Last Sunday night I checked the Quilting Gallery website and took a look at their Weekly-Themed Contests. I voted for Julie Fukuda's Tablerunner for the Holidays - barely making the voting deadline - Sunday 11:59PM - but better late than never, right? Right! Julie - you got my vote. I love your stuff!!
Anyway - while I was there - I checked out the contest for this week - Christmas (non-tablerunner). I don't usually enter contests like this - BUT - imagine my surprise when I realized that I have a quilt that would actually qualify!!
So - I entered it. Wow!! What fun!!
My quilt is called Christmas Lights - and it was a 3-part Mystery Quilt featured in last year's Quiltmaker magazine (July/August 2009 - Sept/Oct 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009). It was designed by the wonderful and fabulous Bonnie Hunter!! I love her site - quiltville.com. She makes the most amazing scrap quilts and has her famous "Scrap-User's System". She has also completely redone the instructions for this quilt and posted them on her website - for FREE!!
Anyway, I made it for Grandson #1 - whose birthday is December 23. He helped me with the layout and recognizes scraps that I used in this quilt as having come from other quilts that I made for him and his brothers.
When we were putting the blocks on the design wall - I tried to explain that I wanted the blocks to be "on point" with the red points on the left and right. He finally understood when I said "First Base" and "Third Base"!! Boys!! Gotta luv 'em!!
Then he laughed when he saw the border fabric I chose - half-eaten gingerbread men and cartons of milk!! (You never know what you will find in my stash - but I knew that fabric would come in handy one day!! It made me laugh when I saw it - and I just had to have it!!)
My friend, Mary, quilted it with a "Christmas Lights" all-over pantograph pattern - it seems like that pattern was just made for this quilt. I truly love how it turned out.
This quilt was my first attempt at a magazine Mystery Quilt - and - my first HUGE scrap quilt - and it didn't even make a minor dent in my scrap stash!! Go figure!! Guess I'll just have to make more scrap quilts, huh?
So - anyway - VOTE FOR ME!!
Voting is open Friday to Sunday 11:59PM - HERE.
Talk to you later - gotta go -