Sunday, November 16, 2008

A little Christmas cheer!

Goodness, it's been a while!

ALL my special projects are finished and on their way to their final destinations. I still have some stuff to do to my latest effort for the doll quilt swap but I'll hopefully get that out of the way by the end of this week.

So after doing several projects that I couldn't show you I now have one that I will happily show off as I am thrilled with the way it has come out.

This idea came to me Thursday week ago. On Friday I raced into work and grabbed the fabrics and cut, arranged, re-cut, rearranged and finally machine stitched down all the circles.

A Christmas Project

Christmas Tree Quilt detail

I finished on Tuesday night and took it to the quilter on Wednesday who helped me choose the perfect quilting pattern.

Christmas Tree Quilt detail

I got it back on Friday and bound it with my favourite stripey binding.

Christmas Tree Quilt floral border

And here it is!

Christmas Tree Quilt detail

Actually it's only blog finished as I am handquilting the baubles, star and pot to make them pop a bit.

Christmas Tree Quilt detail

So look out for it if you visit Amitie as it will be in the window leading up to Christmas.

And in case you haven't seen all the photos floating about on other Melbourne craft blogs, here is my photo of the very lovely Amy Butler from Thursday night.

Meeting Amy Butler

That of course is Cathy with me. We loved the whole evening - Amy was just so interesting and relaxed and endlessly inspiring. Thanks again to the very fabulous people from Living Creatively - a really great night.

I leave you with a photo of my middle girl Lucinda who this week has overcome her fear of the swimming pool. Yippee and well done my girl!

My Lucinda

53 comments:

kirsten said...

now THAT is a SUPERB quilt!
i love the circles to create the tree. sensational.

Beth said...

I don't know what to comment on first!

The quilt is amazing. I may have to borrow the design for a table runner...

I'm jealous of your meeting with Amy Butler. She lives about an hour from me and I have never been to her studio!

And finally, most beautiful of all is Lucinda!

Katy said...

it's a good job I don't live near you...I'd have to swipe that quilt from the window of Amitie and run like a mad woman. You should probably chain it to the window, just in case ;)

Lucinda - you are a stunner! Well done for getting over your swimming pool fear. My G was almost 5 when she got over hers, and now loves the water like a fish, and the little ginger one still panics in water over his knees.

Erin K said...

This quilt is AMAZING. I'm just totally gobsmacked! You should win twenty awards for coolest quilt EVER.

Lucinda you are BEAUTIFUL, great job overcoming your fears.

Thimbleanna said...

It's just beautiful Louise! You need to blog more often -- I miss you terribly when you are gone.

Love the pic with Amy Butler -- I'll bet you all had a wonderful time.

And Congratulations to Lucinda -- what a cutie!

periwinkle said...

thats is such a lovely quilt, a great design too, love red and white apart from being christmassy it looks so fresh. Well done to Lucinda, something I've never quite managed to conquer.
Lisa x

BoogaJ said...

Love the quilt! And that binding is perfect -- very candy cane. Great idea!

Philigry said...

oh, that quilt! it is so stunning! what a fabulous idea. did you sew all the circles on by hand?
Really, you should be so proud!
Glad you had so much fun seeing Amy Butler! I am jeaous! i can't wait to see more of your christmas stuff!

bakeandsew said...

What a beautiful quilt - your are so clever.

Andi said...

gorgeous christmas quilt
Andi :-)

thornberry said...

Oh, that quilt! Sigh! It's superb.

Hannah said...

That quilt is amazing, the detail in the white is gorgeous. You are amazing! Beautiful job! Yaaaah Lucinda for conquering your fear, good for you!

Jodie said...

Louise, that is totally fantastic. So fresh and still christmassy in the best way. You need to make a pattern for this.....

cindy said...

Oh My this is just devine. I love this fresh Chrissy feel!

Jelly Wares said...

Louise the quilt is GORGEOUS, well done..

Jodie :)

Cathy said...

The quilt turned out fantastic, Lou, well done. The colours are so vibrant! Can't wait to see it tomorrow. Yay Lucinda - way to go!

I really hate pics of myself! Nice once of you though and, of course, Amy!

CurlyPops said...

Oh wow, now that is a work of art!
Did you use turn under applique for all of those circles?

Kate said...

That quilt is fabulous!

Jellybeansdancing said...

Louise, you really are inspiring, your quilt is gorgeous, maybe one day I might try to make one! It's stunning, can't wait to see it in the flesh.

Leni and Rose said...

