Finish number one, I got the Christmas tree in my sewing room out and decorated. This tree should be the first decoration I get out, not my last. All those pink decorations on a fluffy white tree put a smile on my face. It's a random assortment of food, beverage, Hello Kitty, Barbie and bedazzled ornaments, but they're all pink so it works, or so I think! It even lights up.
Finish number two, my Joyful Round and Round! This is the quilt that will be hanging in my living room next Christmas! I think I'm one of the last stragglers to finish for Camille's Round and Round-along, but this is definitely a perfect case of better late than never.
This is Lifetime Quilt Number 121
The pattern is Round and Round by Camille Roskelly for thimble blossoms.
The fabric is all by Kate Spain for Moda. There's some "In from the cold", "12 days of Christmas" and even a little "Joy". The background fabric is the white on white snowflake print from "In from the cold". It doesn't show up in this picture but it looks great in person, all those snowflakes surrounding my blocks.
I've even pieced a scrappy binding to match.
My quilt finished at 74" x 78". I added a 3 inch outer border to give the blocks a little more float.
It has approximately 625 pieces.
If you've seen this finished quilt out in blogland and have not added it to your To Do list, and really, I don't even know how that could be humanly possible, give it another thought. It looks even more wonderful in person, and better yet quilted I'm sure, but besides that, there's just some sort of zen peaceful quality about working on the quilt that you need to experience. I'm not sure if it's all the white background or the easy piecing, but when you need a relaxing project, this is the one for you, it was the perfect relaxing yin to my hectic December yang. I always enjoy Christmas, I truly believe it is the most wonderful time of the year, but some years I have more spirit than others, this year I have plenty and even some to spare, and I think it was working on this quilt that got me there.
Christmas officially starts Saturday at my house, that's when my favorite daughter arrives home for the holidays! I have a little wrapping left to do and the big grocery store shopping trip, but I plan to be drinking an eggnog latte while I finish up that to do, so it won't even be a chore. I hope you're getting the sprit of the season and well on your way to reaping the benefits of your time and hard work.