Wonderful articles to enjoy this weekend.
- These designs should win awards.
- Breathtaking horse photographs.
- Practice to grow as a writer.
- Photographs of geographic formations and natural disasters. The top photo is the beginning of the slideshow.
- Thoughts on a scrappy Christmas (or not) quilt.
- The discovery of a previously unknown self-portrait by van Gogh.
- Creating new creatures by collage.
- Multi-media artist Judi Kauffman.
- Children’s book illustrator Katie Mazeika.
- Thoughts on religious art and on Carracci’s The Lamentationin particular.
- I could vacation here.
- Parenting book recommendations.
Only one more week till Christmas.
Every December I wish I had a Christmas quilt to put on our bed. Making one is on my never-ending list of Things To Do. Maybe by next year.
Many generous quilt designers post free patterns online. I’ve collected a baker’s dozen of some of the prettiest Christmas quilts on the web. Some are traditional, and some are more modern.
These quilts are from AllPeopleQuilt.com (Sorry, I was unable to copy the photos; you’ll have to click the links to see the beautiful pictures):
From Amy Smart’s DiaryofaQuilter.com:
Modern Christmas Tree tutorial
Peppermint Pinwheel tutorial. The directions are free, but you’ll need a Dresden Plate ruler (which is nice to have—I have one!)
No Point Stars.
Found on Quilt Inspiration:
O Christmas Tree
Tonga Pointsettia Quilt
The Holly Jolly quilt is the one I’m most tempted to make. I love scrappy quilts, and I have lots of odds and ends of Christmas fabric left over from other projects. I might make four times as many blocks and add some borders so that I can make it queen sized.