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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Before I feature my latest barn quilt, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas!!  We should be thankful for everything that we have, especially, our close relationships to our families and friends.  I remember the line from It's a Wonderful Life which states:  He who has friends is never alone!  Since I became involved in painting barn quilts I have added new friends from around the country, who follow my blog, post messages on my Facebook page and send me emails with questions about barn quilts.  It's been a fun ride so far!
My friend, Suzi Parron, from Stone Mountain, GA has been, for the last several weeks, posting photo's on her Facebook page showing barn quilts with a Christmas theme.  In most cases that theme is a barn quilt painted in red's and green's.  I was thinking about making a barn quilt with a Christmas theme to hang by the front entrance of my home.  Suzi's posting gave me the spark to do this. 
I searched through various quilting websites to come up with an appropriate Christmas block pattern.  The pattern that I found is called Christmas Star.  It's a basic pattern painted in dark green and dark red.  I decided to do a variation of this, by using a lighter green and pink in the center.  I was very pleased and these pictures show the results.




Isn't it amazing that you can display the same pattern in the square position and then display it 'on point' and it appears to be to different patterns.  There was an unofficial survey made, when I posted these photo's on Facebook.  Half of the poster's liked the standard view and about half liked the 'on point' view.
Now Suzi has given me another challenge.  She asked that I try a New Year's theme!!!  I searched several quilt pattern sites and was able to come up with one.  I'm not too keen on the color selection that was made, but, I will give myself artistic license and come up with a different color combination.  If you go to http://www.barnquiltlibrary.com/ and search 'Happy New Year Quilt Pattern' you will see what I'm talking about.
Now to the drawing board to plot out the design and play around with colors.  Hopefully, I will have this done by the end of the month.