From the moment I saw this Winter Wonderland quilt by Crabapple Hill I knew I had to make it! Two of my favorite things - embroidery and traditional patchwork immediately spoke to me! I'd never undertaken anything this detailed but knew in my heart I had to try! Since our old house was on the market and I couldn't mess up my studio at the time, I thought what better than some lap work to make the time pass. Oh....and we had a lot of time to pass. In the many months of waiting for a buyer I was able to complete all the stitcheries. Then we sold the house and moved to the Squash House. With getting settled and many non-quilt related projects to take care of first, I didn't think I'd ever get to this point! But, VOILA - here is my beauty all ready to snuggle under for a warm winter's rest!
Mr. Squash is my quilt model here. I used Quilter's Dream Wool batting (my favorite) which makes it heavy and difficult to hold up for very long. Great job, Mr. Squash!
Here it is on the bed. It's not a sunny day here, so the lighting isn't optimal, but feel free to click on any photo for a better look!
I used Isacord on the top and bobbin - I love how it just melds into the batting. While I would have loved to try some custom quilting on this, I knew it might be another 3 years before I'd finish, so I opted for a panto called Blowin' Wind by Jodi Beamish at Willow Leaf Studio.
Isn't this just the cutest scene?
I learned a lot making all the different blocks on this quilt. While I've made most of them before, I learned that perfect piecing is the key to making it all come together. I found myself remaking several of them as I wasn't satisfied with any of them being a tad off here and there! I remember after sewing each row together I would run upstairs and tell Mr. Squash that each row was sewing together in perfect precision! I held my breath on the last row and did a happy dance when it all fit perfectly!
Here is a look at the back. This panto reminds me of pictures of Old Man Winter blowing a cold breath from his snowy face!
Just now I'm putting another quilt on Vinnie! It's a secret for now - a very fun Supreme sewing project. As soon as the pattern is released I can show it to you!