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I must have been working on this particular quilt for nearly 20 years!  It was a Block of the Month before those became so popular, and I was assured that as a newbie quilter, it was well within my skills!  WRONG!  I did finally get it together, layered and basted, planning to quilt it on my domestic machine.  Well, that was a horrible idea!  I had no such skills!

Think the next several years spending time folded up in a drawer, while your maker slowly improves her domestic machine quilting.  Meanwhile your maker has discovered paying a LAQ to do most of her projects (I have more ideas than I have time!)  I finally pulled the poor thing out and vowed to finish!  It took more than 3 months (notice the Christmas design?), but it's done.  

As a newbie quilter, I had made several mistakes that I would not do now!  My fabric choices leave something to be desired, mostly in quality.  At that time I didn't understand the pitfalls of cheaper fabric, even when you really liked the color!  So, quilting friends, here it is:

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Comment by Barb/Oregon on March 28, 2016 at 11:36am

This is absolutely gorgeous!!  Am sure you will enjoy it much during the Christmas season.  I have a quilt pattern with the look of a fireplace - stockings and all.  Have always wanted to do - probably will not - but I look at it most every Christmas and dream!!

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on March 27, 2016 at 10:01am

I love it!  And I don't think it's dated at all.  What a fun Christmas quilt.

Comment by LKC on March 25, 2016 at 7:49pm

O how cute! Love the snow man. Makes me want to get busy with the kit I bought after Christmas.

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 22, 2016 at 5:09pm

I think it's wonderful. I think anything Christmas is happy and colorful.  I hear what your saying about using cheap fabric.  Once you have used the good fabrics you never go back.  You did a great job and congratulation on finishing this lovely quilt.

Comment by Shannon, ON on March 22, 2016 at 4:58pm

i love it. not dated at all. still lots of that type around...floral, scenic, and christmas! love the wonky tree!

Comment by Monica Curry on March 22, 2016 at 3:28pm

It looks wonderful. Good for you for completing it.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 22, 2016 at 11:57am

Isn't it interesting how styles and tastes change over time?  

Comment by Janet/MO on March 22, 2016 at 7:46am

Done is better than perfect!  Congratulations on getting it finished.  It is wonderful.

Comment by Barb/WI on March 21, 2016 at 5:01pm

Great quilt!  The snowman with the missing head makes me laugh...along with your ferocious nutcracker.  This is too cute to be tucked into a drawer.  Way to go!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 21, 2016 at 4:25pm

To me it looks a little "dated."  But what do I expect after 20 years??  I think the ferocious soldier/ nutcracker in the center bottom block could have been replaced -- just one of the several things I'd do differently now!

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