Christmas Beginning Quilting Class Sample by Nadine Ruggles

Decking the Halls with Quilts

I’ve been swept along by the busy, busy, busy-ness of the year, and here it is almost Christmas already! I’ve been decorating, shopping and cooking in addition to all the normal stuff that’s been on my schedule this fall, which was already more than I was used to. I still have one more food shopping trip before Christmas–though I’ve yet to finish a list–and a few more errands to run, but I decided it was time to finish up the decorating with a couple of Christmas quilts that I’ve made over the years. I have a few, and they end up on the backs of the sofas or on the arms of chairs, or even on cabinet tops on display stands if they’re small enough.

Christmas Beginning Quilting Class Sample by Nadine Ruggles

I made this little quilt as a class sample when I was teaching beginning quilting classes in Stuttgart, Germany at the quilt shop on the Army post, which dates this quilt from 1995-1997 or so. I’m a bit iffy on the date of completion because guess what? I didn’t put a label on it! Shocking, I know. 😦

Christmas Beginning Quilting Class Sample by Nadine Ruggles, detail

Of course, I could be totally wrong about the actual completion date too, since it’s highly likely, in fact almost guaranteed, that I didn’t really finish it until well after that. You know… “really finish” as in “quilting and binding and everything except that dang label.” This also means that this little quilt has no name other than “Christmas Beginning Quilting Class Sampler” because many of my quilts don’t get named until the label goes on. Creative, right?

Christmas Beginning Quilting Class Sample by Nadine Ruggles, detail

The pattern for this quilt and the class materials were shared with me by Tracy Viana, another quilter who worked at the shop. The class is an awesome intro to quilting, because it covers just about everything a beginner needs to know over the course of a couple of months. Rotary cutting, templates, strip piecing, half- and quarter-square triangles, applique, nine-patch and log cabin construction techniques, trimming and squaring up blocks, sashing, cornerstones, borders, quilting and binding–it’s all in there. I don’t know what they’re teaching you young whippersnapper quilters these days, but back in my day, you learned all that in a few weeks, and you learned it well! (Thumping my rotary cutter on the mat for emphasis here! 😉 )

Christmas Beginning Quilting Class Sample by Nadine Ruggles, detail

I probably wouldn’t ever make one of these sample quilts again (not being all that much into the teaching thing any longer), but if I did, it’s likely that I wouldn’t use such a large scale print in the border. It’s pretty, but it’s a bit busy for my taste these days. I do love the machine quilting that I did; that little wave in the narrow burgundy border is a stencil that I still use today quite frequently. Some of the quilting is done in metallic thread which I usually don’t torture myself with these days. The effect is just not worth the trouble to me anymore!

Memory Lane Monday @ DreamWeaver's QuiltsThat’s it for this Monday since I’m off to take care of that last shopping trip! I’d love to see some of your holiday quilts that are on display at your home this year. Leave me a link to pictures if you have them in the comments so I can drop by for a visit this week! Want more Memory Lane Monday? Click the logo to the right!