This is the second part of my quilted Christmas postcards series inspired by Quilter’s World, December 2015 issue.
Let’s start with my favorite, the quilted Christmas tree, based on Christmas Tree Skirt by Bev Getschel.
I was in the process of cleaning up scraps after working on my Gravity Quilt – a quilt which uses 109 different shades of Kona cotton solids. The kit contains layer cakes (10″ squares) of each colour and there were leftovers of each color. In other words, a lot of really pretty colours to work with! It took 3 attempts to get the tree right. In the end, using tissue to paper piece the tree provided the best result. But this has taken scrap hoarding to a whole new level! My wonky star doesn’t look anything like the Star Whimsy Wire Ornament (by Chris Malone) that inspired it. It seems I have lost my
crazy quilting ability. On the other hand, it WAS kinda small!
I gave up on the crazy quilting. The 12 piece star became 1, with some echo stitching, a ‘frame’ and a gemstone. Done is done.
The Perfect Tree (by Julie Weaver) became perfect only after I stopped trying to piece it! I love the double frame, and it was surprisingly easy to do with only one seam that is hidden under the frame above it.
Classy Christmas Mug Rug (by Carolyn S. Vagts) looked easy enough. But looks are deceiving. It was one of those items that challenged me every step of the way, and I kept adding things to try and rescue it. In the end it just might land on the ‘seconds’ pile.
Finally, here are a couple of postcards for the Grandkids (shh, don’t tell them). They are part of my “Super Simple” series, made from preprinted fabric. Fast, easy and adorable.