Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas QAL and Challenge

                                                              Needle, Thread, Happiness 
Good morning from a very cold east coast , we are bracing for our first major winter storm tomorrow , lots of snow and lots of wind and it is mighty cold out there , not the norm for us for December but it does help put us in the Christmas spirit , I love a white Christmas :-)
 Away back in June  I joined in on the Christmas QAL & challenge with Joanna   and Hazel our hostesses and our challenge was presented by Sue  . I love a challenge and this one involved making a Christmas project with specific measurements that did not have any red or green , now that is quite the challenge but I was up for it or so I thought ;-) I went to my stash of Christmas fabrics which is not that large to begin with and the only thing I found was some pink and blue fabrics both with snowflakes , ok , that will work ,so off I went to make my block for that month . I did not have a lot of either fabric so I chose to make a block I felt I could work into a runner and each month I added to this challenge in someway. The end result was to measure no more than 96" and could be any shape  as long as the outside measurements did not exceed this total . Did I manage to do that , well I was over by 1/2" or slighlty less , I measured but did not have my camera handy and I meant to go back and take that picture but I completely forgot and I mailed it off this week. I had taken a picture of the runner a while ago when I finished the quilting but did not realize I needed to measure until later and did not retake that photo.
   Here is my completed runner , I FMQ the blocks and did some straightline quilting in the borders which I really liked the look of , I also stitched in the ditch around each block . Thanks so much to Joanna , Hazel and Sue for this wonderful fun challenge , hope we can do it again sometime .
 Thanks for stopping by today and if you are in the path of the storm stay safe , warm and cosy inside where you can sew to your hearts content.
 Hugs Sheila

27 comments:

  1. I think you did a great job with the challenge and sure the receipiant is very pleased.

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  2. The colors and blocks you selected a wonderful Sheila. What a great gift.

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  3. Thanks for joining in Sheila, I hope you enjoyed it. Your runner is great, and I bet the recipient was very happy with it.

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  4. Very pretty! I like the snowflakes, and the different blocks. If we do this again next year, maybe I'll make a runner, or some other gift idea.

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  5. Hello, Sheila, I really enjoy your blog but find it very difficult to read due to the small font. Would it be possible for you to enlarge it? I would so appreciate it.

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  6. Sheila, that runner looks beautiful. The snowflake fabric in any color looks sweet. Who knew blue, pink and grey could work so well in a Christmas project. Thanks for joining in.

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  7. Great job on the challenge. Stay safe as winter descends in your neck of the woods!

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  8. What a lovely winter runner. You captured the tone of the QAL perfectly.

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  9. This sounds like it was a fun challenge Sheila. Love how your runner turned out!

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  10. Your runner is lovely, beautiful soft colours. I hope the weather isn't too terrible for you!

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  11. Great table runner. I love your colour combination. It looks soft and cool.

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  12. A great runner I love the colours. x

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  13. What a great challenge. You made a lovely table runner with not a speck of green or red!

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  14. Your runner looks great. Hugs,xx

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  15. Great job, your runner is lovely

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  16. beautiful runner!
    Hope you stay out of the storm.
    We are expecting temps in the high 30's next week. What a contrast to your weather?

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  17. Just lovely Sheila...your work always is. We are freezing here too; was in Moncton today grocery shopping and to our youngest gradnson's hockey game in Hillsboro this afternoon. It was cold!!!!
    I don't mind the snow coming tomorrow; as it will warm up and I like a white Christmas too. Good roads is what I ask for....

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  18. What a great challenge and I love the table runner. Ia
    M sure the recipient will be pleased.

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  19. lovely table runner... sometimes a challenge is just what is needed to get the creative juices going...
    Hugz

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  20. Unusual but very pretty. I must say I think I would struggle with that challenge!

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  21. A gorgeous runner, it must have been difficult to part with it.

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  22. Such pretty colours and it looks lovely and I'm sure will be much appreciated by the receiver. Take care.

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  23. Your runner is lovely. What a fun challenge project.Happy quilting.

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  24. very pretty and perfect for Christmas and winter time.

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  25. Very simple and lovely. My favorite blocks if I had to choose some and they look so wintery!

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