Friday, January 6, 2012


It's not perfect, but it's done. I haven't machine pieced (besides free piecing) since I made my first quilt top in 1996. Lori's quilt-a-long seemed the perfect opportunity to relearn. I don't have any fabrics similar to those in her antique quilt so I'm doing this in a completely different colourway.

Today is the last day of a long series of Christmas celebrations in Italy - starting with the 8th of December (immaculate conception) holiday, when Christmas trees are traditionally decorated, finishing with the 6th of January, Epiphany, when the three wise men finish their long march across the sideboard to complete the Nativity scene, and the Befana, a kind old witch, comes during the night to fill up children's stockings with toys and lollies (or coal if the children haven't been good).

The girls have opened their little gifts and are out walking the dog at the park with their Dad, so sewing this  block was a little present to myself thanks to Lori the Befana:)

Later today we'll watch this film about the Befana, 'La Freccia Azzura'. I couldn't find an English version on the internet but is available on DVD. The music is wonderful.


  1. I love it and look forward to seeing more blocks!
    Thanks so much for sending me the link to your blog.

  2. Hi Alice -

    Having different fabrics is good! It makes it totally your quilt. You are a hand piecer and quilter - something I have not done a lot of and something I really admire.

    I like the really scrappy/crumb type quilt you are working on. I have one of those going myself. Get it out now and then. Also love the colors/fabrics in the quilt you made for your sister's quilt.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.