Christmas

Christmas Quilt Pattern ~ Scandinavian Tomte

TOMTE

A mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore 
typically associated with the Winter Solstice
and the Christmas season.

You may have seen my Scandinavian Tomte quilt pattern in a couple previous posts but I’m excited to share that it’s been published in the latest Simply Moderne issue from Quiltmania! This is a big deal for me, and I am so grateful to the group over at Quiltmania. They are kind and supportive in every way, truly a wonderful experience all together.

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If you already subscribe to Simply Moderne I hope you enjoy this issue! And if not, I would recommend a subscription to any of the three they offer (Quiltmania, Simply Moderne, Simply Vintage).

So back along when I got the news that my quilt was chosen for the winter issue I was over the moon to say the least. I’ve always enjoyed the magazine and all the beautiful quilts and photography!! So, it’s no surprise (I confess) that over the past few months I’ve been spending a little time daydreaming about how they will photograph my quilt. (I’m a pisces, we do that lol)

It was the day after Thanksgiving and my daughters were home from college, we were all just hanging out, decorating the tree and listing to Christmas music when the mailman came with the magazine.  Now, you know my whole family was on magazine alert… let’s just say I might have mentioned it was coming soon (once or twice) AND maybe I was checking the mail a little more regularly (smiles).

We huddled up on the couch and I turned the first page and there it was, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I might have screamed a little…

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7I was actually quite blown away.  Seeing my quilt in such a lovely scene (seriously I want that bed) and seeing it featured on the contents page ~ I was feeling extra special, and thankful!

I quickly noticed the fine print… my quilt had been on a quilt-cation! Was I jealous? Hell ya!

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Later that night I googled both La Maison des Lamour (where my quilt was photographed) and Les Petites Maisons dans la Prairie. Both places are breathtaking and I quickly added them to my bucket list… some day.

Funny thing is, the next page brought me right back home to New England ~ to the Vermont Quilt Festival which is just a state away from me!

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

The issue also features the Tokyo Festival, three portraits (I’m totally obsessing over the the quilts of Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima)  ~ PLUS a technical lesson with one of my crushes Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession, and a whole bunch of projects….Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

including Tennessee Lightning which I’m in love with! Looks like a great scrap busting quilt.

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

And guess what?  They made mention of my Dear Daughter Quilt! (GUSH!)

Christmas Quilt Pattern Simply Modern magazine 7

So, this Thanksgiving I’m feeling extra special and so thankful that I get to do what I love! I hope you all enjoy the Holiday Season!!! Hugs!

 

sherri

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Winter IS Coming… And so are the holidays!
It’s inevitable so don’t shoot the messenger here… at least it’s not Christmas in July, I did wait till August! :)  I wanted to thank everyone for their nice emails and comments on my tutorials ~ it’s great to get feedback and hear from fellow quilters!
Earlier this summer I was busy working on this little holiday project for The Festival of Quilts. The festival is held in Birmingham, England, and I made this mini-quilt for the Warm Company’s booth to promote their fusible fleece.

applique christmas tree free mini quilt pattern

All the applique is either quilting cotton or wool…
mini quilt pattern ~ Christmas treeI used perle cotton to backstitch or add bullion knots around all the applique.
holiday applique mini quilt and I also used the perle cotton to do some big stitch hand quilting… ( Hand Quilting Tutorial is Here ) if you look close you can see that I followed the circular lines on the white fabric which made it super easy…
big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton mini quilt
mini christmas quilt with big stitch hand quiltingThis project was available at the show this past weekend to UK retailers for their shops as a free pattern sheet… and if you like this pattern (and I hope you do!) I’m posting it here for you too! ~ download free and enjoy!

WARM WISHES MINI QUILT DOWNLOAD 

Check out my new Scandinavian Quilt Pattern HERE!

Scandinavian Tomte, Christmas quilt pattern

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Trip around the Tree Skirt

I have this new little pencil tree tucked in a corner and I thought… wouldn’t it be fun to make a

Trip Around the World Tree Skirt!

 

It was actually my nephew Sammy that brought it up…

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Imagine my embarrassment!  He was right… smart puppy!

My tree skirt is made from four of these 12″ scrappy trip around the world quilt blocks.

trip around the world quilt block tutorialThis was the perfect size for my ‘pencil’ tree, but if you want to make a larger skirt read on…

I used this yummy In from the Cold fabric by Kate Spain!

tree skirt 127 logo I’m making mine scrappy.  Want to make one too?

Let’s get started!

