Friday, December 2, 2011

A Christmas Quilt Story...

~ Once upon a time... ~ 
     There was a quilter whose dear husband WENT WITH HER to one of her favorite quilt shops.  He looked around the shop, spied an adorable quilt on the wall and said,
     "I know you have a couple of quilts in the works, but we don't have a Christmas Quilt.  Why don't you make that one, it's great."


     So she smiled sweetly (thinking, "Oh, a couple.......dozen"), but she was thrilled and bought the book, "Friends for Christmas" by Australian designer, Lynette Anderson.  Then she purchased a kit for each block, plus the finishing kit - borders, binding, buttons.  (As they say in those parts, "SPENDY!")  She brought the quilt home, adapted it to her taste (no penguins), and made the quilt top.  Her husband was so pleased.  

     The quilter planned to quilt it with her new longarm quilting machine, but wanted to wait until her quilting was "good enough".  Then she became busy quilting for clients.  She thought that she would have a little time to quilt it after the holidays, but that was 6-1/2 years ago.  The work never really slowed down, so that adorable quilt top is STILL waiting its turn, along with a dozen or so more of "The Unquilted".  But year after year, the quilter and her husband hang that great little Christmas quilt anyway, sometimes even using a glue stick to attach the tiny bells and buttons.





Maybe this year, things will slow down after the holidays.


Now, let's head on over to SewCalGal's 2011 Christmas Quilt Show and check out all the other fabulous Winter and Christmas quilts!  Let the Merryment begin!

Merry Christmas!!

60 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Had to laugh at the glued bits with the hanging! I have a friend who did this quilt - YOU must finish as it is a treasure.

Janet said...

Ha, ha. I think you need to give this quilt a number in your line up. It is so cute and if your hubby loves it too - well you can't beat that! It is a lovely quilt, even without the embellishments.

Sheila said...

This is well worth putting on the top of that list , it is so sweet!

ritainalaska said...

such a topper - so cute! do move it to the top of the to do stack!

Mrs.Pickles said...

very nice

Lesley said...

This is so beautiful...maybe it will make it to the front of the line after Christmas so it will be ready for next year! It's just beautiful!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Darling quilt! Enjoyed the story. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love it!
Patty Wilcox

Betsy said...

It is so beautiful.

Christine M said...

It's lovely. I love the reindeer putting the star on the tree.

Snoodles said...

Oh, your quilt is adorable, and what a sweet hubby to pick, pay for, and admire your project! LOL

Carol S. said...

That is such a cute quilt! You definitely need to find time to quilt it. :O)

Calicojoan said...

Oh yes, have we all been there or what? :-) It's adorable, and I am sure will be a treasure once it comes out of the PIGS (project in grocery sack) for good! Heck only 6 1/2 years it's still young!

hahaha

Sue Daurio said...

Well I hope we get to see this next year and a new story about how it got finished :) It is such a cute quilt, really you have to quilt it. You need to take the time for you. You know you're good enough to quilt it now right ?!

Michele said...

Cute, cute but please take the time to get it finished! It deserves it and it is way past time.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Cute story...and one I'm afraid we can all relate to!

Gail said...

that was a very cute story :) what a great hubby to even point out something in a quilt store to buy right? LOL beautiful quilt! How is the Choir going?

Ale jc said...

What a terrific Christmas quilt that will no doubt have special meaning for years to come...it is festive..oh.yes- and a beaut.

Karen said...

I do love Lyn Anderson's designs. This is a gorgeous quilt. It's great that you chose it together.

Rachel said...

Ya know, if you wait long enough it will be a tradition the hang the UNquilted quilt...LOL...Love the story and the quilt!

Sue said...

Adorable quilt !

Julimond said...

it looks so beautiful
Iris

Wilma Lee said...

Love it!!!

Lynette said...

Heee!!! The only Christmas quilt we have is most of the blocks from an art quilt that get pinned up each year. ;D This year I plan to finish the last of the blocks so I can assemble the top.

This is a fantastic quilt - your hubby chose well. :)

Joanna said...

Your quilt is sure to bring smiles to the faces of those who see it, as it did to me. Love it.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love this cute quilt.
Karen

Mommarock said...

Can you tell the part of the story where you describe HOW you got DH to go into the quilt store with you?? I could use some instruction on that part...

Needled Mom said...

It is adorable - quilted or not!!!

Judi said...

What a cute quilt!

Unknown said...

what a really fun quilt!! Nice work.
Karen

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Love the story of your husband picking out the quilt! When it is finished it will be a very fond memory -- well it is now too! Beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing! Really enjoying hopping around to see all the beautiful quilts!

Sandy said...

Love it, quilted or not! LOL!

doni said...

It IS a great quilt - I was always waiting until my applique skills got better! My tree skirt was under the tree unfinished too!

Great story

doni @ Oregon coast

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh! You HAVE to quilt this one right away! It is SO CUTE!

Love the story too. It made me chuckle.

maggie said...

Oh that is a wonderful quilt and you will feel so happy when you get it all done. Good work!

Laurel said...

what a fun design - and a great (very familiar to all quilters) story!

Jen said...

Cute quilt!

Grammasheri said...

What a sweet quilt! Don't feel badly about not having quilted it yet. I still haven't finished my Son and DIL's WEDDING quilt (5 12 years ago!). My very first resolution for the upcoming year: Get 'er DONE!

Carrie P. said...

Love it!

Cliodana said...

wow this quilt is amazing! I'm searching for the perfect pattern for my first christmas quilt... i'll think this is the one!
thank's for the inspiration

michele said...

Very fun! Thank you for sharing it!

Jocelyn said...

Oh this is just too cute!

Teresa said...

Really great fun. I like quilts that make me smile

Eunice said...

Very cute, but what do you have against penguins!? I love penguins!

Heather said...

Very cute.

Nanbon44 said...

so cute, you just need to finish it as it will surely be a treasure memory

Barb N said...

I love it! Especially the sleigh - you'll have it for many years to come!

Dannelle said...

Do not wait, or hesitate! Do it, do it! I love it, and imagine it finished! Hugs

Teresa F. said...

Your quilt top is so beautiful that it really needs to be finished.Besides the story behing it is so lovely.

Stitches said...

I laughed when I read your post. I love this quilt and I bought it as a BOM "several" years ago and it is still in the separate bags that it came in month by month..why haven't I made it? Because I'm always trying to get other things done first..at least yours is together and you enjoy it, even if you do have to use a little glue now and then, I wish mine was that far along. :)

Kelli Fannin Quilts said...

I LOVE it! :o)

Unknown said...

Such a darling quilt. Just my style. Thanks for sharing.
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Michele said...

I don't want to say that I hope things slow down for you, but I do hope that you find time to quilt this one! Your story made me smile :-)

Karen O said...

The cutest of cute! Great story, thank you for sharing this.

Cat Herder said...

Oh, those reindeer are too cute! I would love to see it when it's quilted!
Vickie

Zirafka said...

Какая замечетельная рождественская работа!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I think it needs to get quilted quick, before all others, and wrapped and given to said husband, he will love it even more. I did that with my first quilt, my husband got it for our anniversary, and he likes it on the bed all the time.

Ale jc said...

Did you ever finish it....it really is lovely as is the story lol

Deonn said...

I can finally say it is finished - nearly three years later...

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Here's the finished quilt: http://www.quiltscapesqs.com/2014/10/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2014.html