Welcome to my blog if you are joining me from Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival for 2012. Welcome back to all of my regular readers. Thank you Amy, and all of the sponsors for giving everyone the opportunity to enter quilts, view quilts from around the world, and have the chance to win some great prizes. Click HERE to see the quilt show.
My entry for the show is Toyland Tree .
The quilt specifications are:
Quilt Measurement: 64" x 76"
Special Technique: Applique, blood, sweat and tears
Quilted by: Me
Best Category: Applique
When I was designing this quilt, I tried to incorporate toys from my youth.
Toys that are now considered vintage and in antique shops!
Everyone has a teddy bear so this block doesn't 'date' me.
I loved to listen to Gene Autry sing Frosty the Snowman on my old 45rpm record player. I was always sad when Frosty melted. My snowman will never melt away.
Isn't it funny that we knew Jack was going to jump out of the box and we still looked forward in anticipation and squealed with delight.
I received a new doll every Christmas. I still have all my dolls and their complete wardrobes. Some of their clothes were made by my Grandmother. Of course she made a doll quilt too.
I never had a marionette, but I do now!
Under the specifications, I mentioned blood, sweat and tears. I agonized over the selection for the background fabric. I completed four blocks with a green background and stopped working on the quilt. Several months later, I switched the background to black and I was much happier with the overall, dramatic look.
The stocking always came first for me on Christmas morning. It was so much fun to look for the treasures buried in the bottom of the stocking's toe. What fun!
I used specialty thread and quilted snowflakes around the tree in the crosshatched area.
I quilted swirls in the body of the tree to give it movement and the look of swirling snow and added a fun, colorful border.
I used crosshatching to define the outline of the tree.
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