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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Christmas is coming!!

And I'm excited.

Pinterest is overflowing with DIY ideas and the twinkle lights have started to make an appearance in my street.  I seriously love this time of year. I love carols, and Christmas trees, and tinsel, and bad Christmas movies, and fairy lights, and wrapping presents, and Santa hats, and candy canes.... *sigh* I am looking forward to November being over so I can get out my decorations. 

So why am I posting about Christmas, if I'm not even decorating yet??  Because I have started on my Christmas joy. in the sewing room at least.

As you would see from my crazy WIP post, way down the end there was a plan for a Christmas quilt and Santa Sack.

I know this, being at the bottom of the list, was quite literally my lowest priority, but I wanted to get a little bit of Christmas going. So out came the pile of Santas and I got cutting.

 
I literally cut. And cut. And cut.

I also ironed.  A lot.

I don't have a whole lot to show for it. That photo on the right is the product of a whole days labour.

I really wanted to get started on my quilt.  I love Christmas and the idea of having a special Christmas quilt, makes my heart happy. I had a panel that I though would be the starting point, but I couldn't make anything go. Particularly as there were lots of panels and I had kind of imagined a messy blocktastic spree - a bit of a magic number scenario. But then reality came knocking and all these crazy different panels were actually significantly different in size, and the coordinating fabric I had was not working for me, and nothing was actually square (despite the ironing AND starching I did).  After several hours I abandoned all the fabric and tried graph paper.

I tried at least 8 different layouts, until I finally gave up the idea of incorporating all the different panels and came up with this as a plan.


I think I want to go low volume in the star sections and black/dark for the words.  I've got a panel to go in the middle and I've cut some strips of the patterned fabric to run off the sides.

I just want to make it clear that the little picture in the middle is a panel and I will be sewing around it.  This is not my actual  applique/paper piecing template for the centre :-)

I think it's pretty cute though. I mean, look! I even did a reindeer!!!!

I'm happy with the design.

I have no idea yet how I'm going to put it together, but I'm definitely happy with it.

Of course now my problem is, I have a whole bunch of panels that now I don't technically need. Maybe I could do two Christmas quilts??

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  1. Dude, I'm loving this stick man/stick reindeer concept for the center. Are you sure you want to use that panel? :)

    This looks awesome! I love that it's so personalized! Can't wait to see it!

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    1. I'm sorry tempted. Maybe I could get it printed and use THIS as the panel??? :-D
      I'm really happy with the plan, but I won't gloat until I've started pulling it all together. It might be a bit beyond my abilities at the moment.
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  2. Ah! I know just how you feel when something in your head DOES NOT translate in fabric. Alas - this sent you on to designing your own and you definitely have something here. I love love the tiny trees at the bottom and the LV inclusion. Go girl!!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. It was very frustrating trying to turn fabric and measure 18 times and have it still ot work, but hopefully what I end up with will be fabulous, as well as a bit unique :-)
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  3. Oh please please please piece that little deer. He's adorable as you have him sketched.

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    1. I don't know how to peice him!! I might try to put him into some osrt of program that does that for me. Or I could embroider him ont o soemthing :-) We'll see how we go!
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  4. As always you've entertained me first thing in a morning, can't wait to see how this turns out young Erin :D x

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    1. That's what I'm here for, Miss Chrissie! :-D
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  5. That stick man & reindeer is awesome :D You should at least make a mini or mug-rug out of it (if you stitch, anyway? I don't know how easy it'd be to create with fabric).

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    1. I think it's a great idea to stich him somehow. I'm sure I can find a home for a little hand sewn reindeer :-)
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  6. so how did it go with this quilt?! i don't see it posted anywhere else. let me know, please!

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    1. Is it terrible to admit that I didn't start it???? I got caught up in Santa sacks and Christmas t-shirts that I ended up with no Christmas quilt. It is the top of my list for this year 9well half way down my list0 so it will be done for 2014.
      I have to admit that I made sure not to put a date in the design, so I would have this flexibility. See I planned for my laziness :-)
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