This is the Christmas quilt I eventually made for my son. I began the quilt in 1988, and I sadly confess I did not finish it until December, 1992. Poor boy was 4 years old by then!
If I remember correctly, I used coloring book drawings to create the teddy bear appliques. I used a fabric fusible to anchor the fabrics and machine satin-stitched the raw edges. The facial features were hand-embroidered. I outline quilted around the bears and stitched in the ditch around the blocks. The finished quilt measures approximately 40" x 40". Not sure what possessed me to put a ruffle on a little boy's quilt!
A few years later, I decided my oldest son needed a Christmas quilt, too. I remember picking out some of the Christmas fabrics for his quilt at Mae's Fabrics, a discount fabric chain where I loved to hunt for bargains. I've become something of a fabric snob since then, but at that time I had yet to be burned by poorly-made fabric!
This was my first log cabin quilt - log cabins are still one of my favorite patterns.
Do any of these fabrics look familiar to you? I don't have an exact date for this quilt, but the fabrics are definitely late 1980s to early 1990s. I wanted the quilt to have an ageless appeal, so I didn't use any novelty fabrics. The quilt was long-arm quilted and measures 54" x 76".
This feathered star wall-hanging was a gift for my mom, circa 1997. The feathered star was inspired by a Radiant Star pattern in Marsha McCloskey's Christmas Quilts (That Patchwork Place 1985 - apparently reprinted by Dover Books). I remember hand-piecing the star while my kids were at swimming lessons in the summer and hand-quilting the quilt during soccer practice in the fall!
More recently, I gifted my Dear Husband with this old-fashioned Santa wall-hanging. My DH was also born in December, and his love of Christmas led to an ever-growing collection of Santa Claus figures. We've run out of display space for more Santas, but we haven't covered all the walls yet! The pattern was a kit from a local quilt shop: Bright Hopes Quilting.
Snowflake and swirl machine quilting by Annie Kusilek.
Wishing you joy and that special serenity of spirit that occurs during this most inspiring time of the year!