Christmas Around the World in March

Hello my Friends! It feels like forever since I have said hello. But even without my normal check ins, I have been thinking of you. I have been especially thinking of my F2F friends who made me Christmas blocks last year.

I know, I know, it has been a year since I was the lucky recipient of my blocks, but between being sick and the holidays, and work, it has been hard to get back in the groove. I am happy to report though that I have finished my Christmas around the world quilt. Yea!!

Isn’t it so festive and fantastic?! It is filled with kind thoughts from my friends from all around the world. Just look at these exquisite blocks —

Each quilter sent me three blocks of their choosing. —

1. I was delighted when Monike’s paper pieced blocks from Canada arrived That fox and the flowers are gorgeous!

2. The talented F2F leader Kate@talltalesfromchiconia from Australia sent me the next three.

3. Aren’t Sue’s blocks @ Sewing Magpie so cute? I love the heart block!

4. Edi from Ohio sent the bold colors on top

5. And Lynn from The Tialys sent those adorable paper pieced Christmas trees and 6 pointed star all the way from France!

6. Robin sent those classic Christmas blocks from Australia. I especially like the diamonds.

7. The Crafy Creek Margaret sent me the cute blocks with little mice on them from the UK.

8. My Desert Sky Tucson/ Tennessee friend from Desert Sky Quilts sent me the flying geese and traditionally pieced blocks that were done to perfection.

9. And all the way from Texas, the beautiful Moira from Quilted Snail sent me these final beautifully pieces blocks with the perfect tones of green and red.

Isn’t that fun?! My three blocks rounded it out to 30 blocks in total

But thirty 12.5” blocks were not nearly enough to make a king sized quilt for my bed, so… I had started piecing all different kinds of 6.5” blocks as fillers.

I paper pieced a bunch of Christmas trees that I think really added to the theme. You can find the pattern and tutorial here.

I also made 9 patches and pinwheels along with some lazy plain 6.5” plain fabric. Hey, I was getting tired! Lol:)

The hard part was laying the pieces out to make them fit. The quilt was so big that it didn’t fit anywhere in my house to keep building the quilt

I finally just finished it by taking a picture and finishing the design on my computer. There were a lot of half seams to make them all fit, but the end result was worth it!

Phew! That was a crazy puzzle to be sure! I used my scraps to make the piano border. I cut the fabric scrap to 4,5 inches and didn’t worry about the width. 1.5 to 3” were a-ok with me. I like the variation

The backing is this red geometric that matches perfectly. My DH even noticed:) I think having it on the bed instead of the quilt closet probably helped. Lol!

And what would a final reveal be without one last piece of sugar plum eye candy? Here you go! —

It has truly been a JOY making this Christmas Around the World quilt. I am so thankful to my quilting friends for sharing their talents with me. I love you all!