There's something about the December holidays and the art of quilting that goes together perfectly. Maybe it's the opportunity to share our creative talents and ideas with others in the spirit of the season. In that spirit, we're showing a very festive collection of quilts each week until Christmas. Here is Part 3 !
Spirit of Christmas, 61 x 54", by Cathleen Anderson (California), 2014 PIQF
Cathleen Anderson says, "I used The Whole Nine Yards in various techniques of embellishing... I put my own twist to this pattern and had great fun with the quilting." This quilt is based on a pattern by Melinda Bula in the book Candy Cane Lane: Quilts and More to Sweeten the Holidays (That Patchwork Place).
Close up, Spirit of Christmas by Cathleen Anderson
Cathleen Anderson made this fantastic quilt with hand and machine applique, paper piecing, chenille, couching, yo-yos, hand beading, fixed crystals, 3D application and machine embroidery. We loved the MERRY CHRISTMAS greeting spelled out in fabric tags.
The Royal Firs, approx 22 x 37", made by Marilyn McGinnis, quilted by Rose Flannigan, 2014 AZQG
Marilyn McGinnis says, "These stately firs reflect the beauty of batik fabrics. What a great way to use my scraps and attempt beading for the first time!" The beading, which is not visible in this photo, was done along the edges of several of the miniature trees. The quilt was inspired by the Jeweled Forest pattern by Renee Peterson.
Will It Be A White Christmas? 26 x 34", by Kellie Willey, 2014 RCQG
This quilt really puts us in the Christmas spirit! Kellie Willey won a blue ribbon in the Pieced-Medium category for her adaptation of the First Snow quilt pattern by Tina Curran. Kellie says "I reduced the pattern to 65% and rearranged the blocks. It was fun picking through my Christmas stash and adding decorations to the trees."
Close up, Will It Be A White Christmas by Kellie Willey
We loved seeing all the cute beads and fussy cut blocks in the tiny houses. In the red house above you can see gingerbread men in the windows and on the rooftop. The green house has a candy cane roof with rick rack trim; a snowman, mouse and cat are peering out of the windows.
Angels Among Us, made by Felicia Brenoe, quilted by Lisa Sipes, 2014 AZQG
Felicia Brenoe says, "I love the idea of loving and protective angels all around us. [This quilt is] hand appliqued and embroidered, and longarm quilted." Peace, Joy, Hope, and Love are appliqued on the quilt.
close up, Angels Among Us by Felicia Brenoe
In this block an angel places a golden star atop the Christmas tree as children, holding hands, look on. Felicia Brenoe's lovely feather quilting can be seen throughout the design. For some close up photos of the angels, see Felicia's website at Felicia's World.
Baltimore Christmas by Sue Maitre, quilted by Linda Hrcka, 2014 AZQG
This stunning quilt won First Place in the Applique-Large category, and Exemplary Machine Quilting - Track Mounted, at the 2014 Arizona Quilters Guild show. Sue Maitre says, "Being a Santa collector, I knew Baltimore Christmas had to be a part of my collection." The Baltimore Christmas pattern is, of course, by Pearl P. Pereira at P3 Designs.
Close up, Baltimore Christmas by Sue Maitre, 2014 AZQG
We enjoyed the outstanding applique and quilting by Sue Maitre and quilting by Linda Hrcka, respectively. Check out the feather quilting coming out of Santa's pipe: it is done in charcoal thread to represent smoke. And what would Christmas be, without a Partridge in a Pear Tree?
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.