Postcard from (Snowy) Sweden

The first time I saw JeliQuilt’s ‘Postcard from Sweden’ quilt (free pattern download at jeliquilts’ Craftsy shop), I knew I needed one of them living with me.  All the color!

I finished this one late last year, but was waiting for a nice snowy day to get some pictures. The contrast is a lot of fun!

We had a week of wintery weather in February (which was not a lot, but enough for me). I took the quilt outside just after the snow stopped falling — but the wind was still so strong!

Since this quilt is all about color placement, picking up a Kona cotton quilt kit is a great option (I got mine at Stash Fabrics, but they also have them at Craftsy, as well as other places outside the U.S.). Although I often don’t enjoy using quilt kits, I loved making this one. I felt happy just seeing all the colors come together under the sewing machine.

I finished the top last August while on vacation in Michigan. I echo quilted along both sides of the seams. The backing is a fun popcorn fabric from Cotton + Steel. I was imagining using this in the summer while watching outdoor movies!

I think I made a couple color placement mistakes, but I don’t mind at all. It’s a happy quilt.

The Winner!

Thanks to each of you who left a comment on my blogiversary post! I appreciate all your kind words, and it is good to know that you are out there! And now—

Chosen at random by random.org, the winner of the Marmalade charm packs is Nancy Ridder! Congrats Nancy! I’ve sent you an email.

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I have a couple of quilts ready to share, but I’m looking for a place to take some pictures. Outside is not pretty right now — muddy and gray, that’s all. In the meantime, I’m working away, trying to finish some other things before the end of January.

Blogiversary Giveaway!

I’m celebrating my third blogiversary this week! It’s hard to believe — it seems these most recent years have flown. What happened to the long, never-ending days and weeks of our childhood?

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Here is a fitting picture that represents my last several years – do you know what it is? A cross-section of the everlasting gobstopper of that childhood, perhaps? No, no, even better: it is a roll of binding scraps! What a colorful few years it has been! (And one day, I shall make a very big, and very, very scrappy quilt.)

To celebrate, let’s have a giveaway! I wanted to find a fabric that came out at the same time as this blog started, but honestly, I was wasting too much time looking for that information. So, here’s a fabric that pre-dates this blog by a bit, but which is still much loved: it’s Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille.

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One person will win these two charm packs (5-inch squares) of Marmalade from my personal fabric stash. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open to all, far and wide, and will close this Sunday 1/22 at 10:00 pm (EST).

Thanks for reading along, friends!