Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas Has Come to The Magpie's Nest

It all started with the idea to make pillow cases for the granddaughters as part of their Christmas goodies.

The next thing I knew I was making pillow cases out of Christmas prints to use as gift wrap under the tree this year. Then there were the prints that just made up into lovely pillow cases...

I've made 28 pillow cases so far and I may not be done yet!

However, I feel the need to do some simple piecing again. While I was digging out Christmas fabrics from decades ago I came across this 14" square I'd fussy cut out of a giant Christmas stocking panel.

I also found two sets of Christmas theme blocks from back in the day. One set was part of a sampler swap. They are 12" blocks in cranberry and hunter green. The other set are 9" Churn Dash blocks. I think they may have been from a December block lottery. I started with those:

A candy cane print on blue was the perfect thing to use to bring the panel up to 18" square. Then it was an easy matter to surround it with some of the Churn Dash blocks.

Now I have the 12" blocks to decide whether to use or not (I probably will) and some leftover Churn Dash blocks. My goal is to make this about 60 x 80 inches when it's complete, for a comfort quilt or for a child in Foster Care. The trick will be how to turn this 36" square into a rectangle that size. Stay tuned for further developments!

And in the meantime, I wish my friends in the USA a warm and lovely Thanksgiving. :- )


  1. Great pillowcases! Your Christmas quilt is lovely, I'm amazed at how you pulled the pieces together to make this quilt. These blocks were made for each other.

  2. The pillowcases as wrapping is genious!


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