Thursday, December 30, 2010

Holidays at Home

We had a sew day over at Koleen's yesterday, and I started this wallhanging called "Holidays at Home". Koleen's sister has a quilt shop down in New Hampshire, and last summer she had these Block of the Month kits for sale, so we each bought one. With the Champagne quilt I had to get done for my niece's wedding, work, and everything else, I never got a chance to start on it. I'm still very much in the holiday mood though, so I'm happy working on it right now.

The colors aren't very true in the cover photo, but they are in the picture I took of the blocks I've done so far. I love the blocks on the left because they look like gift boxes.

One of the fun things about the kit is this striped fabric that's included in the packet each month. From this striped fabric, you cut out half square triangle units and strip sections for the different blocks. Less piecing, faster assembly, but it still looks like you did all the work. I'm sure this isn't a new concept, but it's new to me, and I like it.
Hancock's of Paducah still has these kits if anyone is interested.


Judy S. said...

Stay warm, and have a Happy New YEar, Sue.

Exuberant Color said...

you will be the first person ready for Christmas next year! I like the blocks on the left too. A quilt with all tht block would be pretty neat too.

Jen said...

Thanks for posting up these pics. I'm a beginner quilter (aka newbie) lacking the confidence to cut LOL! I'm doing this as a block of the month so I didn't have a good pic of the entire quilt to reference so your pics are a wonderful resource. That's not to say that I don't have good directions, just that the general tips mention that I can go scrappy and I'm thinking "don't give me too many options" but your pics really helped. I really like how yours look and now I can visualize one effective way to attack it. Thank you so much!

Jen said...

Also, regarding the "strip it" and cutting on the bias to achieve the half square triangles. As a newbie, I realize it's designed to be faster and easier, but I'm wondering if stretching will be and issue (to the point of perhaps I should cut it the other way)? I would love to get your thoughts on how that was to work with. Thanks in advance for any comments.