I’ve been contemplating participating in a Sewalong that is happening over on Instagram. Lori Holt, of Bee in my Bonnet, is have a Quilty Little Christmas Sewalong where she posts the photos and instructions for some of her awesome blocks on Instagram. You participate by posting your progress and using the assigned hashtag (#haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas). I had been putting off joining in until she posted the quilt label, which was a sweet little snowman. Then she separated the snowman sewing from the rest of the sampler quilt. I’m a sucker for snowmen and knew I needed to start sewing along. I picked my fabrics – background, body, scarf.
Three of the aquas, and the two texty stitch prints, are from Lori Holt’s line Polka Dot Stitches. It’s an older line but you can still find bits and pieces online at this etsy store.
Her photos and directions (#mrsnowmansewalong) are very clear and I got the first block put together.
All facing the same direction would be awesome for a mini quilt, but not what I was going for. One facing each direction meant you wouldn’t have to worry about how it looks from each place at the table. It’s cute, but it just didn’t feel like what I wanted. That’s when table runner popped into my head and I knew that was where I needed to go. I flipped the direction on every other one, with a 2 1/2 inch strip in between, so that both of the long sides were the same.
For the back I used this sparkly snowman fabric that I got a Joann’s last year. It’s a directional print so I put a polka dot stripe across the back so I could split up the snowman fabric and have them facing both directions.
I still need to add the buttons on their bellies but it’s super cute as it is so I may never get that far with it. This is going on my coffee table for the season since I barely ever go into the dining room. I want to see it all the time and it’s a great incentive to keep that table clean and mail-free.