For Day 10 of our Advent of Christmas series, how about another bright, heartwarming quilt? "Yuletide Joy" is a fabulous sampler quilt that includes some of the best-loved themes by designer Sue Garman. Karen Michaels hand-appliqued and hand-quilted this beauty.
Yuletide Joy, 61 x 63", by Karen Michaels at the 2013 Diablo Valley Quilters Guild
Karen Michaels says: "A 14-year project finished! I began this hand-appliqued BOM project in 1998, finished the top in December 1999, and began hand quilting in July 2001. The quilt was displayed every Christmas, basted and partially quilted, until Christmas 2011. I then quilted until it was finished in March 2012."
We loved the pretty colors and many whimsical characters. Check out the sleeping Santa Claus in the lower right corner, and - right above him - a snowman who has lost his head! In the close up photo below you can see several of the blocks which were beautifully appliqued, including a lop-eared bunny in the snow.
close up, Yuletide Joy by Karen Michaels
Image credits: Photo were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2013 Diablo Valley Quilters Guild show.