Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Christmas in August

Well you know me I can't do anything straight forward or normal. No Christmas in July for me, I'm doing it in August. Mind you those that know me will be wondering why Christmas at all as I don't normally celebrate it.

Well the thing is I was on my travels through blogland and I came across the I Wish You a Merry Christmas QAL on Vanda's blog. Now the thought of doing a Christmas quilt never entered my head but I did like block one which was a snowflake. So I thought, never mind the quilt I'd pick and choose which blocks I wanted to do as a Winter themed QAL instead. Then I thought well what happens if I only like the snowflake. So the plan is still to pick and choose the blocks I like or are relevant but I'm doing them as one off projects instead of a quilt.

So lets get on to block one.....the snowflake.

Or in my case two snowflakes ( both at 13" square)

 I've used a pale blue background with snowflakes over it and the white for the actual flakes. Please don't ask me what it is as I've probably had it for years.

 I fussy cut the centres and they've all been stuck down with bondaweb.

And then I sewed them together with some setting triangles to make a small table runner.

I sandwiched it and then sewed down the applique using a straight stitch for raw edged applique. Which left me loads of ends to sew in last night.

For quilting I drew out some shapes from a stencil that I thought looked snowflake like and quilted them in white. More ends to sew in.

I then quilted the background in a pale blue in a swirly FMQ.

There are 8 quilted snowflakes in there as you can just about make out.

I used a plain white for the binding and the lovely crinkled effect is because I finished it this morning and threw it in the washing machine before letting it dry on the line.

And there she is all finished and ready to go away until I decorate for the Winter.

Block 2 came out today, I think they'll be coming out every 2 weeks or so. It's Christmas trees. I'm not sure if I'm going to make that block or I might do something along the same lines but stick with the Christmas tree theme.

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  1. I love it!!!

    P.S. I suspect the white on white snowflake is by Makower...I also had some!

  2. Very nice job and so fun that you were inspired to make a finished object!

  3. I think that your runner is lovely. xx

  4. Beautiful! I love the way you have quilted the runner, very effective! Thanks for sharing with 'sew stitch snap SHARE'

  5. Oh very nice!! Memories of our English Winters with these two snowflakes, beautifully quilted too!

  6. Me too, not doing it as a quilt. I did a pillow, unquilted for the snowflake. Love your table runner.

  7. So cute!! I love snowflakes and snowmen Thanks for linking up with Let's S.E.W.

  8. I love this! And the quilting is absolutely perfect for those snowflakes! I'm not sure if I'll do all the blocks or pick and choose; I like that you are making the blocks that work for you.

  9. Wow! That turned out great. I think you should do the trees. After all, A christmas tree with no ornaments is just an evergreen tree. Right? :-)

  10. I just discovered this snowflake block (and QAL) in another linked post. I'm very tempted. Your blocks turned out beautifully and your quilting is amazing! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!


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