Tag Archives: Christmas quilt

Kitty Kitty Christmas and Friends.

12 Aug

Just in time for The Great Northern Quilt Show I have received the Kitty Kitty Christmas range from Loralie Designs. There are two panels and I have also obtained the tossed fabric and three different colours of paw prints.

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These make perfect pockets for gift bags.

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Or maybe a Christmas apron with the coordinating fabrics.

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white cat panelThis panel is good for use with HeatnBond Ultra as detailed in my last blog. You have 20 different cats to fuse onto gift bags. Or you could just use it as yardage.

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Wine gift bags.

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Other fabrics in the range make good coordinates as on the apron and bags above.

Black tossed cats black

red paws

black paws

green paws

Last Year I featured Very Fairy Christmas whcih is also a very christmassy fabric.

 

very fairy panel right

very fairy tossed

very fairy holly

verey fairy canes

very fairy red scroll

very fairy green scroll

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Crazy Christmas Fairies

25 May

Having taken delivery of the Loralie Very Fairy Christmas fabric I just had to make something from it. This is what I came up with.

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I started with a square of batting and a panel from the Loralie Very Fairy Christmas panel.

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Cut strips of matching fabrics and stitch in a crazy patch.

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That gives you this.

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This is what the back looks like.

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I could have stitched through a backing layer as well if I had wanted the quilting to show on the finished back. However, I cut squares to fit and pinned them on the back.

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To join the blocks together I used quilt as you go (QAYG). I cut 1.25″ strips of sashing for the front and also to match the back. I stitched the sashing strip right sides together on the front.

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At the same time I stitched the strip to match the backing to the back.

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I then attached the next block right sides together on the front only.

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The back looks like this.

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Pin the strip over the seam folding in the seam allowance.

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This can be hand sewn or stitched with a straight, zigzag or fancy stitch either from the back or the front.

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Binding consists of a 2.5″ strip folded in two and stitched either from back or front. I did it from the front.

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This was folded over and hand stitched to the back. It could have been stitched to the back, folded to the front and machine stitched.

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This won’t get the baby a new bonnet.

I am supposed to be tracing pattern pieces on Adobe Illustrator but unfortunately the ability to do that sort of thing left me along with the ability to understand the instructions for flat pack furniture in about 1985. Luckily I don’t like flat pack furniture but I do have to trace the patterns so I guess that needs to be the next project. Perhaps I should get a sandwich board and try a quid pro quo. With my luck I’d get a house full of furniture and still be without the tracings.

Ramblings apart. If you want to do crazy patch this should give you some idea. There are some more detailed blocks in the Tips and Tricks section – Crazy For Butterflies.

 

 

News of Cheese and a New Year Wheeze

2 Jan

In case you were wondering what happened to The Big Cheese and his big cheeses here is a peek at what remained on Christmas Day by the time I managed to get a photograph. They have all been maturing away for several months and certainly all have a kick. Must be the unpasteurised milk.

Gouda, Gruyere, Cheddar, Stilton and Gorgonzola.

Still on the subject of food,¬† Number One Daughter made star biscuit christmas trees for some of her work colleagues. Could be an inspiration if you are stuck for an idea for next year. The edible glitter doesn’t show up on the photographs but was very impressive.

Presented in cellophane.

She also made some cards.

Just in case you thought my trunk full of old projects was empty I took some photographs of a ‘Night Before Christmas’ quilt I made a couple of years ago. It took a very long time to do the embroideries but the rest was fairly straight forward. An heirloom I think.

Embroidery patterns available from Emblibrary.com

To round off the year we dressed up for New Year’s Eve. Daughter Number One embroidered masks as a token to fancy dress. She used quite a few metallics in tribute to the occasion.

Our village embraces fancy dress every New Year so if you go out dressed normally you feel out of place. The sad thing is that wearing ball gowns with the addition of a mask was enough to count as fancy dress. Sad times.

The patterns for these are also available at Emblibrary.com

My New Years Resolution is to finish my UFOs. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.