Friday, December 20, 2013

A Christmas Patchwork Pillow

Cute quilted Christmas pillow

In the middle of doing a whole lot of quilting for others this month, I was able to whip up this patchwork pillow for myself.  My house just needed a tiny bit more red and green in our upstairs living room, and besides that, all of my current pillows have been taken a beating.  Time for a new, fresh one!

As you can see, I’m not really an over-the-top-Christmas-decorations kind of girl.  I have a Christmas pennant banner, our tree, one Christmas quilt and now a cute red and green pillow!  Out of the photo there is a nativity set and some snowflakes hanging in our entry way. 

There's no place like home for the holidays!

Last month I did a charm swap with Jennifer from Ellison Lane and she sent me some reds and greens- which is what gave me the idea for this pillow.  Swaps are such a fun way to get variety in your stash or your scrap bins!

So this pillow is 16” x 16”.  I used some of Jennifer’s charm squares and added some of my own red and green scraps cut to 2.5” squares.

Christmas pillow

I sewed them together into an 8 x 8 grid, basted this to a bit of batting and did some straight line quilting. 
On the back I used a fun dot print (Mingle by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman) and an envelope style closure – fast and easy!

Christmas pillow

I like to add binding to my quilted pillows – it works as a frame of sorts.  I think it just has a nice, finished look to it.  I fell in love with this green stripe but didn’t have enough width-of-fabric strips to go all the way around the pillow.  I had to piece together like 5 or 6 shorter strips to get enough for the binding.  That just shows to what length I’m willing to go to for a binding that I love.  Haha…

Cute Christmas patchwork pillow!

I know I’ve said it before, but I love quick quilting projects – especially ones that I get to use in my home and enjoy immediately.  I’ll be a bit sad when the pillow gets put away with all of the other Christmas d├ęcor!

Cute Christmas patchwork pillow!

Oh, and if you looked really closely at the photo of our living room you might have noticed our elf, Bernard all tucked in cozy for a nap.  It took the kids all day to find him and when they did they were insulted that he was laying down on the job.  How can he possibly see how good we are being if he’s sleeping like that???

Christmas Elf

Monday, December 9, 2013

Quilted Christmas Tree Skirts

This past week I had some custom order tree skirts to finish up so I was a bit MIA on the blog and Instagram.  The skirts went out in the mail this morning though so this afternoon I’m taking time to catch up on blog reading and replying to emails.  Sometimes it’s just SO nice to sit around (with a cup of cocoa of course) and read.

I did manage to take photos of the tree skirts before I mailed them off.  I love the traditional red and green.  I made two skirts from these fabrics:

Christmas tree skirt

I quilted all of the tree skirts in a medium density meandering pattern.  I have to say that when I make one for myself (more on that later) I think I’ll do some straight line quilting.  It would take longer, but I think it would really be stunning. 

quilted Christmas tree skirt

I also made a skirt from all of my favorite green Christmas prints.  Green has always been one of my favorite colors, but usually I lean more toward the bright citrusy greens.  This combination of prints was so calming and oh-so-very Christmassy.  I love it!

lovely Christmas tree skirt (+pattern!)

I decided to make this skirt reversible by using this fantastic plaid fabric on the back.  It just reminds me so much of some of the Christmas skirts my mom would make for me when I was little.  Plaid and Christmas just go together, don’t they?

reversible tree skirt

The plaid fabric is “plaid green” from the “My True Love Gave To Me” fabric line.  It’s designed by Erin McAllister for Benartex.  You can find some here, or try your local quilt shop.

reversible Christmas tree skirt

This reversible tree skirt is available in my etsy shop.  The pattern for these tree skirts is also available – here, here, or here

reversible Christmas tree skirt

I was looking at what’s left of the Christmas fabrics at my local shop and I’ve decided that I want a silver and red skirt for my own tree.  Right now I have a store bought (*gasp!*) tree skirt.  Oh it’s not that bad, but when I took photos of these skirts I realized how much better a handmade quilted tree skirt looks.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thinking of Snowflakes

I’ve been thinking about snowflakes lately.  It doesn’t help that we have a decent sized snow storm headed our way in the next couple of days.  It’s just that I get these ideas in my head and I let them rattle around for a few days as I try to come up with the easiest way to do it. 

This afternoon I pulled out a stack of snowflakeyish (what? That’s not a real word??)  looking fabrics to play with-

lovely wintery fabrics

Out of this stack this one is hands down my favorite:

Dotted swirl fabric from Blend

This is “Dotted Swirl” – a lovely silver metallic print.  It’s from the Hip Holiday line from Blend (designed by Josephine Kimberling).  I’m on the fence about some of the metallic fabrics out there but this one caught my eye immediately.  It just hits the spot I think.  Those silvery swirls are just perfect!  Aaaaaaand I think I should have bought more of it. 

Happy Sewing everyone!

edited to add:  After I had my stack of fabrics pulled I saw Ali’s blog post about this month’s Stash Flash.  Her theme this month is “Winter.”  My stack certainly fits the category doesn’t it?  You can join in the Stash Flash too – she gives you two ways to participate (love the IG option!)  It will be fun to see what everyone’s interpretation of the theme will be!
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