My blogging friends Nicole and Thelma have already blogged about the Toulouse quilt that all 3 of us are making, but I wanted to wait until I had some actual progress to show before I wrote about it. I do have all my block components finished, and now I can set to work to build the blocks for this quilt. Don't you love them? I am using Maison de Noel fabrics designed by 3 Sisters several years ago. If I had known back then how much I would love this fabric, I would have bought bolts of it. Toulouse has oodles of 9-patches and is surrounded by a flying geese border.
I really love these corner stars that appear in the border. Like all Miss Rosie quilts, there are a lot of different design elements in this quilt, and it makes it interesting and fun to make. I often talk to customers in the quilt store who are intimidated by Carrie Nelson's patterns. If you are one of them - please don't be! She takes simple quilt shapes like stars, 9-patches and flying geese and turns them into something fabulously complex looking, but easy to assemble. I promise - Carrie walks you through every block, every step of the way with a great sense of humor, too. No wonder so many of us love her patterns!
I am not one to make resolutions - either for some behavior I need to change in my life or for the year's quilting accomplishments. I'm more of a "magpie" type of quilter - I work on whatever beautiful fabric or pattern catches my eye at the moment. So for me to plan out my projects a whole year in advance would be setting myself up for failure.
Still, I do have a goal for 2010, and that is to make Christmas quilts to display in my home during the holidays. I made this decision in November, during day 11 of the Cross County Blog Hop - a day that featured Christmas quilts. I have none! I need some! I've been searching for Christmas quilt patterns ever since.
This weekend I was at a quilt store that I seldom visit, and found this great pattern, called O' Christmas Tree designed by Nancy Murty of Bee Creative Studio. If you visit my friend Thelma's blog, she just finished a quilt - also called Oh Christmas Tree - also a tree made of squares - 1" finished squares that is. Her quilt is beautiful, but no, I don't see myself strip piecing 4,950 squares to make that quilt, although it is very pretty.
The pattern I chose is a very interesting design. It's comprised of 6 rows, each row containing 5 blocks with various combinations of 9-patches, flying geese, half-square triangles and squares, and you end up with a fabulous tree that measures 60x69. It looks like it will be very interesting to collect fabrics for, and also very fun and interesting to piece.