Thursday, November 15, 2012

Comfort & Joy - The Reveal!

I've gone from no Christmas quilts to TWO Christmas quilts in a matter of months and I'm over the moon with both of them.

I fell in love with the Comfort & Joy quilt when I first saw it on Anne's blog.  She invited her readers to join her quilt along by doing a block a month.


  
As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to do the majority of the appliqued elements in wool...with a little cotton thrown in for good measure.

I joined the group about three months late and had a lot of catching up to do, got caught up, then fell behind again.  

When Mr. Painted Quilt and I decided that we were going to get a new puppy, I knew that I would not have any free time to devote to working on the quilt once he got here, much less finish it.  I really am not into UFO's so my plan was to put the pedal to the metal and get 'r done before he arrived.  

And that's exactly what I did!




Once again, Alice did an incredible job of custom quilting this baby.  The photos do not do it justice at all!



Some closer looks...













I wanted this quilt to have a "scrappy, home-y" appearance and by using a variety of homespun fabrics, many of which were gifted to me by Mary of Quilt Hollow, I achieved the look that I had envisioned.  Thanks again, Mary! 

I stuck pretty much to the design layout this time but did end up adding a few different elements as well.



I don't know about you all but the spirit of Christmas is starting to present itself in the Painted Quilt household...so much so that I just might have to begin decorating sometime this weekend...starting with my two Christmas quilts, of course!

56 comments:

WoolenSails said...

It came out beautifully, wonderful quilting and keeping with the prim look.

Debbie

beaquilter said...

very cute! argh christmas is coming soon!

paulette said...

STUNNING!!!! I love it!
P

Paula said...

Your quilt is adorable. The quilting also is wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Fleurette said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

B J Elder said...

Another great quilt! Sounds like Christmas will be very cozy at your house this year!

Lizzie said...

What a great quilt. Beautiful. First time I have actually seen this pattern and it is quite nice. Lizzie

Heartsdesire said...

An absolutely gorgeous quilt, Kaaren. All that work was certainly worthwhile. And so beautifully quilted as well. Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it, so guess it's time to start thinking about decorating. Looking forward to seeing your lovely home decorated for the holidays.

Siobhán said...

Oh my gosh, you must be so thrilled! I love all the blocks, but I think the snowman is my favorite. After a few years of bah humbug Christmas feelings, I'm finally feeling festive. I'm glad you are, too!

Susannah said...

Oh Kaaren...this ia a beauty also!!!!! You are a very talented person and it shows. I really love this one but then a gain... I love every one that you make. Marvelous!

Bev said...

It's AMAZING Kaaren! I absolutely LOVE it! It's actually helping me get into the Christmas spirit.

Cheery wave!

Bev

Janet O. said...

You certainly achieved your aim of a homey feel to this quilt. It exudes what Christmas is to me--warmth, comfort, love and joy.
I have noticed you are not into UFOs. Can you bottle that and sell it?

jackiescrafts said...

What a beautiful quilt and it certainly has that homey feel about it

Jackie x

Tina said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love your color and fabric choices. All I can say is WOW!

SueB said...

that is a WOW WOW WOW. Love it.. Would have loved to have sat and sewed along with you, Ollie and Frankie.. Great job..

Sheila said...

Oh my that is incredible, I love the wool and cotton together , so comfy looking !!!Wonderful quilting to finish it off , your house will be filled with warmth with these two gorgeous quilts!

gracie said...

I have not blog visited in a week and what do I find when I finally do? A beautiful quilt that makes me feel cozy!

Angie said...

It is absolutely GORgeous!!! I am in love with this quilt---colors, fabrics, quilting---just divine. :d

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Just in time for the holiday season. It's warm and cozy appearance will truly enhance the holidays.

Kathy MacKie said...

Over the moon beautiful, you must be sew pleased.

Stephanie said...

Comforting? Absolutely. Joyous? Oh yes indeed. May the holiday season bring you comfort and joy as well.

Anne said...

Love love love it. Can't wait to finish mine. I've added an extra border so am still trying to figure out the appliqué. Good job there Kaaren!

Sandi said...

Lovely quilt Kaaren, it will bring you comfort and joy for many years to come.

May all your Christmas Wishes come through this year.

Marisa said...

Muy muy bonito, me encanta el acolchado. Saludos.

Lesley said...

