"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quilts in 2011

I have been neglecting my blog once again but it is because I am really busy with Chirstmas 2012. Yes...I said 2012. Tomorrow evening is the start of my quilt group's new year and new theme. I am really looking forward to this year! It is exciting to start a new theme at the best of times and this year should be really fun. So I have been working on the design which I will keep that under wraps until I have had my evening and can post a few sneak peeks. So stay tuned...


I had my friend Sonja and her husband over for dinner on 2nd Christmas Day (December 26th is still a holiday here in Holland). We had been out one Saturday afternoon and I found this jolly wooden Santa in a shop. I knew as soon as I saw it that he needed to hold this...


I grabbed my Christmas fabric stash and got started making St. Nick his very own quilt. I am afraid I no longer know what size it as I forgot to measure it before I wrapped it but it is small. The pieces of the four-patch blocks are only 1 inch each. A label to mark the date and some wrapping...


Off the Santa and quilt went to live at Sonja's house...


I had a pretty good year for my finishes. I will reflect on them as I post in the coming week. I like to think back and see that I accomplished more than I thought while setting some fun goals for the new year. Here is a list of my quilt finishes for 2011...

Merry Christmas mini quilt for Mike and Sonja
Tree shaped cloth napkins for Mieke
Black crazy quilt heart hanger for my mother
Tree shaped cloth napkins and quilted holder for Joke
Lucy's Little Stars doll quilt
Trees and house patchwork mobile
Civil War blocks patchwork bag
Vintage fabric cloth napkins for Tammy L
Quilted casserole cover for Saskia
Black heart crazy quilt hanger
Victorian's Not So Crazy doll's quilt
The Meaning of Christmas quilt

My Farmer's Wife sampler quilt, which was the quilt group theme for 2011, still needs the hand quilting completed so this is going to be my first UFO finish for 2012.

23 comments:

Betty Lou said...

Santa is so lucky to have his very own quilt. So cute and the recipient must be so pleased to have them both. Happy New Year.

Nancy said...

That Santa and quilt are darling. I bet Sonja likes him and gave him a good home. You find the cutest things. I love my Quilt heart you made. It is hanging in my living room so I can see it from the chair I sit in. It is great.
I can't wait to see your project for next year, since I have heard a little about it.
I just made chili for supper, it is very cold here today.
Love you, Mom

Lida said...

You made a lot and that Santa is a fantastic gift with his own little quilt! Succes with de FW, greetings
Lida

Quilt Hollow said...

That Santa and quilt are darling!!! Wishing you a well 2012 and finding time for many stitches!

mainely stitching said...

You're AMAZING!!!!!

Mary said...

Santa and his quilt are adorable! What a great gift! That was a very impressive list! I hope 2012 will be a great one for you as well.

Chris said...

It sounds like a fantastic 2012 is lined up for your quilting.
The santa and quilt are so lovely.

Sonja said...

Santa Nick and his quilt seems to feel at home at my place. He is such a cute Santa, with his big belly. And he and his quilt are still in my room, although Christmas is gone. I just love to look at this couple.
Thanks again for these beautiful gifts!
(And thanks for the lovely dinner!!!)
See you tomorrow..

Maggie said...

both Santa and the quilt are just lovely Heidi!

Congratulations on all your finishes in 2011, looking forward to seeing what you will do in 2012.

Happy New Year!

Willy said...

Hej Heidi, alereerst de beste wensen.
Ik zie dat je een behoorlijk lijst hebt staan met wat je gemaakt hebt.
Het kleine quiltje met de kerstman is ook erg leuk.
Veel plezier morgen bij de quiltclub.
Groetjes

Christine said...

Santa's little quilt is adorable!
Happy New Year

Deborah said...

Beautiful gift for your friends!

Catherine said...

Such a pretty gift! Love it!

Jenny said...

The Santa is just adorable and the quilt makes him perfect!!!! I know he will enjoy having his own quilt to snuggle with especially now that his busy season of gift giving is over. Now he can just relax and rest up for next year!!!!! grins....What a wonderful, thoughtful gift. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year filled with everything that makes you happy. Hugs from CA.

Dani - tkdchick said...

What an adorable mini quilt

Jackie said...

Santa and his quilt are cute! I can't believe you're getting started on Christmas 2012 already. We should all follow your example while we can remember those last crazy hours of preparation. :)

onlymehere said...

What a cute idea to given St. Nick a quilt. You did a great job and have done so many wonderful things with your hands this year. I've already been thinking about what to make the girls next year! When you create you have to have time to get it finished right so it's never too early to start in my book!

Pondside said...

Oh my goodness - you were a sewing dervish this year! Well done!

Ginny said...

What a sweet little quilt. It looks easy enough that even I could duplicate it!

lillianscupboard said...

Once again, you've come up with a wonderful idea. Adding a little quilt to the Santa was an inspiration.

Rowan said...

I love that little quilt, your friend must have been thrilled with it.

Penny said...

What a beautiful little Christmas quilt!
I have enjoyed your blog so much and look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work in 2012!

Margaret said...

What a lovely gift for your friends. They must have been thrilled.

Good hearing from you Heidi. Happy New Year to you and Jos too. What kind of stitching plans do you have for 2012 or are you concentrating on quilting?