Friday, December 24, 2010

Red, White and Wonderful . . .

Thanks so much for all the border suggestions on my floating green and red star quilt. (Root Beer Float) Here's what I've decided, it's not going on my Lifetime Quilt List for 2010, which about makes me cry, there goes my goal of completing 12 projects for 2010. And in the end, I may decide that I am done with that quilt, but I really need to give a few of your border suggestions a try, which requires going through my stash looking for fabric, laying the quilt on the floor on a bright sunny day, and auditioning the options to find just the right combination.

Cindy, the designer of the pattern Root Beer Float, reminded me that a border going all the way around the quilt looks totally different than just a strip running down the side, so I need to think about that too. So I'm giving it a rest, for now, stay tuned for an update, hopefully sooner than later! One thing I do know for sure, when I find the perfect combination, I'll know it, there's not much gray area for me, I'm either all in or all out! Walking away for a week or two is the wise thing to do.
(being wise is no fun and so not me, but wise I'll be, this once!)

I have one last project on my 2010 To Do List that I'm hoping to squeeze in. I've pre-washed and pressed the fabric,

Roman Holiday by 3 Sisters for Moda. I think this fabric came out in 2007.

I had only been sewing for a little over a year when it was released and I totally missed buying any fabric from that family. Every now and then when a quilt pops up on a blog that used that fabric I just swoon, wishing I had some of my own to work into something.

Then, earlier this year, Lisa the Stashmaster decided to sell a few kits from her stash, kits that she really liked but didn't think she would ever make. If you follow Lisa's blog, you know that picking great fabric is one of her specialities. As soon as I saw this kit I was on it, I felt like I won the lottery!

The pattern was in the December 2007 issue of McCall's. The pattern is called Red, White & Wonderful and is designed by Gerri Robinson.

This quilt finishes at less than 60 inches square, I think wrapping up this year with this project will be perfect. The fabric is lovely, the piecing easy, no pattern or fabric changes on my part, really I swear, I'm sticking to this pattern, as is!


Here at home, the presents are wrapped, the decorating done, the groceries bought, nothing left to do but celebrate! I picked my daughter up at the airport yesterday so the party has officially started. Plus, we're in for a white Christmas, just what my California Girl wished for, thanks Santa!


  1. Merry Christmas to you! Waiting on that quilt will be hard, I'm sure, but you're'll enjoy the end so much more!

  2. It's beautiful! I wish I had some Roman Holiday too. What a fun project for this time of year. I agree you should wait on Rot Beer Float - I usually have a hard time with that, but you'll be happier in the end!
    Merry Christmas Thelma!!

  3. Merry Christmas! I, too love Roman Holiday. I have made a quilt and a couple of table runners and still have a fat quarter bundle downstairs!

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Thelma.

  5. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy working on your last project of the year!

  6. Thelma, have a Happy day and enjoy your time with your daughter. Merry Christmas!

  7. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for Root Beer Float. I know it will be perfect!

    I'd never seen Roman Holiday before I heard about it on your blog. I took my first quilting lesson in November of 2007. It's beautiful!

  8. I loved that line of fabric. I saved some too for my personal stash and then kitted it up to sell for others for the Houston show. It made me sad!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Thelma, Roman Holiday is gorgeous and the pattern your using is also beautiful. Enjoy working on it, I can't wait to see it finished. I can't wait to see what projects you whip up next year...I'll be watching! Wishing you and yours a very Blessed and Merry Christmas.

  10. Roman Holiday was one of my all time favorites. I made a quilt out of it and I love that quilt. Have fun and Merry Christmas.

  11. Merry Christmas Thelma! You are such an inspiration. You have more than reached your goal. You have inspired each and everyone who reads your blog with your positive attitude and your TALENT. You make all of your readers think outside the box and take a chance. Thank you!

  12. I so love that fabric collection too and also missed out on it. Nice score fro Lisa! It's going to be beautiful!


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