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Back in August I asked Lucy if she’d like a quilt. She said she would (thinking it might be for when she left home in a couple of years) but I had Christmas in mind. I like a challenge – never mind that I had already begun two other single quilts, was knitting a pair of socks, wrist warmers, scarf and other stuff. And that’s just in the evenings! If I get the bit between my teeth then nothing can dissuade me that it’s too difficult.

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 I could also sniff the opportunity to have company at the Quilt show this year – a rarer opportunity as the teen years tick by. I asked Lu to pick a pattern that she liked and bless her she picked this one from the Quiltmaker’s Colour Workshop book which isn’t really a pattern, it’s a colour guide.

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Not to worry, after some internet searching I found that the quilt design was Flying Geese and a tutorial on how to make it. Then we set off to the Quilt show with a loooong list of fabric that needed purchasing (we did agree that every third triangle would be patterned). This bit makes me laugh because I had originally intended for all these Christmas quilts to go some way towards the real use of all the fabrics I have bought over the years.

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In reality I either didn’t have enough yardage or it didn’t go or I just got plain carried away – especially easy when my baby girl bats her eyelashes! It was a dead easy pattern to sew up although you’ll see I struggled to make the geese fly over in a synchronised line! Quack.

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I didn’t think I was going to like the colour choices but once the mustard sashing went on I was won over.  She says she’s never slept better than with this on top of her bedding.

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The backing was my only nod to thrifting – I just striped up the left over pieces which were wide enough and added another of Ab’s clever computer sewn labels.

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There is something very nurturing about making quilts and knowing the comfort and warmth that they bring. It was never a chore to make any of the three Christmas quilts because of that reason alone.

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