A Christmas of Whirlygiggles Quilt

It feels so nice to finish up a quilt.  I often feel like doing a big happy dance after I finish sewing the binding onto a quilt, or better yet, when I pull a brand new, washed and finished quilt out of the dryer.  It's sappy to say, but it's really cool to make something out of a stack of fabric.

This quilt is going up to Connecticut for my sister-in-law and her family.  I'm sure they'll put it to good use, what with the ridiculous cold weather up there and such.

I began piecing this quilt using a Thimbleblossoms pattern, Wild Thing, though I wound up only adding one border rather than 2.

I really like the fun feeling the whirlygiggle blocks give to this quilt.  I adore Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas line, and it worked really beautifully in these blocks.  I love the whimsical feeling of this line, it's just so darling.

I'm debating whether or not I should encourage my sister-in-law to open this quilt up before the holidays so they can enjoy it longer.  I'm planning on getting it in the mail right after Thanksgiving.

Size: 55" x 60"
Fabrics: 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics and Kona Meringue
Quilting: Meandering stipple stitch in cream thread
Argh Moment: Thread!  While I was quilting, my thread was not cooperating.  I had my thread break no less than 8 times, which never happened before on my machine.  After cleaning out my machine, the problem continued, so I Googled it, and found that when it doubt, replace the needle.  So I did, and all was well.  Lesson learned!
Yay Moment: Finally feeling confident when adding the border, certain that it was measured correctly and would line up just right.

By the way, this is what happens when you take a toddler with you to a quilt photo shoot.  Insanity ensures!

I'm linking up to a Christmas online quilt show, hosted by Sew Cal Gal, so if you're into holiday quilts, make sure to check it out!