The Chinese New Year, which begins today (February 3, 2011), is considered the most important social and economic holiday in China, according to History.com.
The 15-day New Year festivities are celebrated with a week of vacation in metropolitan areas of China. Similar to New Year's Eve in the West, the biggest celebration of the Chinese New Year holiday is on its eve.
The Chinese New Year is celebrated as the symbol of spring's celebration. In fact, in China it is still called the Spring festival. It is celebrated after the fall harvest and before the spring planting season. The date of the Chinese New Year is always changing and is dependent on the Chinese calendar.
With much of our country buried in snow, I'm all for celebrating spring, too! So, for two days only (and while supplies last), I'm offering a free 12" ruler (my favorite style used just for paper piecing) with the purchase of one of my Chinese New Year patterns.
That's a savings of $3.50! Be sure to put BOTH the 12" ruler and the pattern in your shopping cart. Then enter the code RULER in the discount box at checkout. This offer will be good only while supplies last or through February 5 (whichever comes first), so don't delay!
These dynamic quilts are easy to make using foundation paper piecing techniques.
The pattern includes foundation piecing patterns (which must be enlarged and copied) plus step-by-step instructions for paper piecing and assembling the quilt in two sizes:
* A 54" X 54" throw
* A 70" x 84" twin-sized comforter
As always, the proper tools make the task much easier! I use the thin, flexible 12" rulers to fold my pattern along the lines before I begin. This makes aligning all the pieces SO easy! Then I use an Add-A-Quarter ruler to trim my fabric as I sew.
Foundation paper piecing makes these quilts easy enough for intermediate quilters but fun for experienced quilters as well.
It's always fun to see how other quilters interpret the pattern.
The Courthouse Quilters puts on a show every other year at the Prallsville Mills on Rt 29 in Stockton, NJ. Stockton is a beautiful little town nestled on the Delaware River in historic Hunterdon County, NJ.
In 2010, the group's raffle quilt was made (with my permission) using the Chinese New Year pattern. I love the colors that they used in their version of the quilt. Great job ladies!
Read more about the group and the quilt at their blog.
April Sproule of Sproule Studios sent images of a Chinese New Year quilt that she quilted for Kate Whitson of Redding, California.
All I can say is WOW! Amazing quilting, April. Thanks so much for sharing.