Christmas Blankets

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I’ve been waiting months to share these blankets.  I began working on them in the spring, but needed to keep it a secret until Christmas.  It started out simply as a quilt I called my England quilt, but all my children kept claiming it as their own.  I decided to make multiples of each block so each child would have their own at Christmas.  I love the range of blues and aquas and there are several different shades of red as well.

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The square that caused me the most problem is the teapot.  At the time, I wanted to throw in the towel, and a more accurate word would be grief.  I didn’t have a pattern, but with trial, error and easy corner triangles I am pretty pleased with the end result. The one thing I would change about this square is that I would make it a slightly darker color, so it would pop a little more.

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For Big Ben I found some great clock face patches that work perfectly.   The words ‘Telephone’ and ‘London Transport’ were embroidered, I stitched them on at the very end.

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As I was finishing up I had a brilliant idea to include some Liberty of London fabric.  This cute little star block that ended up about three inches square.  It fit just perfectly in some empty space!

IMG_8252_logoThe monogram letter is the only block that changed to fit the name of each child.  I found a font on my computer that I liked, increased the size, printed it, pinned it to the fabric then cut it out.  Then I used some heat and bond to adhere it to the fabric before stitching it in place.  The “England” section is the letters from the blog tour ‘Spell It With Moda’ last year.  The Union Jacks are from Riley Blake and all the rest are some cute fabrics from my stash and great finds on the internet.

My children thought Scout needed to be in the picture so they set him down just in time for the last shot.  I hope you had a lovely holiday and got to spend some time with the people that are special to you.  Merry Christmas!

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