Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Christmas in July


Last October my friend Danette and I got an over ambitious idea to make quilts for all of our kids  (we each have 5)  and husbands for Christmas... We decided it would be fun to make the Fat Quarter Shop Christmas Mystery Block of the Month.  Kimberly was great with the idea and let me test all the patterns as we made the quilts.  We started in October and each made 72 blocks = 6 quilts, sashed them, put borders on them, had them quilted and we bound them.  Half way through I was not sure it was really going to happen and I was not, however, ambitious enough to do all the stars in my borders, sorry family... 
but we finished them 3 days before Christmas. 



It was soooooooooooo much fun!


I had the amazing ladies at Sweetwater make a label for the house that said the last name of each of my children (They are all married. This quilt is my husbands)


 I had them make another label with Merry Christmas, the year and that it was made with love by me...just for them!


I put the aqua Snuggles on the back to make them exta soft and cozy.


My quilter Wendy from The Quilt Parade did a fabulous job!
The Santa hat is the block Camille and I designed for the Mystery BOM.


They all seemed very surprised and excited when they opened them.


Camille and her family got to open their quilt a couple of weeks before Christmas. We went to Las Vegas to visit little Nicholas a week after he was born, so we celebrated Christmas with them a little early. 
Camille promised to keep the secret.



I couldn't really show you all at Christmas because the Mystery Block of the Month was still a mystery, so now that everyone has their blocks, here they are.  Hope all of you that joined are enjoying making them as much as I did! 

There is nothing better than quilting with your best friend and making gifts for your family, to feel the Christmas Spirit!
Bonnie

24 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful. The color combo is just great!!! What a gift to treasure forever!

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  2. You are A-MAZ-ING. The mind boggles. I still can't believe you made those for all of us. I love mine so much, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Even if it is worn to shreds. You know that happens at this house...

    Love you!

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  3. Beautiful story and wonderful quilts! :-)

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  4. Your quilts are wonderful! What an awesome gift. How do you make your labels?

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  5. What a treasured gift! Are these patterns still available?

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  6. I heard about this..and saw Camille's quilt! That was one big project...you are amazing!

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  7. Bonnie...you are truly amazing!

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  8. Wow! The quilts are absolutely beautiful!! You remind me of my friend Chris (I'm sending her this link!) who has 10 children, five of whom are married. She made 5 quilts last Christmas, too, for her kids who have their own families. I couldn't believe it! I love the labels you had made! Just so perfect and classy. You did a super job!

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  9. Mom, you're amazing! We LOVE ours! It's on the couch even when it's not Christmas time. In fact, I'm wrapped up in it right now!

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  10. WOW. What an amazing effort ... and each quilt looks fabulous. Lucky family to have such a caring mum.

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  11. What a couple of sexy grandmas!

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  12. We love our quilt! Thanks again. :) You are amazing!

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  13. Such a fun, but difficult project to take on in a short amount of time. It had to be love that made these beautiful quilts take shape!

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  14. Wow! You are my hero!! I hope to do that one day for my boys when they get married - what a great idea! Love it! What a blessing! And thank you for the wonderful idea for the quilt tags for the back of the quilts! I really like that idea!!! Love your blog! Enjoy reading about your quilting and family and love the fabric you and Camille create!!! Have a great day! Bari Jo

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  15. What a wonderful way to create family memories! Very inspiring!

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  16. Beautiful quilts..Love the fabric..Read your blog also Camille's...Such talent..Would love to make the quilt..

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  17. WOW!!! Bonnie, you're amazing! I can't believe you made five of these quilts...i haven't even finished ONE. They look beautiful and your quilting is gorgeous. Love the special little touches you added to make them so unique. Hope you're well and enjoying the summer! xo

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  18. Oh how I am inspired!! I really would love to do that especially by using up my stash. They are so beautiful!!

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  19. Just looking at your blog through the bloghop and wondering if the Christmas Mystery Block pattern is for sale? I love it!

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  20. Love the quilts that you made for Christmas. They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Your reds are beautiful as are your quilts. I am inspired to do a christmas quilt after seeing yours. They are exceptional.

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  22. I love these quilts! You did such a wonderful job on them...I have 7 children (all still at home) and each have a hand made quilt from mom...I would love to make this one tho just for dad & I and maybe one day for the kids. Where can I buy this quilt pattern and fabrics? Love to know if you get a chance

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