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12 Days of Christmas, Day 6!

Hi Quilting Friends!

Welcome to Day 6 of our “12 Days of Christmas” series! We hope that you’re enjoying the projects that we’ve shown so far.

Today’s featured pattern is the “Ugly Sweater Contest Owl”. Owl’s sweater features a colorful string of Christmas lights. Do you think that he has a chance to win this year’s contest? I will wait to decide until I’ve seen all of the contestants.

Ugly Sweater Owl by Ms P Designs USA

I decided to use the owl applique block that I made to sew up a colorful Christmas placemat. I started with my 7″ by 7″ square applique block, and then I added strips of Christmas print fabric on the top and bottom of the block to make it large enough for a placemat. I cut 12 of my 5″ charm squares in half, and then sewed them together again to make two strips with 6 pieces each. (I saved the rest of the charm square pieces for a second place mat, which you’ll be seeing soon!) I inserted some red jumbo rick rack into the seam between the center panel and the pieced strip to match my tea cozy.

I kept the quilting on this project very simple, outline stitching just inside the seams around each of the sections of fabric. I used a narrow red binding to finish the edges of the placemat. The back of the place mat features a pretty Christmas print, so it is reversible.

Owl Place Mat by Ms P Designs USA

Giveaway time! If you’d like to win a free “Ugly Sweater Contest Owl” pattern, use the Rafflecopter Link and complete the task for entry into the giveaway. The giveaway will be open for entries until midnight on December 6. We’ll notify the winner via email on December 8. Good luck!

In love with the owl? You can purchase the pattern right here or browse the whole collection in Ms P’s Pattern Shop!

Ugly Sweater Owl by Ms P Designs USA

Please come back again tomorrow for Day 7, when Susan shares another fun Christmas project.

Happy quilting,


6 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas, Day 6!

  1. Do I usually make handmade gifts? Not anymore for anyone outside my immediate family. Too many complaints, too many people think I was “being cheap” giving things that cost a lot of time and money when all they wanted was something from the mall. Now they beg for things and quilts for children. Many burnt bridges.


  2. I love to make handmade gifts at Christmas, even before I started quilting. I also like to work with wood and paint (oil and acrylic). Home/handmade gifts always mean more to me because I know the time and effort necessary to create them. This year I’m making stuffed animals and a small quilt for a new granddaughter.


  3. I have sometimes made handmade gifts. I like to bake, so baked goods have been one of my favorite gifts to give. I have sewn and quilted a few gifts.


  4. People just don’t realize how much handmade items cost and how special they really are. Love the ugly sweater owl!


  5. What a great ugly sweater owl placemat, especially for a young grandson – love it! Have made gifts in the past but am “broken” this year with a shoulder/upper back injury from early October. My friends & family absolutely love my homemade quilty things & I truly enjoy creating for them! May be more creating next year. Thanks so much for all the great creative ideas you share with us.


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