22 August 2014

It's a Festive Friday Christmas post!

For the whole month of August I have been making Christmas creations using my new Boxes-N-Bows block design.  First there were these two table runners using the new Holiday Cheer collection by Jan Shade Beach for Henry Glass Fabrics.  I really loved the soft and festive colours in this collection.

Then I purchased more of last year's Holiday Frost, by the same designer, and started on two projects at the same time, where I blogged about my progress in this post.  Using a more traditional colour scheme, this line uses a rich red along with shades of grey.

My first finish for today is a set of six quilted Holiday place mats.


Each place mat measures 12" x 17.5" finished size.
And includes applique ornaments.  With organic wavy quilting....


And binding in Holiday Sparkle by Nina Seven for Wilmington prints.


Here is a great close up of the quilting - and my cute labels from My Own Quilting Labels.


The backing is from the Essentials 108" Backing - Dotty Waves - collection for Wilmington Prints and was made from the remainder of my wideback fabric first used on my second finish for today....


A quilted Christmas Tree Skirt.


This finished skirt measures 47.5" from edge to edge and 56" from corner to corner.


I used ribbon loops, sewn into the binding, and large red buttons for closures.


For the most part, I echo quilted parallel to the seams.  And then free motion quilted (FMQ) the background around the boxes, using White Magnifico thread by Superior Threads.  This project was my first FMQ done in six months since getting my new Elna.  She's not a FMQ kind of gal, so I got reacquainted with my little Janome with this project!



These seven finishes bring my quilt label total down to 90 remaining.


Just for fun.... my son Russell helps me with the photo shoot!  What a fabulously festive poncho, eh?!!


Click here to go to the free Boxes N' Bows tutorial!






Keep On Quilting On!



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33 comments:

Cindy Dahlgren said...

Love your Christmas projects. I bought some of the new Celebrations? line, and will be making either placemat's or table runners. Love this fabric, not traditional Christmas colors. cdahlgren at live dot com

Katherine said...

Gorgeous, Lorna! You'll be all set for Christmas decorating. Love everything you're making with that pretty block and coordinating fabrics.

Sarah Goer said...

These are lovely! Beautiful work!!

margaret said...

violet is the colour for august

margaret said...

these Christmas makes are lovely, and yes your young man looks great in his poncho, watch out tree looks like you have lost your skirt

Gina said...

They are lovely. I adore the placemats xx

A Quilter's Mission said...

Yeah Russell!! I love it all. I love the ribbon/button closure.

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

You've been very busy Lorna! I love all of it and the fact that you are counting down quilt labels :) I need some labels so I'm going to pop over there and take a look.

Scrapatches said...

Very pretty fabrics! Love the packages under the tree skirt design ... :) Pat

Carol Maynard said...

I just LOVE your Christmas package designs!! Such lovely colors!! I particularly like your "model" for the tree skirt! lol

Vicki in MN said...

What a way to get a jump start on you christmas decorations! And you did an awesome job in both creating it and quilting it!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh my goodness, the last photo is priceless. Congrats on the finishes!! :)

Elise Lea said...

What great finishes! I love the button closure on that tree skirt - brilliant!

Daytona Damsel said...

Love these projects for Christmas. Un fortunately I have not come close to FMQ that would be remotely acceptable. Maybe it is my machine. I do like the wavy quilting and what a cute idea using buttons and ribbon on the skirt. Your model is quite handsome too. :)

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

LUV!

Tina G @ ModGeometry said...

The present blocks are so cute. I really love the ornaments on the placemats, too. Nice work!

Lara B. said...

Lorna, you've made the most adorable patterns and I love your color schemes, fabric choices, and quilting! Russell is a very good sport and a real cutie pie!

audrey said...

Look at you all super on top of things! Man, I wish I was that on top of things! I'd like to make a tree skirt, and I need to make another stocking, but the thought of holiday sewing...oh man. I just can't seem to make myself go there! But yay you for getting it done, and making it fun and pretty to boot!

Leanne Parsons said...

You certainly are ahead of the game, aren't you? It all looks great, especially the placemats. I love the appliqued ornaments you added to them.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

So nice to have Christmas sewing projects done and dusted well before the holidays! There always seems to be so many other things to get done once December rolls around. And having a little distance between making the item and displaying it always adds to the sweetness for me!

Vera said...

These are just fab! I love your mats. The poncho (ha ha) is also pretty but I'm in love with these mats!

CeLynn said...

I am really loving all your gift box projects Lorna! You have me wanting to drop everything and start a gift box project!

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Love these placemats, especially the organic waves. It's something that I never think to quilt, but it looks so amazing whenever I see it. Thanks for sharing!

Doris Rice said...

Beautiful projects and a handsome assistant! Creative like his mom!

Joanna @ Riddle and {Whimsy} said...

Love the poncho, ha! Seriously though, that tree skirt is amazing!

I adore your quilting on the placemats so much too. Your stitches look so nice and even.

Mary Marcotte said...

Oh my goodness! Those are beautiful! I love the design and the colors. The entire set really is amazing!

Glinda ♥ said...

Your son must love you very much! Bless him :)
What gorgeous Festive Fancies! Always love your quilting but these projects (especially the skirt) really showcase your talent :)

Christine S said...

Your projects are so wonderful! I love them and this fabric line!

SewCraftyJenn said...

I love the tree skirt on your son! Maybe he could be a Christmas tree for Halloween! Too funny. :)

Ruth said...

Really pretty finishes - love the baubles!

What Comes Next? said...

such great Christmas projects! love the red and grey colour scheme.

Jo Ferguson said...

These are all beautifully done. Does Russell sew quilts or just wear quilts? He makes a great model.

Mara said...

My goodness where was I when you were busy sewing up all of these wonderful items, so pretty.