Thursday, December 13, 2018

Welcome to Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 5 !

Believe it or not, it's that time of year again: time for Twelve Days of Christmas Quilts ! We are featuring an inspiring quilt each weekday, ending on Christmas Eve.  We wish you a very happy, healthy and creative holiday season.

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Oh ! Christmas Tree, 55 x 62, by Elizabeth Eastmond  (California)


Oh ! Christmas Tree, designed by Australian quilt artist Wendy Williams, was the subject of a quilt-along by Elizabeth Eastmond at OPQuilt. Elizabeth writes, "I hand-stitched all the flowers and birds while on a trip to Lisbon [Portugal] and Spain in order to complete the quilt in under a year. This pattern... was an inspiration of fun, whimsy, and technique. I did finish the quilt just shy of Christmas Day."

Close-up, Oh! Christmas Tree


Quilt designer Wendy Williams is known for her wool applique and contemporary, simple shapes depicting elements of nature, such as birds, flowers, and trees. They are rendered here in clear, bright wool felt embellished by Elizabeth with embroidery thread that is often in analogous or complementary colors. The beautiful birds and leaves give a sunny, almost tropical mood to this tree of life motif.

Close-up Oh ! Christmas Tree


At the base of the tree is a lovely Nativity scene featuring Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, with the Star of Bethlehem shining brightly overhead. These pure, color saturated fabrics shown against the white background, along with Elizabeth's beautiful stitchery, provide a joyous sense of energy and liveliness.


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2018 Road to California quilt show.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Welcome to Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 4 !

Believe it or not, it's that time of year again: time for Twelve Days of Christmas Quilts ! We are featuring an inspiring quilt each weekday, ending on Christmas Eve.  We wish you a very happy, healthy and creative holiday season.

P.S.-  Check out our many NEW LISTINGS at QuiltInspire on eBay !  And for continuous free quilt patterns, please follow us on Twitter!

Heaven and Nature Sing by Ellen Born, quilted by Sharon Elsberry
(Arizona, U.S.A.)

Ellen writes, "Over 2 years in the making, this McKenna Ryan quilt [pattern] was enriched with Sharon Elsberry's quilting! I was so happy to hang it for Christmas."  Ellen's work shows the animal kingdom happily playing on a snowy winter's day. In this scene of 6 panels, you'll find black bears, cardinals, a bluebird, a family of deer with their little fawns, a fox, a racoon, a moose peeking in from the side; and of course, Santa with a sleigh full of toys and 8 tiny reindeer. 
 
Close-up, Heaven and Nature Sing

Ellen's fabulous applique work is complemented by the lovely batik fabrics in various shades of spruce green, cranberry, teal, aqua, icy blue, plus orange and red for Santa's sleigh. We congratulate Ellen on the completion of what is sure to be a treasured heirloom to be enjoyed each Christmas season and into the New Year  for all the years to come !

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2018 Quilt Arizona show.
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