I have been having so much fun making Christmas projects this July! (This is the first year I have ever done this, even though I have said to myself for many years...."Next year I will start some holiday projects early in the summer..." )
It all began with making a Christmas item for our July Across The Pond Sew Along .
|Merry Gift Boxes block design by Clover and Violet
Next, I couldn't resist making
a ( well it turned out to be 11 .... so far!) gingerbread men! Amanda, over at The Patchsmith has some totally cute gingerbread men patterns at her Craftsy patterns page. (As well as lots of other adorable Christmas patterns!)
|Gingerbread cup mug rug pattern by The Patchsmith
|Gingerbread bunting pattern by The Patchsmith
Well, Amy, over at Amy Made That! , made hers already .... and of course,not to be outdone by Amanda and my sister, I wanted to make my version immediately after I saw theirs!
|Amy's Joy Bunting pattern by The Patchsmith
|Amanda's Joy Bunting pattern by The Patchsmith
|Susie's Sunroom JOY Bunting pattern by The Patchsmith
For my ribbon: 2- 2 inches x wof blender gold/tan
Sew the 2 long strips together, to make over 80 inches long
Iron a center crease in the long strip
Fold each raw edge to the center fold line and iron
Fold these together (you have no raw edges now) and it is about 1/2 inch wide
|I inserted each block, with the raw edges tucked into the ribbon. No raw edges showing now!
|On my mantle
The pattern ~
|'Bell -Ringer Santa' pattern designed by Jan Kornfeind @ Country Appliques.com
|Susie's Sunroom Bello-Ringer Santa applique wallhanging Pattern by Jan Kornfeind @ Country Appliques
Normandy Court by Michele Amore Benartex (snow swirls)
IQSC Birdsong Moon and Stars Black Kathy Hall with Jo Morton Andover (night sky)
Moda Marbles Moda red coat
Merry Medley Charm Pack Sandy Gervais Moda (coat trims and various parts)
Quilters Linen Robert Kaufman (white beard)
Blender gold/tan vines JoAnn (pouch)
Curtain taffeta scrap ( his sack)
Plaid border Poppies by Exclusively Quilters 2007
Heat-n-Bond Lite for ironing on applique pieces
I like this pattern. Jan Kornfeind put the applique shapes separately on a sheet, so I could tape it onto the window, to copy the reverse side to my heat-n-bond paper. She includes directions to make a pillow , too. The pattern came out in 1995, but I looked on the net and she has a web site now, with all of her old world Santa patterns available.
I have never made any applique this big before, but decided to "go for it!" after having made a lot of mug rugs (designed by The Patchsmith and Amy Made That!) and loved it.
After I laid out all of my fused pieces on to the background fabric, I consulted with Amy about how I should machine sew my appliqued pieces on this wall hanging. (Thanks, Amy, for your advice!) I decided on a blanket stitch on my Viking Topaz.
|I embroidered his eyes by hand. I used a red colored pencil for his cheek blush.
|After stitching around each piece, the shapes started to come alive
Has anyone noticed that the above picture has another CUTE detail added finally???
The BELLS!!!!! As soon as I started cutting the fabric, I went online to order some little "liberty bells" in 3 sizes. I found an awesome site: www.FactoryDirectCraft.com
I got 3 different sizes of these sweet little bells :) *heart*
|Three sweet little bells
|Bell Ringer Santa wall hanging with JOY Bunting
|Susie's Sunroom Bell Ringer Santa and JOY
I really enjoyed stretching myself to make something that I never attempted before. Thank you , Beulah, for the lovely giveaway prize!
Please link up any pictures of projects that you make for Christmas early, (not just July!), at our ATPSA Flicker page. Look it over for some ideas and inspiration. Take a chance, and stretch yourself to make something with a new technique!
|I'm off to my sewing room!