Wow, what a year we've had with this Block of the Month.
Back in January, when I shared the first block for A Year in the Garden, December seemed sooooo far off...yet here we are at the end of this project and not only can you stitch the final month but you can bring all those blocks together and make a quilt.
The pot of poinsettias in December's design was my nod to this beautiful Christmas season which is almost upon us. Many of the shops near me have begun selling pots of them in preparation for festive decorating and table centres and I'm pretty sure one of those poinsettias pots will find it's way home with me later in the week.
Included with your stitchery pattern this month are the finishing instructions to bring all twelve blocks together in a simple quilt.
"A Year in the Garden" finishes at 40 x 53 inches, a nice lap size.
Just as I kept the fabric choice and embroidery colours to a minimum when designing and stitching A Year in the Garden, so I continued with the finishing. Each block is displayed almost like a window so all the detailed work from January to December is easily given centre stage - after all there's a lot of time and patience which goes into an embroidered project like this so let your handwork shine.
The backing is the same rusty tonal fabric I've used around each stitchery block and the binding is the same floral as the wider borders.
Simple, but effective.
When I was taking photos of backing and binding yesterday I had to laugh because this quilt gets used and has been washed a few times...so it's crinkly, loved. Just as a quilt should be.
I originally made A Year in the Garden late in 2015 and had it quilted early the next year. It's been out on the couch, rugged around sleeping babies or hung over a chair ever since. Always just within reach should a little one (or a sleeping pregnant daughter) need to be covered.
In fact all my quilts are being used and loved.
Aisha, Kezzie, Anita and Blossom all have 'quite a few' quilts I've made for them and their children, and because they have seen me regularly use quilts in my own home they freely use theirs. It blesses me to see photos of Frankie, Austin, Aminah, Deegan, Calab, Cully May and Rafaella sleeping under a Nana quilt.
(Austin and Frankie)
I guess you'd like the pattern now, yes?
Download the December stitchery pattern (which includes the quilt pattern as well)
This pattern will be free until the end of 2018.
The January to November patterns are $2 each in my shop until the end of December, however, from January 1st all twelve embroidery patterns will be $4 each.
If you've missed any this year you can see them over on the 2018 BOM page or go straight here to my shop and catch up.
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Hope your week is a good one and that you stop each day for a few minutes to breathe deep and count your blessings. I find that tends to lift my weariness and my heart on more days than I can count.