Oh wow! The Christmas Tree quilt is just gorgeous. I love it to pieces! And congrats to Lucinda, well done!

handmaiden said...

that is fantastic, would have liked to say hello on Thursday night.....we needed badges on.
Sharon

sewjourn said...

Gorgeous quilt! I felt inspired by Amy too.

chaletgirl said...

It was worth the wait! Absolutely gorgeous quilt - I want one!!

Cass said...

Wow that quilt is beautiful. We are seeing Amy on Thursday and I am really looking forward to it after reading all the Melbourne blog reviews

traci said...

That quilt is simply amazing. I love the ideas that come to you and that you really are able to get them done. So great. And, don't you just love when our kids have growing moments that mean so much to them! Great job swimmer.

Selina said...

Gorgeous quilt!

Jhoanna said...

Stunning Christmas quilt! And Amy was indeed amazing :-)

a friend to knit with said...

the quilt actually took my breath away.
so so gorgeous louise!
as are you. i love your hair.
and lucinda. wow. congratulations! that is fabulous!!

sue said...

The quilt is simply beautiful. I see that quite a few bloggers went to see Amy Butler who sounds like a very nice person.

Anonymous said...

Too clever- love the simple applique with complex quilting. It's a classic! And you met Amy Butler- soooo cool. And well done Lucinda- a summer of fun awaits!

beki said...

Wow, so festive - I love it!!

lucykate crafts... said...

i love that quilt, so beautiful. i met amy butler when she was in the uk, she's sooooo tall isn't she!!

stormygirl said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt, Lou! Well done!! I'll have to pop in and see it next Tuesday in the window. While I'm there I think a trip to Town and Country is in order too ;) ;)

XO

amandajean said...

that quilt is stunning. and gorgeous. and amazing. nice job, louise!!!

Chookyblue...... said...

beautiful Christmas tree hanging....
...and sounds like Amy was a huge hit....

Soo said...

what a wonderful quilt! love all the circles and fabrics...perfect as usual!

peppermintpatcher said...

lovely, lovely, lovely!

Lisa Isaacs said...

Wow! What a fantastic quilt. I am sure whoever receives it going to love using it. Wonderful!

Ursula said...

That is spectacular - I love it

Melody said...

I saw in one of the Melbourne papers that Amy Butler was in town and I instantly thought of you!!

Fabulous quilt. I love it!

Good news regarding Lucinda - what a wonderful thing for her to overcome...

1/4 of an inch said...

Just on Katy's post...I am in Melbourne...and I agree, have Jenny chain that one to the window @ Amitie...its ace! Also, I am fairly new to the blogging world...but still, why has it taken so long to find you? Just add another regular follower to your list! Oh..last thing...where do I get a copy of Sew Hip? Love Tam xo

Corrie said...

oh wow, you should write up and sell that pattern...it is just gorgeous and I would love the pattern!!!!!!!

and to sit next to amy you lucky ducks you!

Corrie:)

Kellie said...

Your Christmas quilt is beautiful Louise! Well done! An a very big congratulations to your little swimmer!!!! Well done Lucinda!

lissilulu said...

I love your Quilt...

I have now bookmarked you to come visit some more.
Found you through Pink Chalk Studio and had to come see...my name is lissilulu...love names with lulu! :o)
Lori

Cascade Lily said...

It's a real stunner and even better 'in person'. It was nice to meet you in Amitie last week (I was the one with the empty baby pouch talking to Cathy!).

Rosalind said...

Gorgeous quilt! So cheerful for the holidays!

h&b said...

Wow - lookat that quilt ??!?
Amazing ... and so fast !

Sorry we didn't pop around the other day - I mentioned to Melody and it was all planned, but time got away and she had some rellies waiting for her at Chaddie .. hopefully you were too flat stick to even notice ?!

I've been thinking of your work of late - I remember the wonderful advent 'calender' you made last year. You know i'd so totally buy one of those *hint hint* :p

You should put out the pattern with Audrey & Maude ?

SandyQuilts said...

Oh my gosh the Christmas tree is just too adorable. It's on my list for next year. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

Margaret aka Supermom said...

Your christmas tree quilt is stunning as usual louise!
just wanted to be sure you were aware that 4sqs-5 signups were already posted.

prettywithribbons said...

What a nice job you did on that quilt! I especially love the circles....

Taylor said...

Okay, seriously, your blog is one of my new favorites! Fantastic quilt!!!

Sherri said...

What an amazing quilt...love it!

sharonw05 said...

wow--what a beautiful quilt! I love it! I'm here from Pots and Pins blog--so glad she pointed us to you!