Cut yourself six fabric strips 2 1/2″ x 16″ ~ I used fat quarters so mine were a little longer @ 18″ (but that’s ok)… cutting accuracy is key so make some good 2 1/2″ cuts here!

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Sew the strips together using 1/4″ seam… slow and steady so your strips are nice and straight… You’ll thank yourself later!

This magnetic seam guide (below) helps me keep things straight when sewing long strips.  The magnet sticks to the plate on my machine bed :) and I can position it based on my seam allowance.  Handy!  If you can’t find one in your quilt shop look here on amazon.

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 Press seams in opposite directions… press from front as well, to be sure there are no folds at your seams…

trip around the world quilt tree skirt tutorial

trip around the world quilt block tutorial

Your strip set should measure 12 1/2″ wide if your 1/4″ seams are accurate.

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Cut yourself a straight edge at the end of your strip set… notice how I have the horizontal lines on my ruler lined up with the seams on my pieced set?  This is important to get a squared up edge cut.

trip around the world quilt block tutorialFold strip set in half and sew the two long end strips together to make a tube… (the right edge in next picture)

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Next, cut six 2 1/2″ units from your ‘tube’…

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Now you should have six little tube units…trip around the tree skirt tutorial

Since I wanted the red fabric to be the center on the diagonal, I used my seam ripper to open up the seam right above the red block…

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For each tube, open the next seam above… sounds easy enough, but it can get confusing so double check before you pick that seam open.  Lay them out as you open them up to check that you’re diagonal fabrics all line up…

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Sew strips together, nesting and pinning @ seams ~

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Be careful to keep strips in order while sewing.  Double check before you sew it.

When you finish sewing those strip units together, your first block is done! Look over your block and be sure that all your fabrics line up on the diagonal and you didn’t turn any of your strips while sewing…trip around the world quilt block tutorial

For the little tree skirt (24″ x 24″) make four 12″ blocks…trip around the world block tutorial

This is how I quilted my tree skirt… (read my quilt sandwich tute here)

First sew your four completed blocks together, and layer:

1) tree skirt backing, right side down

2) batting

3) top (four block unit), right side up trip around the world quilt tree skirt tutorial

I spray basted mine together

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and quilted on the diagonal in both directions using my walking foot.

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Then I trimmed off the corners, cut a slit from the center to one side (right down seam) and added a circle cut out in the middle (I just traced a large jar for circle).

christmas tree skirt tutorialAll that’s left is the binding.  You will need bias binding due to the circle.  I cheated and cut one small strip of bias binding to do the circle and then I attached it to straight grain binding to do the rest… mainly because I had some of the straight grain binding left over from another Christmas project.

If you need a refresher on how to make bias binding  or how to attach binding, check out my tutorials.  On the tree skirt you can tackle these obtuse angled corners the same as a 90 degree corner.   Stop 1/4″ before edge, fold the binding to the right and line up with edge…trip around the world quilt block tutorial Then flip back to the left, pin and sew starting at edge. tree skirt tutorial

That’s all there is to it!  Fits perfect!quilted tree skirt tutorial

 

If you want to make a larger tree skirt make four larger trip around the world blocks.  Here are the measurements, read the column down for each size.

24″ tree skirt
(like mine)
42″ tree skirt
48″ tree skirt
Cut six 2 1/2″ x 16″
strips
Cut six 4″ x 25″
strips
Cut six 4 1/2″ x 28″
strips
Cut tubes into 2 1/2″
units
Cut tubes into 4″
units
Cut tubes into 4 1/2″
units
Makes one 12″ block
Makes one 21″ block
Makes one 24″ block
Make 4 blocks
Make 4 blocks
Make 4 blocks

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Countdown to Christmas ~ Hip Holiday Houses

hip holiday fabricI have a fun project to share with you today.  I know I’ve mentioned my love of the holidays with you already ~ and you also know I love a good challenge so when I stumbled upon the Holiday Challenge from Ruth at Sew Love Fabrics hosted by Rachel over at Stitched in Color  I couldn’t resist!  Look at the Yummy Fabric they sent me to play with!!  Six fat quarters from Artist Josephine Kimberling‘s new Hip Holiday collection!

I was in the  midst of setting up my Christmas Village… and that’s where my inspiration came from ~ How about some Hip Holiday Houses! (insert loud cheers!)

Department 56 North Pole Village display

Is it possible to resist such cuteness?  I think not!  Don’t you want to make a snowman?  Have a hot cocoa?  Watch a Wonderful Life?  You know you do!

