As I was stitching the buttons on to finish up the embellishments, I was thinking about just how much FUN I've had making this quilt!
I always enjoy sewing, but this one was just so much fun to make – from tracing the fun shapes, to choosing fabric, to the applique, embroidery, and I'm thinking the embellishments were the most fun part of all. So, big thank you's and XOXO to Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet!
Since I just don't find enough time to sew as much as I'd like, I decided to machine applique (it's so much quicker) this one using a very small blanket stitch, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I used my Winter Wonderland pantograph to quilt this one – it has these darling snowflakes with hearts that I love!
Here is another favorite part of the quilting process for me
unrolling it from the frame when I've finished quilting it – it's the first time I really see it in "quilt" form ;)!
I backed it with this darling snowman print from Lori's Cozy Christmas line. I didn't order enough, so I had to add that strip of white to make it fit.
NOTE TO SELF: Factor in the direction of the print when ordering backing ;).
Here is a close up of a few of my favorite blocks:
the sweet little gingerbread cottage,
and the Christmas tree, all buttoned up to look a lot like our real Christmas tree (which is decked out with lots of pink ornaments ;)
the Christmas wreath with lots of love ;)
the Hot Cocoa with giant marshmallows (because the Marshmallows are the best part ;),
this chunky little stocking with its ric-rac trim and heart hanger, and even this
sort of messed up little gingerbread man! You see I was going for a Gingerbread Angel, but when my husband saw it he said "Oh – a Ninja Gingerbread Man", and laughed because he knew I was going for an angel. Then I cracked up, because in all honesty, he does look a bit Ninja-y ;)! I thought about fixing it, but we both got such a laugh out of our differing interpretations that I had to leave it in – sometimes imperfections give special meaning, or a little giggle every time you see them – and well, this is one of those ;)!
Yup, I love this one – imperfections and all!