Friday, 20 January 2017

Have A Jolly Little Christmas Sampler


Well... Merry Christmas to you!

This is my first finish of 2017. And my first finish using the blocks in the free Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along that just started. You can read all about that here.

To be quite honest....



I don't quite recall just exactly how this all started....




I guess during the two weeks that the kids were off school for the Christmas holiday, and also that the hubby was home for a week, I didn't want to spend all my hours closed away in my sewing room. So I sat out where everyone could easily find me. And I relaxed. I got out my graph paper and began to doodle. Sketching out a 12" block. It's pretty obvious that Christmas was on my mind and so this theme evolved into many blocks. Sometimes it's like that. Inspiration comes - like a flood. Then there are other times... Where the blank page stares back at you. So when the ideas are coming freely... I go with it!

I'll be the first one to admit....

I got carried away!




For these projects I'm making for the Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along, I am making from my stash. The first thing I did when everyone went back to school and work, was to do a bit of sorting. I wanted to find out just what did I have in a white/offwhite solid. And I measured all those pieces of yardage and planned accordingly.




All the other fabrics are also from my stash. You really only need small pieces for the blocks. And I am determined to start using my fabrics this year and to resist making purchases if I can. It is difficult to resist shopping for new fabrics, but I found some perfectly suitable pieces already on hand.





When it came time for quilting, I went with my usual organic wavy lines. I used Ghost White Magnifico thread by Superior Threads on top and plain white Guetermann in the bobbin. I used to do A LOT of quilting in white. And the beginning of this year will have a lot again.




The backing is Winter Garden by Susan Winget for Steele Creek Studio, which I found two years ago at Fabric.com. I fell in love with this print and bought it when it was on sale. I bought A LOT. So you'll be seeing more of this too.





The binding was left over from my Canada 150 quilt. It really makes me think of Christmas and it goes so well with the backing. It also matches a few places I used it in the blocks, like for Santa's hat, the big bow and the Cardinal's wing.





The "Have A Jolly Little Christmas" sampler quilt finished at 42" x 55"
and was the 15th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.





This is the first project I have made using the blocks designed
for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along.

The free colouring page has been downloaded over 1500 times already!

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It is NOT necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate in the quilt along, but if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Collection includes all 15 designs and is available for purchase in my pattern store here.









Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts







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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Let's Bee Social #160

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

Today I wanted to show you a photo of the Santa's Reindeer pillows made by my friend, Susan.



I met Susan this past fall when I was teaching a workshop for the London Friendship Quilters' Guild. Each of the participants got to choose to make whatever they wanted from one of my patterns. And Susan chose the Santa's Reindeer. She made two sets of these sweet pillow - one for each of her girls.

This Santa's Reindeer block is one of the blocks included in the new "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along for 2017This past Saturday I posted the instructions for the first block - Christmas Stockings and I am so excited to see those blocks being tagged on Instagram and even posted to my Facebook page. The response to this free quilt along has been amazing!!! The free colouring pages have been downloaded over 1000 times!!!

In the meantime, I have been busily sewing all of my own blocks into table runners and quilts and will have my first finish of 2017 coming in a post this Friday!







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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Christmas Stockings

This is the first quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

So glad to have you join me! If the number of times the PDF download for the free colouring pages has been accessed is any indication.... There are so many people participating!!!! It makes my head spin!!!

Did you get your free colouring pages?

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All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are this page.


Today's block is the easiest block in the bunch. So it's a great one to warm up with. Especially if you might be having cold feet about joining in this super fun quilt along. Hahaha! Er, I mean.... HoHoHo!!!


Here we GO!







Christmas Stockings is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.




Sew Fresh Quilts – Christmas Stockings

Finished size of block is 12” x 12”

Fabric Requirements
Single Block
White
1/4 yard
Dark Sock #1
1/4 yard
Light Sock #1
1/8 yard
Dark Sock #2
1/4 yard
Light Sock #2
1/8 yard








Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.

STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.








Single Block
White
A
2 @ 1.5” squares
D
2 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
E
2 @ 2.5” x 7.5”
F
2 @ 3.5” squares
Dark
 Sock #1
C
1 @ 2.5” x 5.5”
G
1 @ 4.5” x 8.5”
Light
Sock #1
B
1 @ 2.5” x 4.5”
Dark
 Sock #2
C
1 @ 2.5” x 5.5”
G
1 @ 4.5” x 8.5”
Light
Sock #2
B
1 @ 2.5” x 4.5”




















Step 1: Use the STOP method to add the White (A) square and (E) rectangle on the Dark Sock (C) rectangles.






Step 2: Use the STOP method to add the White (F) squares on the corners of the Dark Sock (G) rectangles.






Step 3: Along with the White (D) and Light Sock (B) rectangles, arrange and sew the units together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.





Here is my Christmas Stockings block.




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Twice a month, instructions for all of the 15 individual blocks will be shared. A continuous never ending linky party will be available to share your Flickr, Pinterest and Instagram photos or your Blog Posts on the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along page. You can find it by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab found just below the blog header. As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.







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It is NOT necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate. But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Collection includes all 15 designs and is available for purchase in my pattern store here. The individual designs are also available for purchase.







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