Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Projects

I have had a wonderful week playing in my sewing room. I love using Christmas fabrics in the month of December, even if some of the projects won't be ready 'till next Christmas! I have a plastic tote for my Christmas fabrics that seems to grow exponentially from year to year until I dig into it and do some sewing. But as all quilters know, the more you cut up those fabrics, the more you seem to have left over. This means that when Christmas is over every year my tote seems to be full again!

My Christmas tree skirt, designed by Karen Neary of Sew Karen-ly Created,  has progressed very well to the point that it is sandwiched and pinned just waiting for me to start my quilting.


It was an amazing project to put together. There are 12 blocks sewn together, 6 in one way, and 6 in another. Then the fun began as I played with the arrangement of the blocks. I put them together in 4 different arrangements and then Woodworker Hubby and I decided on the one we liked the best. It was interesting that we both chose the same one. Here are the four ways with the first picture being our choice. 





When I sandwiched the skirt, that's when I realized how nice and large it is! It is almost 60" from tip to tip, so besides being a tree skirt, may be also suitable as a lap quilt or ladder quilt, folded up to hide the centre hole which I will cut out once quilted. 


When I cut the edges off, I had lots of batting and fabric left to use in another Christmas project. I loved the Christmas Cottage block that was posted on December 3 for the free Moda Bake Shop Countdown to Christmas quiltalong. The block was designed by the Sterling Quilt Company and is just so cute in Christmas colours!  I decided to make a few cottages using some greys for the houses. 


With 4 blocks completed, I figured I had enough for my Christmas Cottage neighbourhood! But it needed something else besides sashing and a border, so I found some cute letters in my Jingle All the Way Art to Heart book and used the fusible applique method to adhere the letters to my background. 




Do you notice that the background fabric looks like Santa's beard? I'm always looking for an excuse to sit in my quilting chair and watch a Christmas movie, so off I went to add the blanket stitch to the letters.


I finished the little top ...



and then I sandwiched it. It is a nice little size and will finish at about 20" x 24. 


Now it is ready for quilting, waiting patiently on the dining room table! 



It is always a great day for quilting!




16 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous tree skirt, Lesley. Merry Christmas!!

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  2. Your Christmas skirt is amazing! I love the layout you chose. Your Christmas cottages are darling! Merry Christmas to you and Dave. ~Jeanne

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  3. Beautiful tree skirt. Love the Xmas cottages ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. I love the tree skirt and a perfect choice for the arrangement . The little house are really cute and the addition of the lettering looks great !

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  5. Your tree skirt is beautiful and I love those sweet little cottages too x

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  6. The tree skirt is gorgeous. Don't you hate the thought of quilting it then cutting a hole in it?

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  7. I do love your Christmas tree skirt. That would have been a hard decision on which setting to use. They are all pretty. Cute cottages too. You are way ahead of me.

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  8. I love both your projects Lesley - interesting to see the different layouts of your tree skirt - either one would have been lovely but I think you picked well :-) And a cute wee use of your leftovers. You are looking very Christmassy at your place :-) Merry Christmas!!

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  9. Your Christmas tree skirt is beautiful - what a fun block to use!

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  10. Your Christmas sewing is awesome! The tree skirt will look amazing under your tree. I love that you added lettering to your little houses. So cute! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  11. Goodness gracious me, Lesley, you are a sewing machine! Look at you go! I love your tree skirt, but those Christmas cottages made the cutest wallhanging ever! You are the clever one, especially at Christmas time! Happy holidays! XXOO

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  12. I keep meanting to make a tree skirt but am still determined to get my UFO's finished before I start any new projects!!! Love the Christmas Houses. Have a wonderful Christmas. Hugs, Susie xx

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  13. It's such a beautiful skirt!
    Merry Christmas my friend!
    Hugs,
    Shell

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  14. Your tree skirt is looking wonderful. How interesting to see how varied all the layouts were.
    And the Christmas cottages are so sweet!!

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  15. Love the tree skirt. I would have picked the first photo as well. ☺ Good luck with quilting.

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