Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Christmas Then and Now Blog Hop


Welcome to day two of the Christmas in July - Then and Now - Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt  This is a fun hop to show off some Christmas creations we made either in the past or something made recently or both!

Today I am going to show off a few of my favorite Christmas Quilts, and my newest finish.

Let's start with my newest finish!  My Christmas Dresden Quilt!  Quilted and bound!


Finally!!


This is an old UFO I started in 2012 and used lots of different greens and reds prints.  some were Christmasy, some were just red or green.


I started with strips  of alternating red and green and cut all my dresden fans from those.


I made 20 Desdens, but only ended up using 12 in the quilt.  


Once I added the sashing and Cornerstones the quilt was getting really big!  
So now I have 8 more Dresden blocks that I need to put into new projects.


I finished the top in January 2015 and then it sat patiently in his labeled box  while I worked other projects and deadlines.



This blog hop got me inspired to finally give this quilt a deadline so it would get finished!  



It has been on the UFO list for a long time and I am so happy to have it complete and just in time for Christmas in July!





Now lets check out some of my older projects, made way back when... 
First up is the very first Christmas quilt I made.  



It was created in 2007, using all sorts of holiday novelty prints and the Split Nine Patch Block.
I still pull this one out and drape it over the couch every Christmas.




This next one was finished in 2012.  It is a Schnibbles pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company called Spot.  This was the first time I bought a pre-cut and have never turned back.  I used to think precuts were a waste of money because they cost more than yardage when you added it up, but I soon realized sometimes being able to get a whole fabric line was worth the little extra dollars.

Like buying grated cheese.  The block is cheaper, but pre-graded saves so much time.

I loved this fabric line so much I made another lager quilt out of it called Starry Eyed.  I copied the pattern right down to the fabric choice. This one was finished in 2013.




This next one is another one of my favorites.  I finished this one in 2014. It was my own design and I just love all the red and white pinwheels.  Reminds me of Christmas Candy.  I gifted it to my sister and have always thought in the back of my mind I will make one just like it for myself one day.







This round table topper was a small project that I love.  I made two of these, one for my good friend in Tennessee in 2011 and one for me in 2014. It fits perfect on my round side table.  I had fun playing with the 10 degree ruler from Phillips Fiber Arts to make these.







This next one was my second One Block Wonder Quilt and made in 2017.  I had fun making this one from start to finish.  Other than when I played along with Project Quilting, this was probably the fasted I have made a quilt without putting it aside to work on other projects.   I bought the fabric November 28th and had it ready to gift on Christmas Eve.  I gave this one to my Aunt, she absolutely loved it!





The last one I want to show off is the one I made last year for my other Sister.  She was long overdue for a Christmas quilt.  I finished these festive trees last year and shipped it out to her just in time for Christmas.



I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite Christmas Quilts I made over the years.  Make sure to check out the other Blog Hoppers and see what they have made, then and now.


July 28



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45 comments:

  1. Oh such beautiful quilts you are sharing with us! Sure glad I don’t have to pick a favourite! Gorgeous each and every one!

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  2. All your quilts are amazing but your latest, the "Christmas Dresden Quilt," is especially lovely!

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  3. Beautiful quilts, especially your sister's quilt of trees

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  4. You have some beautiful Christmas quilts. Love that you finished a UFO it is awesome.

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  5. Wonderful Christmas collection! :)

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  6. What a lovely, festive quilt show! I love them all. Your latest finish is spectacular, congrats on the finish and one less UFO.

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  7. Wow, I am awed by all your projects! All beautiful! I love the Christmas dresden, enjoying a closeup look at one of the "plates" and seeing fabrics I have/have had. Hee, hee. The sashing is wonderful. The one block wonder is awesome--I just finished one (not Christmas). Thanks for sharing so many lovely things!

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  8. Wow, those Dresedens are gorgeous! WOW! My other favorite of all that you showed is the tree quit for your sister--very cute!

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  9. OMGosh, I can't believe how many wonderful Christmasy, quilted projects you've made. They are all just fabulous. I think your OBW is the same fabric I have (Have had for several years.) and have not gotten made. You are encouraging me with all these Christmasy quilts. Thank you.

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  10. What a stunning collection. I've been up and down this post several times and can't begin to pick a favorite. All so different. I will say that those dresdens are insane. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  11. You’ve made a lot of Christmas quilts, I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite! Well done,

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  12. Love your new quilt - they look like Christmas wreaths. So beautiful! And what a showcase of beautiful Christmas quilts. So inspiring!

