Holidays

Christmas Tree Pants

Depending on your point of view, it’s either really early or kinda late to be working on a Christmas tree skirt. I figure if I start now, I’ll be ready for December 2013.

I’m actually not making a tree skirt, but rather “tree pants” using Happy Zombie’s Christmas Tree Pants tutorial. I love the red and aqua combination for Christmas. I’m using some fabrics from my stash and some new.  The background is done with Kona Snow.

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I’m planning on a scrappy binding combining the reds and aquas I’ve used for the stars. And, I still need to cut a square to fit into that empty spot at the top. Not sure how I’m going to quilt it yet. Here’s some of the fabrics I used:

Aquas

  • All Wrapped Up Peppermint  from Cherry Christmas Peppermint by Aneela Hoey for Moda
  • Circles from Modern Whimsy by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman
  • Skinny Vines Aqua from Valentina for Robert Kaufman
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover
  • Tinsel Lights Aqua from Tinsel by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics

Reds

  • Cheery Christmas Birds from Cheery Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover
  • Leonard Rich Red Blue from Bloomsbury Gardens by Liberty Lifestyle
  • Tiny Diamonds Cheery from Petal Pusher for Dear Stella
  • Jacks Red from Apple Jack for Moda
  • Oh Deer! Tiny Deer Cherry for Moda
For the Home

Pearl District Table Runner

I have been working on a Pearl District Table Runner by Busy Bee Quilt Designs since November. Here’s what I have so far…I’m waiting for Essex Sand to get re-stocked in the shop so I can finish my binding. I’ve used fabrics from Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study Collection.Fox and Pearl District I have enjoyed making this a lot. I chose to make the circles by sewing a circle on squares of fabric and interfacing sandwiched together, then slicing open the interfacing with my seam ripper, turning right side out, trimming and ironing flat. While probably the most time-consuming applique method of the three suggested in the pattern, I liked the neatness of this one. I tend to be messy with fusible interfacing and get glue on my iron and fabric. Ugh!

Pearl District Runner

Some of the prints from Field Study are larger scale, so you only see a partial part of the design. Maybe this would have worked better with smaller scale prints, but I think I still like it. Pearl District Runner

Not sure how I’m going to quilt this yet. I’ll probably just do something in the border and leave the circles alone. My free-motion quilting skills are still in the development stage.

pearl district table runner

I have a lot of left over circle in a square blocks that I didn’t end up using. Perhaps they’ll transform themselves into coasters.

As with every new year, I always have a bevy of goals, resolutions, etc. I am a dedicated list maker. So, one of my goals is to always do more sewing. I really want to conquer some of my many UFO’s (unfinished objects) that are sitting around my office. I also want to get over my fear of the serger. I have this beautiful machine, but it scares the heck out of me. I think another round of classes is in my future.