|Wego Quiltin' Santa block exchange quilt|
We had 6 months from the sign up to complete our blocks for the exchange. The blocks were 'exchanged' at our July meeting. We then had until the December meeting to make our quilt top (it didn't have to be quilted by then, thank goodness).
As usual, I didn't want a smaller quilt, and I didn't want the traditional layout of 3 blocks across, and 4 blocks down. I always have to make things different (read: more difficult).
I'd taught myself how to do mitered borders, so, I had to add some in the middle. I found the dark green with flowers material at a garage sale, years before. I just loved it as a 'frame' for the middle blocks. Of course, I had to set it on point. I'd never done this before, so, I just 'winged it' as usual. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but, it worked. The whole quilt measures 58'" x 90". My sons said it had to be BIG so that they could fit under it as they grew.
Here are close ups of the blocks.
|top, left corner blocks|
|top, right corner blocks|
|bottom, left corner blocks|
|bottom, right corner blocks, mine is the far right block|
|back of quilt|
|my extra 'tryout' blocks on the back|
|hand quilting of Christmas light string, including the 'plug'|
This is one of my favorite quilts. Almost everyone signed their blocks, so, I know who made each block. There is only one duplicate fabric in this quilt (the peppermint fabric, in the log cabin block, top, left, and used in the middle of the quilt and the backing).
The same guild had another Santa block exchange last year. I posted about it here. I still haven't finished that quilt. Some of the ladies were in both exchanges.
One of my fondest memories of this quilt was when I finished the last stitch on the binding, my youngest son took the quilt, laid it on the floor, laid down on it, then called the dogs over to lay on it. Yea! It was appreciated and used. This quilt sits on the corner of the couch in the computer room all year long. It is never put away.
PS: This quilt is entered in the Christmas quilt contest over at The Quilting Gallery.