I am getting my final preparations done for Christmas. I send most of my gifts so I have to be done super early in order to get the packages to their destinations prior to Christmas celebrations. One of the things I did this week was decorate blank Christmas cards with fabric.
I was inspired by this post on Instagram by @stitcherydickory – otherwise known as Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock. She had embellished blank cards by sewing fabric scraps on them. I took that same idea but created Christmas trees. I lightly glued the pieces on the card stock one at a time, from the bottom up, and stitched the sides leaving the bottom as a raw edge. I had those star pieces in my sewing box, which I found when the cats got in the closet and knocked it over and spilt all its contents on the ground. They were so perfect for this project and I had to drag out the fancy tools and use the hot glue gun to secure them to the card. It was a lot of fun and I will have to do that again next year!
Ornament Table Runner:
I wanted to make something else for my mother and wanted it to be Christmas themed. There is a free tutorial that Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation posted on the Benartex blog that was based on an Ornament theme. I checked out her tutorial and then did a Christmas fabric pull for a smaller version to make into a table runner.
It went together so fast that I did not get a chance to take pictures before I was done. Even though I wrote the cutting dimensions down properly, I cut the bottom squares at 5″ instead of 5.5″. I do kind of like the blunt bottom just as well as the pointed bottom that it was supposed to be. I was too far into the process before I realized the error so I just went with it. I made four blocks and placed them in opposite directions so that it would not matter what side of the table you sat on. Either way you would get a good view of the runner. Some wavy organic quilted lines gives this piece some great texture. I backed it in a happy snowman print that coordinates well with the front. I then bound it with the accent fabric that I used on the back. As I was quilting it I had made the decision that the colors and swirls were more suited to my step-mother. And when it was finished, and I was photographing it, I thought that it looked so dang awesome on my table that I might just keep it for myself. I spend Christmas Day with my Mom so there is still time for me to decide on gifting it to her or to me.😊
Speaking of gifts for myself – I ordered this storage unit to hold all the ArtBin boxes that I have. I have gotten tired of moving everything to get to the box on the bottom and this unit puts the boxes on sliders. I have now ordered 2 more so I can really get all these project boxes organized. It’s going to be fabulous!