North Pole Village Department 56 Display

All this happy inspiration was not lost on me!   I made my own happy hip holiday houses! (that’s a mouthful!)

House Shaped Pillows Sewing tutorial

I had so much fun with this project!  I got to play with a bunch of buttons and ribbons sparkly stuff in my stash…  Ellie couldn’t resist my  hip holiday houses… but she was a little upset I didn’t invite her to model ~ that’s her shy face… but she made the cut ~ more cuteness! Can’t even stand it!

Hip Holiday Houses sewing tutorial

This would make a sweet house warming gift! Free motion stitch or embroider ‘home’ on the door or a street address,  house number, family name  over the door :)

House Pillows sewing tutorial

 how to sew house shaped pillows tutorial Here’s a quick tutorial on how to put one together…

Gather your fabric and embellishment supplies  (ribbon etc)

how to make house shaped pillows sewing tutorial

1) Cut one 8.5″ W x 11″ H rectangle for the body of the house and a 9.25W x 8.5H rectangle for the roof.  Place them right sides together (roof will overhang on each side of body) and sew together with 1/4″ seam.

house shaped pillows tutorial

2) cut some roof ‘snow’ ~ use your rotary cutter and free hand a wavy line in a cut of fabric at least 9.25″Wide (as wide as roof) and aprox 2-3″ High.

house shaped pillows sewing tutorial

 3) Align your ‘snow’ along top edge of roof and attach by sewing around edges and add any trim you like.

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4) Trim left and right roof edges by measuring from the bottom corners in one inch from top corners.

house shaped pillows sewing tutorial

5) Add some trim to the seam where the roof meets the house body.  Place unit on top of some batting ~ I used warm and natural batting.  Quilt your house.  Add a door and windows to your liking.  I made a felt door embellished with ‘Hip Holiday’ from the fabric selvage and stitched it in place after my quilting was done.sewing holiday houses

6) Trim away excess batting after your quilting is done and repeat steps to make the back panel for your pillow.  I didn’t embellish the back but you can!

christmas pillows sewing tutorial

7) Place your panels right sides together and stitch around entire perimeter leaving generous opening at bottom.  Turn right side out, stuff and whip stitch opening closed.

christmas pillows sewing tutorial

8) ENJOY!

christmas pillows sewing tutorial

sewing tutorial hip holiday houses sewing tutorial

Check out what everyone else made in the challenge over at Stitched in Color and if you’re looking for some hip holiday fabric – hop over to Sew Love Fabrics for a fat quarter bundle.

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Ok the Countdown to Christmas has begun!   First off the checklist is a Hostess gift!  Today I have a Wine Bottle Gift Bag and a Mug Rug tutorial to share with you! Image If you steppin’ out for the holidays you can’t just show up empty handed!   How about a bottle of your favorite holiday ‘spirits’ in a cute gift bag and a mug rug!  I’m imagining a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream or maybe some espresso vodka?  YUM!  Couple it with your favorite creamy drink recipe and some sweets?  Wouldn’t that be a super sweet gift?

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This quilted Bottle Gift Bag Tutorial is easy enough to whip up… and it’s so cute in this ‘in from the cold’ fabric by Kate Spain… remember I used this fabric in my Merry KrisMoose Pillow?  I told you I was hooked (confessions of a fabric hoarder!)  I ordered a fat quarter bundle of it (merry Christmas to me) and it came with some stocking panels… who knew? happy surprise bonus!

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The mug rug is made from a 9″ eight pointed star and measures 11.5″ square when finished with border and binding.

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I printed the cutting directions in EQ7 – you can also print most block cutting instructions with the FREE ‘Block Fab’ App right on your phone/ipad/tablet.  First cut your star pieces using the mug rug star cutting instructions.  You should have the following pieces cut:

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Now piece your blocks.

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Make your rows.

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Piece rows together and add a 1.5″ border.  Make a batting sandwich with fabric right sides out.

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Add binding to finish.

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Easy as Pie!  sherri

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Merry ‘KrisMoose’?

Remember last year when I posted about starting my first embroidery pattern? No?  Well, you’re not the only one who forgot… I did to!  Oh as usual I had good intentions of stitching right along but, I got busy and you know how that goes!  I finally got back around to it and it’s FINISHED!  I ordered a 2.5″ charm pack go around the embroidery and make a pillow – the fabric line is called ‘In from the Cold’ by Kate Spain – I absolutely love it!!!- matter of fact I’m making a mental note to get more!

