If the name on the envelope hadn't tipped me, the beautiful wrapping and the snowflake backing might have. Somehow thrown by a remark on the amazing Margaret's blog, I assumed it wasn't leaving her home country. But It has found it's perfect home here. My only quandry - am I allowed to keep a Christmas quilt on my wall year-round?! Because I'd really like to!
Margaret acknowledged violating the swap guidelines about no holiday quilts, but since I snuck in a Christmas tree in the quilting of the quilt I sent her in the Summer edition of the Four Seasons Quilt Swap, I think it's only fair! And she couldn't have made anything I'd love more.
As is usual with Margaret's quilts, the design, execution and detail are breath-taking.
The crystals and beads add a wonderful dimension.
And her intricate quilting is just beautiful, putting my stipples to shame! Check out the quilted glow of the candle! And I love that as a piece of her home, the background is covered with swirling snow. Little does she know how much I'd love a snowy Christmas, too!
And as the perfect finishing touch, James and Eleanor's initials on the stockings! James was thrilled by this - especially as I've promised to make them both stockings for this Christmas!
"There's an 'E' for Eleanor and a....?"