Monday, December 1, 2014


December's Across The Pond Sew Along Theme

See what we have been making {here}

What is the theme for December's Across The Pond Sew Along?

                                      Santas  and Christmas Trees!

Perfect December fun!  And we think you will find these projects fast and fun , and perfect for creating  future keepsakes and for your holiday giving!

I have some Santa projects  to share with you, and Amanda, will be spotlighting some Christmas Tree projects for you.

But I can't help but show you this....
Amanda, The Patchsmith, has been staying up late at night, dreaming up a new pattern....  the Quilted Tree pattern.  It is just so clever and  adorable!  Hop on over to The Patchsmith to get her new FREE pattern and see her little quilted trees decorated, Patchsmith style,  and to see more Christmas Tree projects!!

Quilted Tree  -      pattern by The Patchsmith

Quilted Tree    a new FREE pattern by Amanda, The Patchsmith   click {here}
photo courtesy of The Patchsmith 

Just sew  darn cute, aren't they ? !!

First Santa Project-     the Christmas Hat       ~  a paper pieced block pattern
 by Janeen ,  from   the digital magazine "Paper Piecing 1/4"  issue 3  click { here}

I loved this design , and from the start, wanted to try to make the white furry parts of Santa's hat with some "Minkie Dimple-like " fabric.
It worked surprisingly well with paper piecing. 
         WARNING-  do not iron this synthetic material.  I finger pressed my seams as I made the block.   And it does create bits of white fur scraps from cutting.

I started to feel "jolly" as Santa's Hat began to come together, when joining the sections!
~see my  past blog 

And this is my completed Santa's Christmas Hat:

Christmas Hat      by Susie's Sunroom

I would love to make this into a pillow... and may possibly add some ornament blocks, by Janeen , Quilt Art Designs, to the front!   

Second Santa Project:  Paper Pieced Santa Pattern    - a paper pieced ornament
by Pinwheel Wonders blog     -click {here}

Paper Pieced Santa ornament
Pattern and photo  by Pinwheel Ponders
Isn't this adorable?  I hope to make a few very soon, and will put them on my blog. 
My sister Amy , of Amy Made That! ,  made ornaments like this, many years ago before I learned to quilt. So I was delighted to find these directions and a pattern.  I will be making  some  of these little  Santas to give as gifts.

Third Santa Project:   Santa Face Pillow  and Ornament
design by Sabra at  Sew A Straight Line       click {here} for pillow in 3 sizes
                   and  Mini  Ornament  directions click {here}  

I made my pillows with different homespun fabrics, furry fleece, and jingle bells.

There are 3 sizes of pillows!!  See the little mini ornaments!

The ornaments look so cute in a basket!

Furry cuteness!

Peek A Boo !
I made one with scraps,too!

As you can see,  it is easy to make LOTS of  Santas!  I liked cutting out all of the pattern pieces first,  and then sewing them in batches.  The blanket stitch is made with my Viking Topaz, in black thread.  I stuffed them, added the jingle bell, and did the hand stitching while watching tv.

If you make any ATPSA projects, you can share them with us at our Flickr Group HERE.

Come on by and visit my blog all during December, as I make more holiday projects!

And, let me know if you find yourself   addicted to  making LOTS of anything I have shared with you today!  Hope you have fun making your Christmas projects!

I'm off to my sewing room!

 I am linked to :   Anything Goes Mondays @ Stitch by Stitch  and
                            Paper Piecing Party    @  Quilt Art Designs

Pattern provided by QAD Publishing


  1. Santas, santas everywhere. Where to start though? It has to be with one of the cutest Santa pillows EVER. Now where did I put that bolt of red gingham?

  2. Your home must feel so welcoming with all the warm colours. I don't think I could pick a favourite, I like them all :)


  3. You always come up with great projects. I think the Santa decorations and cushions are my favourite! The trees are so fun too!

  4. Such gorgeous little projects, Susie! I think it's the first time I see minky and furry fleece used this way for such wintery projects. Adorable, my little nephew would like a little pillow like yours, let's see if I can't find here some white minky- thank you for the inspiration.

  5. You have been sewing up a storm!!! The minky part of the hat is absolutely perfect!!! You are such a whiz at decorating your home and making it so seasonally special!! And those items will be more treasured as the years roll on. Great work Susie!!!

  6. Oh these are so funny and cute. Your hat looks great too. Well done!

  7. Never would I have thought that minky could be used in paper piecing. Your Santa's hat looks so much more adorable because of the fuzzy cutting. LOL get it? Susie you have been accomplishing wonderful things!

  8. Very cute xmas decorations for the whole house

  9. Your Santas are adorable! All of them. And the minky is perfect. I so wish I enjoyed paper piecing.


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