It’s only two weeks away people! Christmas will be here in a flash. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying the time leading up to December 25.

This week will be a busy one for me. I am working on my last customer quilt of 2017. It’s a large quilt – 94″ x 108″ – with 16″ blocks, and all are custom quilted. I’m using various rulers and doing just a bit of marking. It’s time consuming, but my goal is to have the quilt finished by the weekend. I would love to take the week before Christmas and concentrate on family activities. That can’t happen unless this quilt is out of my house (it’s a Christmas gift) so I’ll be quilting like a mad woman this week.

Here’s a look at the block:

Nancy's Fancy blockThe pattern is called Nancy’s Fancy and was published in Fons & Porter several years ago. It’s a cool looking block and I really like the secondary pattern that is created when the blocks are put together. I’ll show that to you once the quilt is finished as it’s difficult to see while the quilt is on the frame.

Below is the detail of the star quilting. These stars are in each corner of the quilt, acting as cornerstones for the borders. They are also the centers of each of the blocks.

Star Block quiltingJust straight lines inside the star, and a lotus flower design along the outside. Stephanie asked for the flowers, so I’m quilting them in all the background areas.

Lotus FlowerMy favorite part though are the borders. I used my HandiQuilter wave template and quilted a wavy line, echoed it, and then added piano keys to the outside of the wave. The pic below shows just a bit of the border. I will do the top and bottom borders, as well as all the blocks. Then I’ll rotate the quilt and do the side borders so I can keep the wave evenly spaced across the border.

Borders - Piano KeysI haven’t decided what should be quilted on the inside of the wave, if anything. I’m open to any suggestions you might have. I’m also stuck on what to quilt in the pink sashing strips around each block. Stephanie had originally suggested a rope design, but I don’t think it fits the feminine feel of the quilt. For now, they are unstitched until I come up with something that feels right.

That’s it for me today. Short and sweet, so I can spend more time on Steph’s quilt. But I will definitely be taking time to read about your projects and what you are crushing on this week. I know many of you are working on last minute gifts and are furiously stitching away. I hope you’re having fun!

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