Christmas Treat Wallhanging

Christmas Treat front

So, out here on the old sewing ranch-a-roo, I finished up Christmas Treat (name is courtesy of my husband–thanks hon!) and took it outside to pose for pictures.  The front.

Christmas Treat back

The back is an old Alexander Henry fabric with quirky angels flying everywhere.  I’ve hoarded this and now only have about a yard of the black colorway.

Christmas Treat label

The label.  I like to print mine out and border them before I stitch them on.  If you do a search for “labels” in the search box on the blog, you’ll find posts about how I do my labels.

Christmas Treat final

The final full shot.  It’s #111 on my 200 Quilts list.  It’s a big day because of the following four reasons:

1–this is my first Finish a Long completed.  Today Leanne posted the winners from the first quarter over on her blog, and if you want a fun quilt show, spending a few minutes looking at all the entries will give you enough ideas to make up all that fabric you’ve been collecting (Did I win?  No.  I never win, but that’s just my life).  I probably won’t finish the blue flowers at this time as the shop owner likes that it shows the back;
2–I actually did some free motion quilting on this that I’m not mostly ashamed of.  Don’t look too closely, as I don’t do enough of it to show it off, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out;
3–I took this sample (above, of Christmas Treat and below, of Lollypop Tree block) to Bluebird Quilts & Gallery, my local quilt shop, and she booked me in to teach two classes!  I’m so jazzed!  Now, to see if they carry. . .and. . .

Lollypop Block

4) my husband took a new picture of me that I think is a pretty good rendition of who I am at this point in my life.  As the Mid-Century Moderns know, we scrupulously monitor our images, preferring instead to be behind the lens instead of in front of it.

ESE April 2013

About photographs: we swim in a sea of digital images, and most are out of our control, as was demonstrated by the plethora of images that came forward about the Boston Marathon tragedy.  Our grandparents had a handful.  Our great-grandparents had, like, maybe three.  So does having so many pictures make it any easier to find one you like of yourself, especially if you don’t look like Gyweneth Paltrow or George Clooney or some other cinema god/dess?  If you’re like me, my husband took about ten shots before I got one that I liked–one that represented on the outside how I generally felt on the inside.  So, here it is.  Banish all other images to the dustbin.  This is the me as I am this week, all sunny yellow in sunny Southern California.

Two Lollypop Blocks800

Okay, class info:
Class will be taught at Bluebird Quilts & Gallery, at 22320 Barton Road, Suite A, in  Grand Terrace, California (just north of Riverside).

I’ll teach Wednesday, May 22nd from 10 to 3:30 p.m. and July 29th, from 10 to 3:30 p.m.

I need at least four, preferably, five people to carry the class.  I’m including the pattern (my own, drawn from the original Lollypop Tree quilt from the 1880s), and freezer paper (have you priced this stuff lately?  Whew!).  Cost is $50/full day class, including pattern.  Call the shop (909) 514-0333 to sign up, if you think you’d like to take the class.  They’ll have class supply lists for you when you sign up.  Their hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Closed Saturdays.

17 thoughts on “Christmas Treat Wallhanging

  1. Quilt Ranch a roo! Hah! The lolly trees are great. Yay for teaching. I would love to do that more. Time. And fantastic picture. I find it so hard to look natural when the camera comes out.

  2. Christmas Treat is just lovely and has been motivation for me to pursue the Lollypop Trees. I just got word about Becky Goldsmith’s new book and have it on the “list” to order – so wish I lived closer and would take your class in a heartbeat!!!!
    Great picture, BTW, and I believe in showing off the good ones whenever they come along.

  3. I love your portrait and I love your lollipop trees. Wish Atlanta wasn’t so far from Southern California. You are an inspiration at finishing your projects and sticking to your list. Keep up the wonderful work.

  4. Lovely quilt and block and photo, and you are right about images. I hope teaching quilting is great fun for you, there will be no papers to grade and just motivated students.

  5. I love “Christmas Treat” too! And congratulations on your teaching appointment- you will make a great teacher- wish I could come and learn from you! And what a sweet photo- I totally agree- keep and celebrate our best sunny yellow selves!

  6. Beautiful quilts–and a wonderful photo. I can appreciate good photos since I’m not photogenic! If I’m not teaching this summer I would love to come take your class!

  7. I found your blog while looking up “Lollipop Tree” quilts to see what the class was all about as my husband brought the class schedule home. Love the quilt and will be signing up for the class.

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