Two more days until me, myself and 11 of my crafty friends set up our Artisans Collective shop for the Olde Tyme Christmas at the Port Hastings Museum. Press releases have been issued, posters distributed, and all of us are like Santa's elves...busy in our workshops. We are only open for a total of thirty hours during the next two weekends so we want the experience for our visitors to be exceptional. As in the past, the shop will be filled to the rafters and visitors will be welcomed through our door to browse, to shop, and of course to buy a ticket on a basket filled with hand-crafted goodies.
I am in my self-proclaimed race to the finish, trying to change those UFOs from Christmas past to Christmas presents. Yes, pun intended!
In the past week, I have totally changed my plans for my Icicle Snowman runner. You can read about my original plans HERE. I decided to make some star blocks to frame my little guy and jumped in to do my first ever FMQ! All I have left is to FMQ the blue star points on the second star and the final border and add a binding. (Thank you, teacher Linda at Scrapmaster, for giving me the confidence to FMQ through the workshop you taught us a few weeks back.) I used the "loop de loop" design this time around. Icicle Snowman will definitely be a finish for the shop.
I embellished my snowman with a few blue snowflakes and some outline stitching, a bit different from the original design HERE.
Then I added a bit of winter to my stars with some die-cut snowflakes that I bought last year from my not-so-close LQS.
Apparently we are expecting snow on Thursday, so my Icicle Snowman will have some friends!
I finished up a couple of small table toppers too. I love combining stitcheries with fabric, so these were fun to do, not too taxing, and one of them will be donated to the gift basket for the draw. The first one is 14" x 16" and the second one is 12.5" x 12.5".
Another project that I have ready for the shop is a Christmas table runner with a more modern flair. I can't remember the name of the fabric, but if you do a close-up, you will see the fabric is full of Christmas ornaments and holly. The pattern is designed by Nova Scotian designers, 2 Easy Design. I bought the pattern and kit at a quilt show in Pictou awhile back.
I used my "go-to" straight line quilting which always gives such great texture and allows the runner to lay flat on a table.
For this runner, I used a "new to me" method of sewing the binding to the back, folding over to the front, and stitching on the front. It leaves a narrow binding showing on the back and a wider binding showing on the front. By matching the thread colours on both sides, it results in a very tidy and quick binding.
Warm Winter Blessings is still on my quilting to do list but I had to send away for the perfect thread colour that would blend into the blue background. I plan to FMQ this one, and contrary to other FMQers out there, I don't want my quilting to show! Will keep you posted.
Thanks so much for coming by today and a very Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends who will celebrate later this week.
It's a great day for quilting!