Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gettin' ziggy with it

Zig-zag Christmas quilt? Done!
Amy at Park City Girl led a zig zag quilt along over the summer, and I pretty much followed her instructions. I used a couple of charm packs plus some solids. It's a little smaller than I had hoped--maybe 49" by 49", but still a good lap-size quilt.
As you look at the back, you can see that I kept the quilting very simple. I had purchased another color of thread to do some quilting in the pink sashing, but I really just wanted this to be done.

And in the spirit of getting it done, I cheated on the binding. I stitched it to the front of the quilt, then pinned it down on the back and stitched in the ditch. I had to go back over a few places, and it's not pretty, but it is done. The kids aren't going to be checking for nicely mitered corners--they're going to be spilling hot chocolate on it when they watch It's a Wonderful Life. And I am totally okay with that.

Yep, I 've been in the library again. Grace over at Uncommon Grace recommended the Mrs. Sharp's Traditions book as a great resource for year-round and advent traditions and activities for the family. I've been looking through it, and I'm hoping that this Christmas season will be a fun one.

Of course, I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, and that means that I have to stop taking on new projects and put away the sewing machine (at least for one day). Since the dining room has become my work space, I have a lot of cleaning (or at least moving out of sight) to do in there.


At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the quilt! So fun and overwhelming at times to be the activity director for the holidays. Good luck with hosting, I'm sure it will be fantastic!

Julia said...

You really have the most smashing taste in books. That quilt is really to die for. Pinks in the prettiest of tones.

Philigry said...

your quilt is great! i tried making one and got frustrated so i just made a pillow! beautiful work.
let me know if throwing your sweater in the dryer works!

stitching under oaks said...

That is wonderful! I love the zig tricky looking! Wow!