It made my day when Quiltmaker invited me to be a guest blogger. I am a self-taught quilter after many years of garment sewing. I also love to embroider, punch needle and crochet. My next challenge is going to be rug hooking. I guess I have always worked with fibers of some kind. I enjoy the feel of the fibers in my hands and the chance to create using them.
Many years ago when we were first married and with no money to spare, I made all the Christmas gifts we gave to family. I made scarves, aprons, ornaments and even dresses for my nieces. This went on for several years and as we all moved to different parts of the country the gift giving stopped. I really missed the large family Christmas we used to have growing up.
I am now fortunate that our family has grown to include four grandchildren we can make new memories and traditions with. I always wondered if some of those gifts had been preserved. One Christmas not long ago I received a card and picture from my brother and in the background I saw the tree-skirt I had made them underneath their tree and the holiday quilt hanging on the wooden bench in their house. This put a smile on my face.
Are you looking for a quick holiday quilt project you can send to someone special? My Holiday Dash quilt in the November/December 2016 issue of Quiltmaker is perfect! This project was designed to use a variety of prints. A great way to use all those holiday prints we all seem to collect. The large pieces go together quickly for a fast weekend project.
As I was looking at my fabric stash I saw many color combinations come together. This pattern would work for a scrappy quilt, a beautiful fall quilt with a leaf print for the background and even a Valentine quilt with pinks, reds and whites. I spotted a stack of my fabric line Redwork Meets Bluework and realized this would also make a great Quilts of Valor quilt. The possibilities are endless.
This quilt could be quilted with a variety of designs due to the large spaces in the blocks. I know my machine quilter would love it!
As we approach the season of giving, think about making a quilt for someone in need. This pattern could be the perfect start for that. I wish you all a joyous holiday and Happy Quilting!
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Thank you for joining us today, Audrey!
If you’d like to make Holiday Dash and don’t have a copy of our November/December ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store.
A digital pattern is also available for Holiday Dash.