How are the holidays going at your house? We’ve been enjoying our traditional advent calendar activities, visiting with friends, cooking, crafting, playing … all the things that I want our Christmas memories to be made of. I posted a picture on Instagram a few days ago of a fun (and messy!) afternoon spent decorating some very yummy but not very pretty sugar cookies hashtagged #notpinterestworthy, and a sweet friend reminded me that life is not Pinterest-worthy! Before I move on to my crafts for today, I forward that reminder on to you. Have fun, make a mess, and enjoy this Christmas season!Our house is a split-level with a large foyer, and this wall is what you see when you open the front door. I always keep a quilt on that rack, and I’ve wanted to sew a Christmas quilt to display there for a few years. This year, it made it onto my sewing list! The quilt came together in a rather interesting manner, though. I gave up my normal plan-everything-out ways for a bit of improv.
Measuring and planning my Christmas sampler wallhanging quilt. Some blocks from #haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas , a few random favorites, and a partial gift pile block from @cloverandviolet. I’ve never done a quilt like this before so I’m excited to see if it turns out the way I’m imagining! #handmadeholidays #quilting
I simply did not have time to sew a tree skirt for this tree, and I couldn’t find anything that I really liked that was ready-made. On one of our many Joann’s runs this season, though, I happened to see a roll of this Christmas mesh ribbon near the checkout for 70% off. I grabbed it to see what I could do with it.I’m not going to give you step-by-step instructions for this one because it’s so easy! I just cut a length of the ribbon that I thought would work and wrapped it around the base of the tree until I was happy with how it looks. Isn’t it pretty? And, I have a ton left over for some other future project!Before I go, I have one more little bonus tip for you.I really didn’t want to have hooks showing on my new white tree, but I couldn’t find any white hooks locally, so I bought a pack of white chenille stems instead and used those to attach the ornaments. The stems blend right in with the tree, and they have the added bonus of making it easy for me to position the ornaments exactly the way I want them and secure them snugly in place. Cool, huh?Okay, go have some holiday fun, and feel free not to count my holiday craft ideas up when I’m finished … I might not manage to blog all twelve!
Last month, the folks at Soak Wash put together a quilter’s photo-a-day challenge on Instagram. I thought I would join in because I really like the motivation that a challenge offers, and while I don’t do a ton of quilting, I’ve really been enjoying it lately. (For tons of inspiration, check out all of the photos that were shared during the challenge by searching #soakphotochallenge on Instagram.)
The first lesson teaches you how to sew a traditional courthouse steps block using basic paper piecing, and I was able to finish it really quickly. You can see my sweet little block above. Once I felt like I had a grasp on what paper piecing involved, I cheated a little and jumped ahead to lesson #4, and I made this!
From there, I pieced it all together, backed it and did some straight line quilting using my regular sewing machine.
I finished it with navy blue binding to match the clock above it and hung it up on the dining room wall.
Woohoo! I finished all twelve of the blocks in the Patchwork Posse Around the Block Round Robin! All that’s left to do is piece them all together with sashing … and then add the border, and then the quilting, and, of course, the binding. I will finish this quilt! It just might take me a little bit. This final block was super fast and easy — my favorite kind. The Boxy Pinwheel Block tutorial is from Susan at Living with Punks.
Did you think that I’d given up on the Patchwork Posse Around the Block Round Robin? No way! I just got a little bit waylaid by Quilt Market. I’ll be a bit late finishing up, but I’m going to do it!
Block #11 is the Ribbon Star block from Jennifer at Ellison Lane. I’m so happy with how well this block came together! My points lined up so nicely, and all I did was follow Jennifer’s instructions very closely. My “need for speed” was very pleased by her directions for sewing four half-square triangles at once, too!