Yippee I finished my Holiday Quilt top. Only just in time as this was my planned finish for March. This quilt started as a result of winning a jelly roll of Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey from Melissa at Happy Quilting during her Tetris quilt along last August. I knew I wanted to make a Christmas quilt but couldn't decide on the pattern.
Between August and December I saw quite afew granny square blocks around blogland and I liked the way they looked so In December I started my quilt as part of Barbara's NewFO challenge over at Cat Patches.
Because I was using a pre cut it was extremely easy to cut out the pieces needed for the blocks. So this stage took next to no time.
By the end of February all 49 blocks were pieced but needed trimming and I needed to cut the sashing and borders. The trimming took a lot of concentration but was soon completed and I could start sewing the blocks together.
I have now finally finished all the sewing and got John to hold the quilt up for a quick photo. It needs to be ironed and all the loose threads picking off. John stood with his back to our front window which faces south. the sun was shining brightly when this photo was taken. The quilt is large at 80 x 88 inches.
I have also finished the bird cross stitch. I have already washed this but there is a stain at the top which didn't come out completely so I will rewash later. I have also missed out two stitches which I didn't notice until I took the photo.
Finally whilst I was busy with my sewing machine John was sat reading with the dog on his lap. Scamp thinks that anyone sitting down is only missing a dog on their lap to be truly comfortable. Picasso also likes to curl up on a lap occasionally especially if the dog is already there so here is a photo of the pair of them. They both like to be stroked whilst they are there - not for themselves but to help lower our blood pressure and make us feel better you understand. Scamp likes to scrunch himself up very small whist Picasso loves the camera.
I'm linking up with A lovely year of finishes, Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Thank goodness its finished Friday at Never to hot to stitch and Link a Finish at Richard quilts.
If winter has dragged on too long where you are I hope the weather is finally cheering up and spring is on its way.