Monday, December 05, 2005

Christmas Fabric Blossoms

In between laundry and hanging my winter/Christmas quilts today, I played with the new Christmas fabric. I discovered that making a "planned scrappy" is not as easy as it sounds! The above parts are actually two separate blocks. And one must be careful to make sure they are exactly the same two blocks -- putting one fabric in the wrong place changes everything and you lose the pattern! Ask me how I know!

Anyway -- the one on the left was way too boring for me -- yes, all the colors would have been represented if I make enough blocks, so the center star would be blue, red, green, yellow -- but wow, how boring it is. I much prefer the scrappier look of having all four colors meet -- each "star" will still be different because the colors will be in different spots, and that gives it some cohesiveness for those that can't do scrappy and still satisfies me because I love scrappy! I'm going to make more blocks and see where it takes me - haven't decided how big it's going to be.

And this is my first Dear Jane block. And as the author of the book says, "Done is better than perfect"! Actually, it was rather fun to make by hand. I have another one ready to press the freezer paper to the fabric, but I keep getting grabbed by the Pineapple Blossom whenever I walk into the sewing room!


JudyL said...

The Dear Jane block is cute but I just can't imagine making them! They are so intricate! I'll take 15" blocks any day! :)

I love your pineapple. Definitely on my "wannado" list.

Judy L.

Dawn said...

Your pineapple blossom is cute! Very different looking xmas colors and fabric. I definately like the 2nd one better too.

Sharon said...

The Dear Jane block is so nice - once again, *you* can do them, and I'll watch! LOL!

And the pineapple blossom? I like the one where all the colors meet in the too, but I have to admit that I had to look twice to see what you meant! So I guess I like it all!

Laurie Ann said...

Everyone making pineapple blossom, I can't wait to get started on mine!! Keep up the good work and can't wait to see how it turns out!

Laurie said...

Joanne, sure went after those new fabrics! I love the pineapple blossom blocks. I defnitely have a quilt in that pattern in my future!

ALso, the DJ block...I admire anyone who has the patience to do that one! I look at it, admire it, and walk away! *BG* I know better!

JoAnn said...

I'm just getting around to all the quilt blogs. So nice to run upon another Joanne. I loved all of your blog. What would we do without Bonnie? Come by and visit me at

Tonya R said...

"Done is better than perfect" - excellent motto to quilt by. Hopefully the hand-pieced Dear Jane blocks will be a relaxing rather than frustrating project.