Blessings of Winter

By: Jill Finger

Sep 03 2015

Category: Uncategorized

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Aperture:f/2.4
Focal Length:4.12mm
ISO:50
Shutter:1/30 sec
Camera:iPhone 5

cocoa and cookiesWhen I saw the Blessings of Winter pattern from Shabby Fabrics, I knew I had to make it.  It came as a block of the month, complete with fabrics.  All I had to do was assemble the blocks and buttonhole the edges.  Doing one block a month is easy.  An afternoon’s work, and then it’s put away for another thirty days.  With the last block came the border fabric and I spent an afternoon putting it all together.  My friend, Eileen Barchi, in Connecticut quilted it for me,  ( This was one of three that I picked up there recently) and she did a beautiful job.ice skates

My job was then to hand sew the binding down and sew all the buttons on. There’s 28 buttons on the ice skates and pushing the needle through the layers of fusible was not easy.  After struggling for an evening, I visited Joann’s Fabrics and found better, stronger needles, that made the button sewing a bit easier. snow family

The snowmen get their cheeks blushed.  I used my actual blush and a Q-tip, and applied it sparingly.  The Daddy snowman in this block looks like he has a sad smile.  It’s just how the print on the fabric fell.  I’m debating doing something about it, maybe embroidering a happy smile. toboggoning

The pattern directions also say to use brush-able, liquid glitter on the snow on the trees.  I don’t think I will do that, because I’m not sure it’s washable and I don’t want to ruin it. snow house

This was a fun quilt to make and I’m so pleased with how it turned out, especially the quilting Eileen did.

Now, to get the other two I picked up that day done!

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