Monday, 15 December 2014

Ticker Tape Pretty

Christmas Ticker Tape Mug Rug
Everywhere there is red and green Christmassy magic.  Everybody is busy – I am busy - there’s much to do and little time to stop.    

So when it came to changing the mug rug on my nightstand, I wanted something pretty but quick to make – I only had an hour to spare.  Thank goodness for five charms squares and my Ticker Tape quilt-as-you-go pattern.
Ticker Tape prettiness.
Perfect mug rug goodness.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

More Trees from Across the Pond

Patchsmith Quilted Tree
Last week I showed you how to make a Patchsmith Quilted Tree as part of the Across the Pond project for this month and I promised you some more Christmas Tree projects from around the net.  But before I do, I must ask - have you checked out Susie's wonderful Santa projects?  I am going to make one of the cutesy Santa cushions for myself.
Sew-a-Straight-Line's Santa Cushions made by Susie
But enough of me - you want to know about the Christmas Tree projects that will have you reaching for your needle-and-thread (or glue-gun).

First up how about a little bit of cross stitch? What looks difficult is really quite simple with this Nordic Christmas tree from Balades et Broderies 
Balades et Broderies Nordic Tree Pattern
Or how about this snowflake tree from Stickeule:
Stickeule Snowflake Tree
I actually stitched this tree this month using a different shade of green thread for each snowflake:
The Patchsmith's version of the Stickeule Snowflake Tree
It you fancy something very quick and very easy look no further than Cosmo Cricket's cinnamon tree.   I think this would make a lovely gift wrap accessory instead of a bow - very country, very chic.
Cosmo Cricket's Cinnamon Tree

Or even simpler – a scrap ribbon tree from Fireflies and Mud Pies.  If you don't have a dry twig to hand you could still use a cinnamon stick:

Talking of ribbon here is an elegant ribbon tree from Star Inspirations:
Ribbon and Beads from Star Inspirations
And over at Homedit you will find felt trees that can be made as plain or fancy as you like (there are other ornaments as well):
Felt Christmas Ornaments from Homedit
I don't know about you but my buttons seem to multiply so I have more than enough to create a fabulous button topiary tree from Crafts ‘n Coffee.   No needle or thread needed - just a fistful of buttons, some glue and a polystyrene cone:
Button Tree from Crafts 'n Coffee
And finally, there is always the wonderful pleated tree tutorial from Sew Lux. This is a seriously easy tree to make yet it looks so elegant:
Pleated Tree from Sew Lux
Unless that is, you're the Patchsmith and, in true Patchsmith style you get something a little wrong.  It was my own fault ..... can you spot my mistake?
Pleat pockets full of birds and hearts
Yes, the pleats are upside down - doh!  I used quick fuse applique and didn't pay attention to the direction of the tree.  But I recovered the project by using the pleats as little pockets for a chubby bird and a few country hearts to create a folksy picture for the mantel.
An upside-down pleated tree!
However, I can't stop and chat - there are gingerbread trees to be made and eaten - like these from good 'ol Martha Stewart:
Martha Stewart's Lemon Iced Gingerbread Trees
I look forward to seeing your Christmas 'makes-and-bakes' over at the Across the Pond Flickr group.  Until then.......

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Row 4 - the complete Nordic Mini Quilt

The Patchsmith's version of the Nordic Mini Quilt
The Nordic Mini Quilt-Along has proved a lovely diversion from the busyness of this time of year.  Four small rows of patchwork pleasure which will look good all year round – not just for Christmas.

Row 4 saw us patching ‘woven’ hearts finished with a touch of appliqué.  
Row 4 - Love, love, love red gingham hearts
As you know I am a fan of quick-fuse appliqué but Crafty Quilter Julie provides a super fast way of finishing the hearts with turned appliqué.  No fiddly turning of 1/8” seams required – just simple stitching with a little bit of fusible batting.  It was very, very easy.
Four rows of fabric fun
Row 4 also brought us to the end of this Nordic quilt along.  With all four rows joined together I finished this patchwork mini with some red and grey hand quilting.  Those rustic stitches (using two strands of embroidery thread) complement the Nordic simplicity of the red-and-white design.
The rustic hand quilting distracts from my less-than-perfect piecing.
Cunning eh?
If you haven’t joined in the quilt-along I can wholeheartedly recommend it.  You will find all of the tutorials over at the Crafty Quilter
It is never too late for a Nordic Mini Quilt
I'm off to finish my very last Patchiqué block.  Sew until next time .......