Sunday, November 21, 2010

Carolina Christmas (Canadiana Christmas is my version)

I'm done my first step of the Roll Roll Cotton Boll mystery quilt but on a 'roll' so decided I would continue piecing my Canadiana Christmas quilt.  I'm still short some blocks and will have to cut more but here's the first row done!  The only thing missing is the sashing in between the blocks.  I'm trying to make it a King sized quilt and am seriously thinking about doing a 'quilt as you go' approach to getting it quilted.  I don't think I could manage a king-sized quilt on my Janome 6500 but I am quite certain I could handle these 16" finished blocks.  I will still ponder that and see how I feel when my wool batting (Hobb's Heirloom Wool Batting) arrives from Fabric Depot.

In the meantime I think I will surf the Net and see if there are some tutorials out there.  I know there are many methods of QAYG (quilt as you go).  I just don't want my quilt to be obviously QAYG.  I've got some time to make up my mind as I've still got many blocks to assemble.

Here's a photo of the first row:

I'm LOVING this quilt!  It was going to go in our Queen Suite in our B&B, but I've decided we need a warmer winter quilt for our bed and this Canadiana Christmas will do the trick, especially with warm wool batting.

I can hardly wait to get this one finished.

Warm quilty wishes!!



  1. I just did a QAYG on a big quilt for the very reason you're contemplating doing it. I used the instructions from Quilters Cache and found them very, very readable and clear.

    The quilt I did this technique on is one of the City Quilts from Cherrie House's book, and you can never tell it was done in any way but the usual.

    One thing that worked even better was that I was able to use 3 different colors of threads for both upper and bobbin thread. I worked in sections and did all of one color at a time. I would never have done that with the total quilt in the machine.

  2. Thanks for the tip! I never thought of Quilters Cache for that. I visit it often for blocks but didn't realize it had instructions for QAYG. Many, many blocks left to go but I'm eager to get it finished! I'd love to see a photo of the quilt you did that way. email me at mavisreyn at yahoo dot ca.


  3. I did this same quilt which got named Scott's Star and I did it in four sections, quilted each section and then joined them together using instructions I had seen by Marti Michelle where you add a strip to the join the same color as the back and then hand stitch down. I don't know if this makes sense but I hope so.
    Arley in also snowy Sooke