I had hoped to complete a few blocks of my Texas Christmas Shop Hop Quilt last week, but life got in the way. I have been extra busy at work and preparing for the fall craft fair season with Creative Sisters of TX. But I have not abandoned this project. Today’s quilt block is a Santa Hat from Urban Spools Sewing Lounge in Dallas.
My goal is to complete a few more blocks this week in between work and a top-secret Christmas project that I am working on.
What are you working on currently?
As promised, here is today’s quilt block for my Texas Christmas Quilt. I picked up this block on my Texas Christmas Shop Hop from Kaleidoscope Quilt Shop. This shop is located in downtown Whitesboro. While the street view of the shop was not overly impressive, don’t let it fool you. The shop is super deep and has a wide selection of fabric and a super friendly staff. When I go back to this shop, I need to time it better. There is a yarn shop next door that is only open from 10-2 each day, that I would love to check out as well.
Now, back to the block. According to the pattern, this uneven 9-patch is attributed to Beth Gutcheon. Gutcheon is most known for her mystery novels, but her first two published books were actually quilting books. I opted to use the horseshoe fabric from the Howdy Christmas collection to add a little Texas flair to the traditional block.
Well since I have 22 more blocks to complete, I better get back to my sewing machine.
Today’s quilt block, Elfin Magic, is now complete. Don’t you just love this block? The little elf shoes and plaid tights are so adorable.
While this block is not a traditional block pattern, it did come together fairly quickly. It used a couple of stitch and flip corners to create the angle pieces – I’m thankful for the designer, Lisa Paul, not using HSTs for the little fiddly bits.
My only frustration so far with Texas Christmas Quilt, is I have not been able to chain piece my work. When I piece a top, I love to create long chains and then do all my pressing. I seem to be sewing a few pieces and then heading to the ironing board. I must say I miss just getting in a zone with the hum of my sewing machine.
I picked up the pattern for this block of the Texas Christmas Shop Hop at Must Love Fabric in Colleyville, Texas.
Look for another block tomorrow.