Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Christmas Quilt

I hope this post finds you all well and progressing with your holiday plans! Today I decided to share my Christmas quilt with you.  I took a class a few years ago at the local quilt shop.  The class was designed around the Thimbleberries patterns.  Before I became involved with cross stitching, I was a quilter.  My favorite part was the hand quilting.  I might have mentioned that I will never enter a contest with my stitching.  Part of the reason has to do with the quilting.  I allowed my perfectionist tendencies to get the best of me and I realized that I was not enjoying the quilting anymore.  I was so determined to get 10 stitches to the inch. Anyway, I am determined that my stitching will remain a joy not a chore!! I am showing this quilt not because of my work.  I did all the piecing on my machine.  However an amazing lady did the quilting with a long arm. That is worth sharing!!

I tried to give you a view of the quilt on the bed.  My dear father built this beautiful 4-poster colonial bed for us.

This is the border all around the quilt.  It represents a village, trees and all.

There is a big house right in the center.  She stitched the year, my name , and a wreath on the door.

 Notice the shades and the beautiful pine cone wreath.

 Shutters, shades, and stars!

A candle in the window of this house.

 All the inner borders had these stars.

Do you see the deer eating the grass at the bottom?

 Each package is stitched with it's own design. I think you will agree with me that this lady is a wonderful quilter and she quilts with love.

The other morning I was going downstairs and this is what I saw. I thought it was a great shadow!
Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope everyone is having a good week!


  1. Hi, Barb,
    Everything is pretty amazing! Your quilt, the quilting, the beautiful bed from your Dad, and the sampler that you didn't even mention!

  2. Your quilt is beautiful! The quilting is wonderful! my husband thinks quilts should be hand quilted - that is why I don't quilt any more!

  3. I love your quilt! And that shadow is so neat, at first I thought is was two windows with wreaths.

  4. Beautiful Barb ! One craft I have never attempted is quilting ! Your quilt is fabulous !

  5. What a beautiful quilt! I have red sheets and a store-bought Christmas quilt on my bed - it's such fun to change things around for Christmas!
    The shot of the wreaths is lovely.

  6. This quilt looks gorgeous. You used great fabrics and a great pattern. The quilter is a real artist so thoughtfully adding the motifs to the blocks. It must be a delight to look at this masterpiece.

  7. Your quilt is beautiful, and so is the bed your Father made.
    Cool shadow!

  8. That quilt is gorgeous! What a treasure.

  9. What a beautiful quilt, and bed! Love it. Also the picture of the window shadow is very nice. The sampler behind your bed is beautiful too. You should have taken a closer picture of it too.


  10. What beautiful quilting and the bed is so nice how fortunate for you. I agree with the others that your sampler is lovely your
    shadow picture made do a double take as I thought it was 2 windows also As always I just love all your pictures.

  11. Your quilt is exquisite, and it looks wonderful on the bed.

    The shadow photo is Joyce, at first I thought there were two windows.

  12. Your quilt is a beautiful heirloom.
    I love the country style of Thimbleberries and have quite a few of her books.

  13. That quilt is simply amazing and so very beautiful! What detailing! I love the shadow picture - that's magical! Have a great week - we are in bitter temps right now. Not fun!

  14. What a wonderful quilt. I am new to it and refuse to do the quilting part. Putting together is stressful enough, but I do enjoy it. Love that shadow picture.

  15. What a beautiful bed, quilt and sampler! Thanks for sharing, Barb!

  16. A beautiful sampler! Love all the patterns and colors. The quilt is amazing. What a lot of lovely work. Love the picture - I thought there were two windows at first!

  17. ohhhhh myyyy .. just love that quilt :) and the shadow is great :) love mouse xxxxx