Thursday, December 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday--Santa's Block Party

It is time once again for Throwback Thursday, and this week we are getting into the holiday spirit. I have a very special Christmas quilt to share this week. The story begins with the fact that my husband collects Santas of all sizes and styles. We have Santa teapots, cookie jars, ornaments, figures, plates, mugs, nightlights, salt and pepper shakers, glasses, etc., etc....There is no telling how many Santas live at our house!

Back in 2006, before we were married, I found this fabulous Santa fabric at a quilt shop in Edmonton, Alberta. The line of fabrics was "Good Tidings" by Diane Knott for Clothworks. I knew I had to make him a quilt featuring this fabric. My photo shows six of the nine different Santa figures.


I played with a variety of design ideas for the quilt, and settled on framing out the Santa blocks, then alternating them with log cabin blocks. There are a zillion green fabrics in this quilt, yet my shelf of greens is still packed full! 

Santa's Block Party


The finished quilt measures about 56" x 72", and it was completed in 2009. My friend Jan at Cat's Meow Quilting did the fabulous machine quilting on it, which you can see better in the detail photo. It is always a treat to get this quilt out when we are decorating for the holidays and hang it right next to our Christmas tree.

Check out other Throwback Thursday quilt posts at both Krista Quilts and at A Quarter Inch from the Edge. Even better, add your own post to the link-ups. We'd love to see your quilts from the past! 


Julie in GA

13 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful quilt. Perfect for the holiday season. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  2. The Santa collection sounds amazing! The quilt is a beauty :) I wonder what type of quilt I should make for my husband :)

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  3. Beautiful quilt and the perfect complement for your husband's Santa collection. I have a very similar story, which I will try to post before the end of the day. How interesting to learn (I don't have any remnants from the original Santa panel) the fabric was designed by Diane Knott - not to be confused with Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads!

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  4. What a beautiful quilt! So perfect for a Santa collector.

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  5. What a beautiful quilt. So festive.

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  6. What a batch of unique and wonderful Santa's! I'm sure it was the perfect addition to the ever growing collection!

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  7. Such a great quilt... the fussy cutting, the way the colours work in the layout, the fact that your husband collects Santas. And I'm a sucker for a log cabin. Thanks for linking up with Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

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  8. What a beautiful Christmas quilt! I love that the lighter and darker Santa panels are separated out in the quilt top. Log cabin blocks are really my favorite. :)

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  9. I have some handpainted Santa similar to your fabric. I love your log cabin layout and the scrappiness!

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  10. Beautiful quilt! I love all of the mixtures of the dark green fabrics. I bet your husband was over the moon excited when you finished it. We have a Santa that we sometimes put on our tree instead of a star that looks similar to the Santa's on your quilt.

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  11. Lovely way to use up the special Santa fabric and a great mix of fabrics in the log cabin blocks. Well done.

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  12. I like those little red squares that frame the pictures - they look cute. Log cabins are so versatile, aren't they?

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