It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Here on Forest Beach there is beginning to be a nip in the air.  Kids are back in school, the neighborhood is quiet, and there is a dry breeze blowing through the windows.  I roasted my first chicken of the season this week and started making chocolate chip pumpkin muffins.

The shop owners here on the cape are starting to feature fall and holiday fabrics, and they have been very busy with retirees who wait until the kids are back in school before visiting the cape.  I have been having great fun making holiday sample quilts for Quiltish of Cape Cod and Quilter’s Palette.

The first of the holiday quilts uses a panel called “Hounds on Holiday.”  June wanted a quilt that utilizes traditional blocks with a panel.  I made two different star blocks that used a super-cute red and white dog bone print along with fussy cut centers from the fabric that coordinates with the panel.  After toying with designs that cut up the panel, I decided that I really liked the panel best uncut.  June came up with this great design and I put together directions for making it into a quilt top.  The finished quilt is hanging in her shop in Brewster, and you can order the panel and coordinating fabrics from her at Quiltish.com.  Wouldn’t this quilt make a great gift for a dog lover?  It is pretty labor intensive, though, with about 400 pieces, so if you are in a hurry you might just want to add borders to this adorable panel, or you can order this from me as a custom quilt.

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The second panel quilt for Quiltish involved cutting the small square motifs from a panel and using them as the centers of log cabin blocks.  I just love the wintry country feel of this quilt, and the ice skate and wood panel coordinating fabrics.  This is a small lap quilt, wider than it is long (about 48″ x 42″) but can be made larger by adding more log cabin blocks that don’t have the central motifs, wider borders, or by buying two panels to get more central motifs.  This quilt only took me about ten hours start to finish, and June can provide the instructions along with the panel and coordinating fabrics.  I loved making this quilt so much that I am going back to Quiltish today to pick up fabrics to make a slightly different version of it to feature on this site.

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The Starburst quilt top was made as a sample for Quilter’s Palette in Eastham using a pattern from the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Block magazine and a layer cake of adorable holiday fabrics.  The top (without a border) took me five hours to complete.  Once borders are added this quilt measures about 60″ x 60″.

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I hope you are enjoying the fall.  If that nip in the air has started you thinking about Christmas shopping, now is the time to order a custom quilt if you want it in time for the holdiays.  I am working hard to finish all of the orders for people on the cape before I return to Florida, but once I am back I would love to turn those tee shirts you have been saving into a special gift or make a holiday quilt to accent your home.

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