Friday, December 16, 2011

Santa's Helper

My daughter in law mentioned that cutest grand baby in the world was in a new big bed and she needed a bedspread, would I make a quilt?

"Would I make a quilt?" Hmmm, let me think about it a few minutes...of coarse I would.

This request was made not to long ago with no time limit, but don't we as quilters love to work under pressure? I, on my own, decided this quilt needed to be done by Christmas, so...I enlisted Grandpa in the process and last weekend he very willingly rotary cut and ironed half square triangles, cut out snake eyes, etc. while I kept sewing. It was the funnest weekend, Jasper the dog kept watch - sort of - wondering what we were both doing in the sewing room.

Ta Dah we did it! A whole top sewn in a weekend. I quilted it on my long arm on Tuesday and worked on the binding the next couple evenings.

The quilt is wrapped and on it's way to Texas to be opened Christmas morning. This pattern was called "Snoozin with Snakes" in the book Quick Quilts by Fons and Porter in the early 90s. I found this pattern at under their free patterns page. I increased the half square triangle size from 3 to 4 inch finished blocks and drew a new bigger head to make the quilt large enough for a full size bed.

In all this last minute quilt making craziness I did manage to get some Christmas cookies decorated. My sweet daughter baked them a couple weeks ago and I just had to pull them out of the freezer and decorate. The doves are my favorites because they turn out so pretty and are soooo easy. Royal Icing and a toothpick used to drag the blue icing to create the feathering. All of the recipes and cookie decorating instructions are found at:

I hope you are also enjoying the last few days before Christmas, what ever you take on, have fun!


  1. Oh my! What a fun weekend!! And double effort for sure!! I think your hubby was a good sport to be photographed for your blog.
    Happy Holidays!!

  2. What a fun quilt! I'm so impressed your husband helped you make it!! I bet it will be received with delight on Christmas morning.

  3. How wonderful that it's a family effort to get the quilt done and it's sure to be loved.
    The dove biscuits are the preetiest I've seen.

  4. What a fun and happy quilt and extra special because it was made with double the love.
    Those dove cookies are beautiful!

  5. Those cookies just look wonderful. And, great job on getting a quilt finished and ready to mail by Christmas. Your Grandson is just going to love it. Have a Merry Christmas.