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My very dear friend, and Swedish American Artist, Karen Forsman Wakem did the Artwork for this design.  I’m IN LOVE with my KrisMoose!

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And let’s not forget my Swedish Santa!  How much fun is he!!

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I had so much fun with this pattern… sometimes I forget how relaxing it is to stitch by hand.  For me it’s the perfect time of year in New England… with the nights getting crisper and soon, a fire in the fireplace and the smell of Autumn in the air  – I feel so cozy just thinking about it!  I am itching to start the next embroidery project!

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You can find the pattern for my ‘Merry KrisMoose’ on Craftsy!

sherri

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How to make a kissing ball

A couple days ago I saw a Christmas Kissing Ball at my friend Suzanne’s house.  It kept catching my eye.  It looked…. traditional, fun, bright, and dare I say, romantic!  It just made me plain old happy!  I like feeling happy!  So I asked her about it, and to my delight she told me she made it!  And that’s not all, she would tell me how I could make one too!  Yippee!!!  I couldn’t help but wonder how many Christmas’ her kissing ball had lit up?  How many people have kissed under it? How many family members had gazed upon it while dreaming about their new years resolutions? (nostalgia!)

Kissing Ball

Kissing Ball

Bottom line was, I had to make one.  I love traditions and I was ready to start a new one…  The Christmas Kissing Ball.

Good news is – You can start one too…  Here’s what you need:

32 – 4.5 oz cone cups

1 set of mini Christmas lights (35-50 light strand) clear or colored

1.5 yard 1″ wide ribbon

32 Christmas ball ornaments 2.5″ – 3″

stapler

glue gun and extra glue sticks

15 feet garland (nothing too poofy)

Start by counting out 9 cups and staple them together.  Staple them 1″ down inside cup (mine shown were only .5″ which wasn’t really enough)

 Next place six cups on top of your set of 9 and staple in place.

 You have now completed 1/2 the ball.  Make another half identical to this half.  Fold ribbon in half and lay across the bottom side of one of the halves and staple on securely.

kissing ball tutorial

Next connect your two halves with staples and it’s time to start stringing your lights.  Take the end of your light string without the plug and start weaving the light string between the cones beginning at the bottom of your ball where the two ribbon tails are.  Depending on the number of lights in your string you may need to have two lights poking out in the same spot – just work them in as evenly as possible.  Use your stapler to close cup gaps up as needed  and to keep cords from poking out.  Finish at the top of your ball where the ribbon loop is.

kissing ball tutorial

Next get your glue gun ready and start gluing your ornament balls into the cups.  Put a thin ‘bead’ of glue around top edge of each cup and place your ornament inside.  Depending on the size of your cup and ornaments – they will sit up higher or deeper into the cup. 

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 When you get to the end, you might have to really snuggle the last couple ornaments in.  I had ornaments of varying sizes so I got to cheat a little here.  If your ornaments are smaller, you may have more wiggle room between them – no worries – it will all fill in nicely when you add your garland.  You can also embellish and fill in with miniature ornaments.  There are no rules here!

kissing ball tutorial

When you are done with your ornaments it’s time for the last step!  Start at the top or bottom and weave your way around with the garland – applying glue from your glue gun here and there to keep it secure.

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Now… Light it Up!  And test it with a KISS of course!  Magic. 

kissing ball tutorial

Here are a couple variations that my kids made for Christmas gifts…

This first one is for a girls room – pink and silver, very cute…

kissing ball tutorial

And another one with traditional Christmas colors…

kissing ball tutorial

SO SO SO FUN! 

I think these would be great in silver to make for weddings!  The sky is the limit… 

Thanks so much to Suzanne for sharing with me!

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Mittens from felted wool sweaters

I’ve also been to a lot of holiday fairs ~ selling mittens!

Sew Mama Sew (one of my favorite sewing sites – btw) is offering a ‘Craft Fair and Market Series’ beginning today and I get to kick things off!  I’m really excited to be part of this.  After being ‘on tour’ selling my mittens I’ve got it down to a science.  Those first few shows were so stressful exciting – and now I’m here to share my market ‘toolkit’ and advice! 

From Getting your Cash Box together…

Cash Box

To Marketing Materials…

Marketing Supplies

Find out what’s in My Booth Tote…

What’s in your wallet booth tote?

Don’t forget you’ll need to package your items…

Easy packaged up Mittens!

It you’re gearing up to get your show on the road – get on over to Sew Mama Sew to read the entire blog and print out my toolkit list!

sherri

 

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