabric right now! When I do I think that this project will be at the top of the pile. :)

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  5. What a fantastic combination of fabrics! Excellent job!

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  6. Great quilt! It looks fantastic.

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  7. aaaak! Megan!!! so friggin GOOD!! :)

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  8. Look at you go!!!!
    YOu'll definitely be snuggling up in this by the 25th. Fantastic!!!

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  9. Yey, it looks great! Can't believe you have time to piece and quilt that before christmas! I only have to make 2 hats and I'm worried!

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  10. holy crap this is wonderful! this is quilt is definitely on my list for the new year. great job!

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  11. How fun! We need some snow...then I'll be good. =) Beautiful blocks!

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  12. I love love love this design. Great job.

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  13. okay, i decided not to do this quilt along....only because I haven't finished the quilts from the last two quilt alongs I join in on, but you are SOOO making me need one of my own. maybe when I finish all my holiday sewing I will give one a try and see if I get the bug!!

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  14. this quilt is really adorable~
    and congrats on the pregnancy, btw! We're trying our hardest to get pregnant too. I want to be just as miserable but quiltily productive as you have been the last 12 weeks. thanks for the motivation~

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