Friday, December 11, 2009

Fun at Anacortes

We just had our fabulous christmas party at Anacortes, WA - where a group of Western WA quilters get together once a month for fun, food, quilting, food and laughing - oh , and food too.

I only stayed for the first half of the day - it was our grandson Ben's 5th birthday party and I couldn't miss that. But I did make sure I got some of the wonderful turkey dinner that Daisy prepared for us - and some of all the other wonderful dishes.

We did our annual christmas craft. For the craft we made little fabric christmas trees - each one picking their own colors. I had made several in advance to show different colors and ways to make them. You can finish the edges with glitter, rick rack or fancy stitches - or leave them plain. They are all fun to do.


My forest of christmas trees . . .


I made this one with only three layers - and added tiny rick rack - I think it is my favorite (shhhh, don't tell the other trees) . . .

And these are trees made by the quilters at the sew-in. It is fun to see the wonderful color combinations they all picked.

Vicki

Tina

Susannah

Daisy

JoAnn U. only got started - but what wonderful colors

Diane

Then show and tell - not quite as many this time as some months - but wonderful as always . . .


Mary's valance - very sunshiney

Close up of one block of the valance . . .


JoAnn U. made this One Block Wonder for her grandaughter . . .

Close up of the One Block Wonder


This is the quilting, on the back of the One Block Wonder. JoAnn U.'s husband did the machine quilting on his long arm machine. He made up the fairy design - fabulous!!!


JoAnn U. made another quilt -this one for her grandson - isn't it darling?


And our christmas carol challenge quilt. Those participating picked a favorite christmas carol and made a 22 1/2" block depicting that song for the center of the quilt. Each month we get a new instruction and have a month to complete it. By next christmas we all with have a new christmas quilt.

Tina's center - love those Santas . . .

JoAnn U.'s snowman center . . .

Susannah's block - her family bringing in the tree - each person is hand appliqued.
Susannah is our leader in this project.

Daisy's block . . . she even has the next step done - the red border . . .

Diane's big fancy snowflake in the window . . .

Mine - still needs a lot more work - that is the beginnings of a fireplace on the right side . . .


Next month our group meets at the end of the month so I'll have plenty of time to catch up. Do you have a special christmas project you are working on?

9 comments:

SewCalGal said...

I love, love, love Anacortes, WA. So fun to read your post. Sounds like you all really know how to celebrate Christmas and have a great time. Just wish I was there to join the fun.

You may want to check out my Virtual Christmas Quilt Show and have your group enter. Random drawing for prizes on December 25th. Just be sure to follow the rules if you want a chance to win.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Pat said...

Love those trees. Aren't you going to give us a hint of how to make them? Also loved the show and tell and that gal's husband is a VERY talented long-armer...that's for sure!!!

Fearless Nester said...

The trees look like a lot of fun...I like your rick rack snow one too. And I have to say those fairies are amazing...and you say a man did that...well there!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Loved seeing all of this. And I think your quilt is going to be so cute! I love the one with the family gathering the tree, too. All of them are neat!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Crispy said...

The trees are really cute. Hey is that your new snowman cup/teapot in your header?

Crispy

Judy said...

You always have such a great time at the sew ins......I wish they weren't so far away! I need to make a couple of those cute trees....

Christine Thresh said...

I loved "bringing in the tree."

It was fun going to the show and tell with you.

Are you going to do a tutorial on the little trees?

gemma said...

Great stuff here. Glad I stopped by.
Happy holidays to you!

lila said...

What a talented group of quilters!
I love the little rick rack tree best too!