Welcome to my day in the “Christmas RAPPers” blog hop. If you are a seasonal quilter you will love the patterns in this book. If you are not most of the designs are perfect anytime of the year by choosing different fabrics.
First I would like to thank the authors, Margaret Brewster Willingham and Nan Baker who graciously provided me with a digital copy of the book titled “Christmas RAPPing- Christmas Quilts featuring Reverse Applique & Paper Piecing”. Initially I volunteered to make the Mexican Christmas mini which is a paper pieced quilt, (oh it is gorgeous) because mostly I am a paper piecer. When I found out no one was making “Miracle at the Manger” I asked if I could switch. Of course I would love to make them all and perhaps I will at a later date.
I would also like to thank Island Batik and their partners Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting and AccuQuilt. They made it possible for me to participate in the hop with the generous Ambassador box.
In addition to the above mentioned, June Tailor Inc was also a sponsor.
Be sure to scroll all the way down for links to the other blog participants, links to the authors websites and purchasing info as well as a giveaway.
All of the fabric in this post were given to me as an Island Batik Ambassador.
Island Batik-Large Netting Sand BE
Island Batik-Twigs Desert BE
Island Batik-Peach Basics
Island Batik-gray solid
Island Batik-Universe (the night sky fabric
Island Batik- Acorn
Assorted 5″ strips from the Island Batik Stash Builders.
The yardage estimates for Miracle at the manger were generous.
There are a few options for the designs. For instance the animals, you can applique them directly to the quilt top or applique them onto ornaments. I chose to applique them onto ornaments.
Halo and Manger
The halo is paper pieced but I had this great yellow fabric so I decided to do a fussy cut and fusible applique. I was a little worried about changing this but they told me it was fine to make it my own.
Star of wonder and mini star of light
Star of wonder (large star) is reverse applique.. Until this quilt I had never attempted RA and found it much easier to do than regular applique. If you don’t have an inkling for RA this star could easily be made with needle turn or fusible applique. I also used the same yellow as the halo in the larger points.
Mini star of light blocks are paper pieced with an applique diamond. Again, don’t avoid this lovely quilt because you don’t paper piece as this could also be appliqued.
I love the peach fabric for the animals . The camel is appliqued to the quilt top as are Mary and Joseph, there is also a run away cat ornament. I’m not sure where that darned cat ran off to, perhaps hiding from Enzo under one of my cabinets. I’ll just make another. Aren’t they cute?
Mary and Joseph
Variety of fabrics for Mary
Joseph just these three fabrics
I really love the applique detail in their clothing and headdress.
Can’t help but to share Enzo
Enzo (the quilt judge) has claimed yet another one and I just noticed he brought a snack with him. Does this mean he is planning on staying a while? In fact it did, he remained in this same spot until I was finished for the night. Then picked up his snack and sauntered away. That body language. BTW, that tongue is always hanging out.
Piecing I used 40wt Aurifil thread.
Appliques I used 50wt.
See how bright it was? I’m not complaining since I’ve only had a window for a couple months.
Well, not quite. There are star buttons to add for hanging the ornaments. Their placement is dependent on where I want the ornaments to hang. The buttons are stitched to the quilt, ribbon added to the ornaments and then hung from the stars. But I am considering making the animals again and appliqueing them directly on the quilt. Once I decide I will add the buttons.
For batting I used Hobbs 80/20.
For cutting the binding I used the AccuQuilt 2 1/2″ strip die and IB Universe fabric,
Now that I have written my own short story I will leave you to visit the other blogs and the authors. Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter.
Visit other Christmas Rappers to see all the projects in this book.
Joan Kawano, Moosestash Quilting, https://www.moosestashquilting.com. April 29
Linda Pearl, One Quilting Circle, https://onequiltingcircle.com/. April 30
Kathy Bruckman, Kathy’s Kwilts and More, http://www.kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com/. May 1
Bea Lee, Beaquilter, www.beaquilter.com . May 2
Sherry Shish, Powered by Quilting, http://poweredbyquilting.com . May 3
Jennifer Strauser, Dizzy Quilter, http://dizzyquilter.com/ . May 4
Barbara Gaddy, Bejeweled Quilts, www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com . May 5
Nancy Myers, Patchwork Breeze, www.patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com . May 6
Vicki Schlimmer, Vicki’s Crafts and Quilts, http://knitbug2.blogspot.com/ . May 7
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail, https://quiltinggail.wordpress.com . May 8
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde, http:// www.creativeblonde.co.uk . May 9
Maryellen Mcauliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine, http://www.marymackmademine.com/ . May 10
Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese, https://fortheloveofgeese.com . May 11
Maria Hrabovsky, Maria Michaels Design, http://www.mariamichaelsdesigns.com/blog/. May 12
The authors and creators Margaret Brewster Willingham-Eye of the beholder and Nan Baker-Purrfect Spots.
Clicking the book on the left will take you to Margaret’s site where you can purchase the book or digital download. Clicking on the right image will take you to Nan’s site.