Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Corner November 2015

Welcome to Christmas Corner -- a place to share Christmas Sewing throughout the year on the 25th of each month!

This month I'm working on Snowman mug rugs using this tutorial by Rachel at Not So Plain Jane.

The blocks come out to be 9" square and are quick to sew up.

I made some labels using the freezer paper method (Create the message for your label on the computer word processor.  Format with 3 columns and make 12 labels per sheet.  Cut out a piece of freezer paper 8 1/2 x 11" and a piece of cloth the same size.  Iron the cloth to the shiny side of the freezer paper and place into the printer so the printing will be on the cloth.  Press with hot iron to set the ink.)

I used the backing/ self binding tutorial by Allison at Cluck, Cluck, Sew here.  It's much quicker than sewing binding on and looks quite nice.  I will use this method a lot more now that I've tried it!  
A bit of swirl quilting prior to sewing down the binding.
Found some fun packaging and accessories at the dollar store!

Packaged up in these cellophane bags with packet of hot cocoa will be a sweet treat, don't you think?
Thanks for stopping by Christmas Corner!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Birthday Gifts

I realized one of my coworkers is having a birthday tomorrow.  I looked through my WIPs to see if there was something fun to finish up for a present.

Luckily, I found one completed place mat and one that just needed some binding.
Here is the link to the free tutorial at Bee in my Bonnet in case you want to make some too.

And I even found an apron to include for her husband because he's an excellent cook and she brings such delicious things to share!  Here's the link to my simple apron tutorial.  (Note:  To this apron, I added a pocket, contrast bottom and contrast bias tape for finishing the edges which I don't show in my tutorial)
And I even found a card that I stamped in the past that became a cute birthday card!

Thanks for stopping by!  Sheri

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Christmas Symbol Quilt Along -- Christmas Candle block and tutorial

Welcome to the Christmas Symbols Quilt Along!  The fourth symbol of the quilt along is a candle.

John 8:12 :  I am the light of the world:  he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker!  I'm enjoying designing candlesticks -- there are so many options!  I'm going to test the pattern a bit more and may come back with corrections and please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween Greeting and Pillow!

I saw a cute pillow pattern/tutorial by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter and got inspired to sew some orange and black.
Here's the link and she's got lots of great free tutorials here.
Here's my version.

This is the back.  I love the pumkin fabric and think the back is as cute or cuter than the front!
Have a fun Halloween!  Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Christmas Corner -- October 2015

Welcome to Christmas Corner -- a place to share Christmas projects on the 25th of each month!  And to the Christmas Symbols Quilt Along!

Click here for quilt along details.
The 3rd symbol of the Christmas symbols quilt along is the Christmas tree.  Whether decorated with homemade ornaments or fancy and sparkling ones, Christmas trees are another cherished Christmas symbol.
The ever green tree symbolizes life and points to heaven.   Proverbs 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life

I followed Elaine's directions for my Christmas trees.  To make 10 1/2" blocks, she said to keep sewing scrappy strips until you have 9 1/2".
Scrappy Christmas tree sachet
Elaine at Summercrafter's scrappy version.  Click here for the tutorial!
I stacked up and sewed the strips together, as Elaine says, like a birthday cake.
I wanted to cut a 60 degree angle (see the 60 degree line at the bottom ) so I could then sew on a 30 degree side piece, but it didn't quite work out the way I wanted.  The side pieces are a bit crooked, which would not have been noticeable if it weren't printed fabric.
I cut out a rectangle 11 x 6 3/4" and sliced diagonally for the side pieces but had to make 2 sets because you need mirror images.
They are fun!

Snowman Door Hanging

I started with some snow balled blocks I made a few years ago.
Three blocks sewn together, add a hat and 2 1/2" blocks border...
Appliqued a nose on...
Free motion quilting....

And some buttons for the finishing touch!
Thanks for stopping by Christmas Corner!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Christmas Symbols Quilt Along-- Candy Canes and Tutorial

The second symbol of the quilt along, is the Candy Cane.  Candy canes symbolize Christmas because the shape is like a shepherds crook.
 The shepherds came to see baby Jesus. Christ is known as the good shepherd.  And when turned, the shape is a letter "J"

Luke 2: 8-9  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them.

Candy Cane block tutorial

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Christmas Symbols Quilt Along Wreath Tutorial

 Christmas Symbols -- Wreath Block

Wreath Tutorial (2 styles) Both 10 1/2"
On Point Wreath                                 9 Patch Wreath  

Christmas Symbols Quilt Along

  • Celebrate Christmas by Sewing Christmas Symbols blocks
  • Easy and Quick to sew blocks to maximize precious time
  • Upload your blocks to the Christmas Symbols  Flickr Group
  • Link up your blocks below for a random drawing in Nov. December
  • Stop by regularly for new blocks and Tutorials!

The first symbol is a Christmas Wreath!  The wreath is often made with evergreens which symbolize everlasting life and is circular which symbolizes eternity.
1st Corinthians 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Feel free to use this tutorial or make your own favorite pattern!

Wreath Tutorial
Second Symbol:  The Candy Cane.  Click here for the candy cane block tutorial
Third symbol:  Christmas trees.  Click here for the post and link to the tutorial.
Christmas Candles

Note:  Some symbols and scripture references attributed to Emilie's family time blog ideas: A Year of Family Home Evenings.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts; Kathy's Quilts; A Quilted Passion; and Sew Can She; 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Christmas Corner September 2015

Festive Place Mats and Napkins
           Welcome to Christmas Corner, a place to share holiday projects on the 25th of each month.
My original plan for Christmas Corner went awry, when I forgot something I needed to complete the project.
But luckily a new plan was hatched!

Holiday napkins and place mats!
I was out shopping in Boise today with my cousin and saw this cute napkin pattern for only $2.50, by Karen Montgomery.  Can you see it looks like a Christmas tree?

I chose some coordinating fabrics with silver metallic accents for a little extra sparkle.

 Both the napkins and place mats reversible.  Since these are quick to make, you could sew several sets for gifts.  The place mats finish at 12 x 18" so cut them out at 12 1/2 x 18 1/2", sew right sides together leaving a 3" opening for turning.  Then press and top stitch.  I would recommend prewashing the fabrics.  I want to add some silver ribbon, but not sure where?
Thanks for stopping by!   Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.