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  13. What a beautiful finish for the Hop and some lovely projects throughout the years!!

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  14. These are all so gorgeous. I love the Dresdens. I have yet to make one. You have inspired me. I can see some of these extras as a bed runner.
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  15. EEEK! So many beautiful sights to see! I have fallen in love with Dresdens that have pieced blades. It's really fun to see what they will look like. Kind of reminds me of a kaleidoscope. This Christmas versions sure brings the jolly into the holiday!

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  16. I'm a huge fan of Dresden's so you rocked my world this morning with yours. Wow, just wow. It is gorgeous! Then I moved on to see your "then" projects and was just mind-boggled at the beauty of all of them. You are definitely an incredible Christmas quilter! Thank you, Leah, for sharing your "then and now" with us and giving us so much inspiration. xo

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  17. Too many choices to say which is my favorite as they are all beautiful.

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  18. My goodness, those Dresdens are amazing! So glad you had a deadline to get it finished - just beautiful. Your other quilts strike a Christmas cord within me - so fun! Oh - I also love your porch for photos, and I bet it's great for just relaxing, too.

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  19. Those are great looking Dresdens! Hadn't thought to use strips that way.

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  20. You have so many beautiful Christmas quilts, and the one with Dresdens is my favorite!

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  21. So many Christmas quilts, but I do love your most recent finish.

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  22. The Christmas Dresden is gorgeous, but so are all your other quilts. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. I always love your quilts and Christmas ones are NO exception. Congrats on the Dresden finish, it's beautiful.

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  24. I"m so glad you were inspired to finish this Dresden quilt! I LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing! I've never made a Dresden, but it is on my bucket list!

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  25. Your Christmas quilts are beautiful! Congratulations on finishing up the Dresden quilt this year!

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  26. Thanks for sharing your quilts. Dresden patterns are fun. 'Spot' really caught my eye as did the 'Tree' quilts.

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  27. So many lovely Christmas quilts! Your Dresden is gorgeous, a lot of work to make these blocks, I imagine?

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  28. I marvelled at that amazing Dresden quilt and then I saw the wonderful red and black one near the end of your post. Oh....wow!!!!

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  29. That dresden quilt is fantastic.

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  30. Hi Leah! What a fun post! I enjoyed seeing all of your quilts - they are all beautiful. How cool that you finished your Dresden quilt - the cornerstones and sashing really let each Dresden shine. I gasped right out loud at your last quilt of trees for your sister. I am so in love with that quilt - I am certain your sister enjoys it very much and feels all the love you stitched into it. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  31. Ok I thought every quilt was my favorite until I saw the next one! All super gorgeous.

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  32. Love all your quilts--especially that red one-block wonder--beautiful!!

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  33. I really like all of your quilts. The Dresden is gorgeous.

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  34. Your dresden plate is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing our other festive projects.

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  35. That Dresden is amazing! I also really like your starry eyed.

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  36. Wow oh wow! You put me to shame! You do such beautiful work.

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  37. So much pretty eye candy here, but I really love love love your round table topper!

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  38. I love seeing all of the Christmas quilts you have made! I think it is really special to give gifts that are brought out every year at holiday time. Whenever I hang ornaments that were given to me, I think of those people and am awash in love for them. Imagine how the recipients of your quilts feel. You have just motivated me to get busy working on my Christmas quilts!

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  39. Your Dresden quilt is spectacular! I love that people are showing older pieces and quilts. Your mix of colors are beautiful, and the clean simplicity of your tree quilt really makes it shine. Thanks so much for sharing your work.

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  40. So many pretty Christmas quilts! How neat that you were able to finish the Dresden for this Hop! It's really pretty!

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  41. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful quilt! So many pieces, but the result is stunning! Love all your past Christmas creations, too. You do beautiful work.

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  42. What a great Christmas quilt show! Congrats on the Dresden finish as well. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  43. You DO have some really gorgeous Christmas quilts, not the least of which is your recently finished Dresden for the hop. I'm glad something got it out of the closet! I really like all the quilts, but that One Block Wonder is stunning in the colors you used.

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  44. So many beautiful quilts. I just love them all. Isn't is wonderful to get UFO's done.

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  45. All of these projects are really wonderful. I love the dresden tho, and that one block wonder quilt... So my colors on that one and it's spectacular. The dresden, really great way to use up scraps and I think with the extra dresdens it would be fun to make pillows or long pillows to place across the top of the quilt.

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