Such a beautiful quilt! The Christmas spirit is alive and well at The Painted Quilt! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty and the source. Superb piecing and beautiful quilting makes a perfect match! How beautiful your home will look with these new quilted treasures!

KaHolly said...

You never cease to amaze me!! Another beauty, and look how much you accomplished this past season!!

julieQ said...

A gorgeous quilt...TWO gorgeous quilts for Christmas!! I just love the homespuns you chose...you knew I would!

Muddling Through said...

Kaaren, what a magnificent job you have done on that quilt. It is just stunningly beautiful!

celkalee said...

Oh my gosh, if this isn't the cutest quilt I have ever seen! It is artistic without being craftsy and the colors are perfect. My favorite block is the gingerbread men in the basket! Your house is going to be very Christmas this year. I joke that I have two friends who I have labeled Mrs. Christmas. When my spirits are damp I visit them to gain inspiration, You are are Mrs. #3!!

Ginette said...

Oh Kaaren, it is just perfect!! Your house will be cozy and warm for sure this Christmas!

Mimi said...

Love, love love that quilt. It really does look homey. I can just imagine the Christmas tree up and a fire crackling away in the fireplace and puppy at your side. Thank you for sharing.

Diane said...

It is just wonderful! I love the plaids and wools and how it is very "Christmassy" without being red and green. Great job! Thanks for sharing, it's an inspiration!

Janet said...

Gorgeous. Wow 2 Christmas Quilts, lucky you. I love your choice of fabrics. Did Ollie want on this one, what about Frankie?
Janet

Darlene D said...

Love it! Can't wait to see the decorating pictures!

Kate said...

It's beautiful, Kaaren. It has an old fashioned look to it that makes it look comfy and cozy.

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Your quilt is so wonderful. You will enjoy it for years to come. I love the little changes you made to the pattern.

Enjoy.

Dianne

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Your quilt is so wonderful. You will enjoy it for years to come. I love the little changes you made to the pattern.

Enjoy.

Dianne

Candace said...

Another wonderful finish, Kaaren! I love the whimsy in Alice's quilting - right down to Santa's whiskers! I totally agree that you should start decorating for Christmas now!
Cheers!

Lynn said...

Amazing quilt! And Christmas decorating! What a happy post!

Pam in IL said...

Oh, it's so wonderful! The snowman is my favorite part.

Everyone seems to be in the Christmas mood. Almost all of my neighbors have their decorations up already.

Ali said...

I am really impressed with your determination to get the quilt completed. It was certainly worth it. It's absolutely beautiful.
Ali x

Kim said...

Oh, it's terrific! Congratulations on getting it done. I'm behind on that project but maybe I can catch up soon. Thanks for the motivation--seeing yours makes me anxious to get back to mine!

Elyte said...

Beautiful,congratulations on such gorgeous work.

Beverley said...

Love it. Well done.
Bev

Karin på Ösäter said...

Once again a beautiful quilt.
Your wool-cotton quilts really get me to try it and it is fantastic fun, great effects on the blocks.

Have a great weekend, I will I am going to sew with some friends in a nearby village.

Hugs

Karin på Ösäter

Karen said...

Which is the favorite of your two new Christmas quilts? I would have a hard time choosing.

JCnNC said...

This quilt is so wonderfully cozy and the homespuns just put it over the top, then the addition of the beautiful quilting created a true treasure.Hugs from Judy C

Needled Mom said...

That is beautiful. I am so glad that you finished it. It will be loved for many years.

Have fun decorating. I'll wait until after Thanksgiving and then start.

Marit Johanne said...

Wow, one more beautiful Christmas quilt!

OneOldGoat said...

That's beautiful! It makes me happy to just look at it! Thank you for sharing that!

Katie said...

It's a beautiful quilt, a treasure! :-)

sewprimitive karen said...

A finish! And it's so cute. Ah, Christmas.

vintageandhandcraftedinnovascotia said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing your decorations going up - I'm waiting for a friend to tell me her lovely natural wreaths are ready for sale - it's time now!
Love the pictures of the pup and the kitten too - they are so sweet!

Sue said...

Really lovely quilt. Quilting is so good. I wish I had been in on the sewing spree!

Darlene said...

Oh Kaaren, it's stunning!!!

Jeanne said...

I love it! It is absolutely gorgeous!