Trees and Quilts

Last night after teaching class I stopped by the State Capital.   I only live a few blocks away and I wanted to get a look at the State Christmas Tree.

Here are some pictures of the Capital building and the State Tree.    Unfortunately one section of the lights on one side were out but I am sure that they will be fixed soon. (click pictures to enlarge)

The Big Tree lighting was last week.    I usually put up my tree (actually trees) after thanksgiving.   I do plan to do that one on Friday, but I did one early.   I have a ton of Santa ornaments so I do one tree of only Santa ornaments.

And I finished the Luxury Essentials Quilt top.

After all the blocks were pieced and arranger how I wanted them I sewed the blocks into rows.    It might be just me but I find that it is very easy to get the blocks confused and the order mixed up so I label the blocks with mashing tape.    I put numbers on the tape like this….see the top row


then when sewing I make sure that the ones go together and then the twos etc.


then after the rows are all stitched together I mark the rows the same way


It keeps me from adding them backward.  here is the finished top.

Next I need to get a backing fabric and start quilting.

Remember the Drawing for the fabric giveaway is tomorrow.

Happy Quilting


29 thoughts on “Trees and Quilts

  1. Jan Smith says:

    I always learn something from you! My quilts go together in segments, rather than rows, but I’m earmarking this, too.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. i do a similar marking wvent when i put blocks together. I like your method better than mine.

  3. Suzanne Hardebeck says:

    Thanks for sharing your secrets

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. katechiconi says:

    Great photos of the tree. My family tradition is for a much later start to putting up Christmas decorations; I find it weird when they start appearing in mid November!

  5. snausages22 says:

    Hi there Tim,
    What awesome fabrics…please enter me in the giveaway!
    I’m loving The Luxury Essential block-will you please do a tutorial on it so the rest of us can make our own? Pretty-please!!!
    Happy Turkey Day to you,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

  6. glendajean says:

    Gosh Tim not sure where to look so much to see. Thanks for the photos of the Capital Xmas Tree first time I have seen it like this and your photo’s are wonderful. You have the perfect place for your own Xmas tree what a lot of lovely ornaments of Xmas you have on it. Love the round window beside it and finally great great quilt it looks huge is it a King size????? I would love to be in the draw but have so much fabric now I will leave it for some who doesn’t. Cheers Glenda Australia.

    • timquilts says:

      it is about 84 inches square …..I have never made a king….maybe some day but one that large sure would be difficult to handle in a hoop….I think I would have to use the frame to hand quilt one that big…and I really am not that good with the frame.

  7. JanineMarie says:

    Beautiful–I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the back.

  8. Wonderful to see such a big tree with all white lights! Your beautiful quilt top looks as if it has got lights in it too!
    Happy thanksgiving from Wales!

  9. Debbie says:

    That is a great idea to use tape and mark each side that goes together. I have a hard time keeping things straight also. I will be using your tip, thanks.

  10. Lovay Broussard says:

    I love this pattern ~ is it available. would be so easy to put together from jelly rolls. My, you do get things done rather quickly! I’m amazed at how fast you are able to hand quilt. I’ve been doing hand quilting for a couple of years now and it takes me forever. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Deb says:

    It is amazing how time just flys! I’m still trying to get over that summer’s gone.. And here winter is peeking its head around the corner! The trees are so pretty! The quilt top looks great! I use the color flathead pins and do the same thing with color.
    Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  12. Wendy gibson says:

    Masking tape trick is a good one to remember. I take a photo of different layouts on my iPad until I am happy with what I see then can refer back to the photo any time.

  13. Lorij says:

    Hi Tim, I Like this top. Quilting a large quilt on a hoop isn’t bad. It’s just a lot to turn. Remember me asking what you do with all the part that is on the floor while you’re quilting. That’s why I asked. I’m quilting the very last of the one for my Granddaughter. It took longer than usual because I was sick for about 2 weeks and didn’t quilt any at all. If you start in the middle and then do each 1/4 out from the center it’s pretty easy.
    I pray that you, Teddy and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  14. Rhonda Casey says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Tim and Teddy!

  15. […] time I hope to have finished product pictures….and have the Luxury Essentials  quilt […]


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