Happy Day!

Hi everyone! Chelsea is feeling really good. She’s walking all over the house and I can see my next problem is going to be how to keep her quiet. It’s a good problem to have so I’ll take it!

Now that she’s feeling better, I can get back to work! This morning I spent time in my studio, working on my new block of the month. Last year, when I was working on “All Things Christmas” I showed you a piece of fabric and asked you to guess what it would be in the quilt. Well none of you guessed although you had some great ideas! Don’t know if you remember, but it turned out to be the body of this stocking.

Well, look at this tiny sketch I drew this morning. I’m going to use it in my new Christmas quilt. I hope you’ll be surprised when you see where it goes. If you can guess, come May, you could win a free pattern. You’ll have to wait until May to see if anyone wins because I can’t let the sketch out of the bag just yet! Here’s a hint; it’s very whimsical. Oh there’s that magic word again. The word I LOVE so much!

It’s from these little tiny sketches that I design my appliqué quilts. I come up with a theme and then draw lots of sketches. I keep my sketches loose, and don’t worry about how they look at this point. I just need the ideas on paper so I can remember them! Then I layout the quilt on graph paper, and pull together the sketches I think will work. Finally I take my “idea sketches”, turn them into simplified drawings for appliqué, add pieced blocks and spacing blocks and ta da…a new quilt is on it’s way! By the time you see the little sketch above, it will be all cleaned up, and appliquéd! Yes, there’s a bit of embroidery in it too!

I’ll show you a bit more of what goes into designing a quilt as I go along this time. (:

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  • Jackie - Great stocking! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for May. I can’t possibly begin to imagine what it will be!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne in Hawaii - Could it be part of the border? Or maybe the plaque above the fireplace? Possibly the stitched into the top of another stocking? Or somewhere on Santa’s bag? Sooo many possibilities…can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - It could either be on Santa’s coat or Mrs. Claus’ apron or Rudolphs blanket or………..

    Whatever it is it’s going to be grand.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I like the insight you are giving us as to how you deisgn! My guess is that the little sketch will be in the border.ReplyCancel

  • Niki - Oh goodie gumdrops. LOL. I can’t wait 2 see your pattern! Oh ya, and a contest is always good 2 . LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - Glad Chelsea is doing well. I love the process of dreaming a quilt. Its the funnest. Sometimes I do wake-up in the night with an idea and if I don’t write it down I forget it. It is fun seeing your process. I’m starting your “table treats for spring” topper this week. I have all the fabric picked out. Its going to be fun.ReplyCancel

  • Dandelion Quilts - Glad Chels is feeling better. The stocking is very cute. Could the sketch be part of an ornament?ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Love your blog and patterns…have added you to my favorite blog list…check out my blog.. http://www.therunningquilter.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Amy Elizabeth - I love the stocking! How cute! The sketch looks like little candy flowers to me. I think they should be part of gingerbread house or scenery for a whimsy candyland …something like that. I am looking forward towards seeing how it turns out!!ReplyCancel